Give the account of our Church suing a major oil company for 10 Billion, 800 Million Dollars. (Deuteronomy 20:10-12)
The story of Jericho, a very defensible city … and its fall.
Joshua 2:11 And as soon as we heard these things, our hearts melted; neither did there remain any more courage in anyone because of you, for the LORD your God, He is God in heaven above and on earth beneath.
Joshua 5: 1 So it was, when all the kings of the Amorites who were on the west side of the Jordan, and all the kings of the Canaanites who were by the sea, heard that the LORD had dried up the waters of the Jordan from before the children of Israel until we had crossed over, that their heart melted; and there was no spirit in them any longer because of the children of Israel.
1 Now Jericho was securely shut up because of the children of Israel; none went out, and none came in.
2 And the LORD said to Joshua: "See! I have given Jericho into your hand, its king, and the mighty men of valor.
16 And the seventh time it happened, when the priests blew the trumpets, that Joshua said to the people: “Shout, for the LORD has given you the city!”
For 6 days the Children of Israel marched around the city of Jericho without any resistance. Each afternoon they returned to their camps and spent the night resting up for tomorrow’s campaign. Not once during the whole event do we hear anything about the army of Jericho or even one concerned citizen taking their chance to throw a rock or shoot an arrow. Jericho with all its resources just sat there defending itself by doing nothing. It is often the truth that, While we do nothing, nothing is getting done!
· Defense never wins the game – the very best defense can do is keep us from losing.
· Defense never scores a point, levels a target, makes a touchdown or takes a hill.
· Defense will keep us protecting the same ground over and over.
· If all we have is a good defense and never go on offense, we allow our enemies time and opportunity to rest and resupply before each assault.
Sometimes we don’t want to fight but neither do we want to lose. However, posturing ourselves only to defend ourselves will keep us sitting in stalemate. Victory will require us to take new ground.
The Children of God were required to advance and engage their enemies in order take the Promise Land. 40 years earlier Joshua told the Children of Israel these very words: “Let us go at once and possess the land …”
The 4 leprous men of 2 Kings 7 made a decision to go out and face the Syrian Army rather than do nothing about the situation they were in: They simply said: “Why sit we here until we die?”
That giant Philistine warrior named Goliath taunted and threatened King Saul and the whole army of Israel for 40 days making them afraid to fight until one young shepherd boy named David decided enough was enough and ran towards the giant with only a handful of rocks.
We cannot defend ourselves against hell, we must choose heaven and prepare ourselves, our families and friends to go there at all costs.
Three Reasons People Lose The Battle Before The Fight
1. They have no fight in them
a. Fearful; Timid; Tired; or Ill Informed
2. They are unprepared for the battle
a. Physically; Mentally; or Spiritually unprepared for the battle
3. They are on the wrong side
a. Don’t be deceived … God has a position that He will defend
b. There is always something you can do to please God