Faith On Display! * Pastor Jerry Ghirardo * 8/26/18

Faith On Display!

Joshua 6:1-20

August 26, 2018

1. God has an incredible VICTORIOUS PLAN for your life.

God's plan is full of twists, turns, challenges, setbacks and unusual tactics, and it requires great faith in Christ.

Joshua 6:2 - "Then the Lord said to Joshua, 'See, I have delivered Jericho in to your hands, along with its king and its fighting men."

Jeremiah 29:11 - "'For I know the plans I have for you' declared the Lord, 'plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.'"

2. In these plans, God will use some very unusual TACTICS.

In the battle of Jericho, the Lord directed Joshua and the Israelites to employ one of the most unusual tactics recorded in the Bible.

Joshua 6:3-5 - "March around the city once with all the armed men. Do this for six days. Have seven priests carry trumpets of ram's horns n front of the ark. On the seventh day, march around the city seven times, with the priests blowing the trumpets. When you hear them sound a long blast on the trumpets, have the whole army give a loud shout; then the wall of the city will collapse and the army will go up, everyone straight in."

Exodus 14 - God delivered the Israelites when they were backed up to the red Sea.

Judges 7 - God pares down Gideon's army to 300 men and leads them to victory over the Midianites.

Matthew 27, Mark 15, Luke 23, John 19 - God crucified his own Son to bring salvation to those who believe in Jesus as Lord and Savior.

3. The Lord wants to put our FAITH on DISPLAY.

Joshua 6:20 - "When the trumpets sounded, the army shouted, and at the sound of the trumpet, when the men gave a loud shout, the wall collapsed so everyone charged straight in and took the city."

Hebrews 11:30 - "By faith the walls of Jericho fell, after the army had marched around them for seven days."

Hebrews 11:1 - "Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see,"

Hebrews 11:6 - "And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him."

1 Samuel 17:45-47 - "David said to the Philistine, 'You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defiled. This day the Lord will deliver you into our hands...All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the Lord saves; for the battle is the Lord's, and he will give all of you into our hands.'"

Our faith in Christ is on full display as we profess Jesus as Lord and Savior and as we walk in victory every day.