Is God oOn Our Side? * Pastor Jerry Ghirardo * 8/19/2018

Is God On Our Side?

Joshua 5:13-15

August 19, 2018

1. It would be nice if we knew that the Lord was on OUR SIDE.

Joshua 5:13 - "Now when Joshua was near Jericho, he looked up and saw a man standing in front of him with a drawn sword in his hand. Joshua went up to him and asked, 'Are you for us or for our enemies?'"

Psalm 108:13 - "With God on our side we will win; he will defeat our enemies."

2. But it is much more important to be on the LORD'S side.

Joshua 5:14 - "Neither, he replied, but as Commander of the Army of the Lord I have now come."

Abraham Lincoln's quote during the Civil War - "For my concern is not whether God is on our side, my greatest concern is to be on God's side, for God is always right."

Psalm 73:28 - "But it is good for me to draw near to God; I have put my trust in the Lord God, that I may declare all thy works."

3. When we are on God's side, he will FIGHT for us.

Deuteronomy 20:4 - "For the Lord your God is the one who goes with you to fight for you against your enemies to give you victory."

Isaiah 49:25 - "For I will contend with him who contends with you."

Exodus 14:14 - "The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still."   

4. To be on  God's side we must demonstrate REVERENCE and HUMILITY.

Joshua 5:14 - "The Joshua fell face-down to the ground in reverence, and asked him, "What message does my Lord have for his servant?"

1 Kings 18:39 - "When all the people saw it, they fell on their faces; and they said, 'The Lord, He is God.'"

Revelation 7:11 - "And all the angels were standing around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures, and they fell on their faces before the throne and worshiped God."

5. God demands WORSHIP as our first act of service.

Joshua 5:15 - "The Commander of the Lord's Army replied, 'Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy.' And Joshua did so,"

Exodus 3:5 - "'Do not come any closer,' God said, 'Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy ground.'"

Revelation 22:8-9 - "I fell down to worship at the feet of the angel who had been showing them to me. But he said to me, 'Don't do that! I am a fellow servant with you...Worship God!'"