Sunday, October 4, 2015
Notes: Glory Days
SPEAKER: Max Lucado
Harvest Worship Band
Sunday, October 4, 2015 — 10:00 a.m.
Some times it feels that we all need to just spend a moment with Christ.
Max became a believer in college, just before he could of easily gone into a life of alcoholism and womanizing. Best decision he ever made.
Jericho was a walled city filled with bad people. The walls seemed impenetrable. Joshua didn't take the walls down, God did.
Our Jericho could be anger, fear, grief, pain or any other thing that keeps us from our glory filled lives.
Joshua led 2 million people into the promise land during the 7 Glory Years of Israel.
Do you feel like you could use some glory days? Do you feel like you have spent more time in the wilderness than with God?
Only 11% of Christians feel like they are advancing in their faith.
The book of Joshua is in the Bible so people can see how God can move us from a barren life into a Promised Land life.
To enter into the promise land, your Jericho must come down. That is anything that is blocking your faith from advancing.
Joshua 6:2-5 NKJV
 And the LORD said to Joshua: "See! I have given Jericho into your hand, its king, and the mighty men of valor.  You shall march around the city, all you men of war; you shall go all around the city once. This you shall do six days.  And seven priests shall bear seven trumpets of rams' horns before the ark. But the seventh day you shall march around the city seven times, and the priests shall blow the trumpets.  It shall come to pass, when they make a long blast with the ram's horn, and when you hear the sound of the trumpet, that all the people shall shout with a great shout; then the wall of the city will fall down flat. And the people shall go up every man straight before him."
Saved people fight from victory not for victory.
The Christian Faith is all about receiving your inheritance from the Lord. You didn't earn it, your received it.
You are not just a heir but a co-heir of Heaven with Jesus.
Promised land people get these things, Promised Land people know there are bad things coming but those bad things will not win.
Do not trap yourself with "Wilderness" thinking.
Promised Land people don't think or talk like Wilderness Land people.
We move forward in faith not fear. From victory not defeat.
Joshua believed in his inheritance.
Joshua 6:6-10 NKJV
 Then Joshua the son of Nun called the priests and said to them, "Take up the ark of the covenant, and let seven priests bear seven trumpets of rams' horns before the ark of the LORD."  And he said to the people, "Proceed, and march around the city, and let him who is armed advance before the ark of the LORD."  So it was, when Joshua had spoken to the people, that the seven priests bearing the seven trumpets of rams' horns before the LORD advanced and blew the trumpets, and the ark of the covenant of the LORD followed them.  The armed men went before the priests who blew the trumpets, and the rear guard came after the ark, while the priests continued blowing the trumpets.  Now Joshua had commanded the people, saying, "You shall not shout or make any noise with your voice, nor shall a word proceed out of your mouth, until the day I say to you, 'Shout!' Then you shall shout."
There was no war cry, the people were told to be quiet.
Jericho was engaging in Spiritual Warfare.
There is a devil, he is on a short leash and his days are numbered. He spits lies at all times to deceive us all.
As Christians we are not afraid of the devil. We see that he is there, but we focus on God.
Jericho is a stronghold or attitude that keeps us from marching into the promise land.
2 Corinthians 10:3-5 NKJV
 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh.  For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds,  casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ,
In our case, a stronghold is not a physical wall, but a thought or opinion that keeps us from God. It's a lie.
"Nothing good has ever happened to me" is a stronghold it's a lie.
You have to acknowledge that there is a stronghold, just like Joshua acknowledged there was Jericho.
Then he put the Arc of the Covenant in the middle of it, for us that is God. You put God into the center of your stronghold.
Then he blasted the ram’s horn. It's a symbol of how God provides. They were living out their inheritance. You get your Rams horn out of Bible scriptures.
A great Rams horn...
Romans 8:1 NKJV
 There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.
Rather then give into a stronghold pick up a Rams horn.
Next time you sense a stronghold grab a Rams horn:
Philippians 4:4-7 NKJV
 Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice!  Let your gentleness be known to all men. The Lord is at hand.  Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God;  and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
We are in spiritual warfare, and we must battle it accordingly. Satan will not stay where scripture is used to battle him.
Psalm 25:5 NKJV
 Lead me in Your truth and teach me, For You are the God of my salvation; On You I wait all the day.
The Bible is the sword of the Spirit.
Memorize some scripture and pull it out like a sword when you need to battle the devil.
We don't know how long we have to march around our Jericho.
1 Corinthians 15:58 NKJV
 Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.
Keep God in the middle of your strongholds.
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