Have you encountered any
carnal giants in your Christian life this week? Have
you killed any of them? Have you encountered some
high impenetrable walls you have to crossover?
Many Christians, think
they are slaves to the giants in their lives. They
do not know they have been set free to love and
serve Christ. "It was for freedom that Christ set us
free; therefore keep standing firm and do not be
subject again to a yoke of slavery" (Galatians 5:1).
In Romans chapter seven,
the Apostle Paul is talking to the regenerate, born
again believer. Paul describes for us something that
every believer will go through again and again for
the rest of his life on this earth. Paul opens his
heart and shares with us his own personal feelings.
It was not something Paul went through only once and
would never have to face again. It is not like he
moves on to Romans 8 and never goes back to Romans 7
experiences. Paul went through it again and again in
his life because sin has the power to deceive us.
Only true believers go through what Paul speaks of
here. The unbeliever does not because he is a slave
to sin. He is dead in trespasses and sins.
Have you come to the
place where you are tired of everything the flesh
produces in your Christian life? Are you getting
tired of techniques, programs, conferences, videos,
and meetings? Have you come to the place where you
cast yourself unreservedly on the all sufficiency of
Christ and cried out "O wretched man that I am"? You
have to come to the end of yourself before the Holy
Spirit can take over. You have to come to the end of
trying to live the Christian life in your own
strength. "I am sick and tired of trying to live the
Christian life in the power of the flesh."
It is a sense of
spiritual poverty. The immature Christian is
characterized by self-confidence. We never move on
to spiritual maturity until we come to this sense of
poverty in the spirit. In the flesh dwells no good
thing. Carnal believers always have an arrogance
about them, an obsession with power, position,
praise, pride, passion, etc. The Holy Spirit honors
that which exalts the Lord Jesus Christ alone.
There is only one way to
kill giants. There is only one solution. "God alone
through Jesus Christ our Lord! Thanks be to God!"
(Rom. 7:25a, New English Bible).
Major Ian Thomas writes
candidly: "God has chosen the weak and the base and
the nothing, and the things that are not, to
confound the things that are, and all God demands of
a man is his availability—to be what man was created
to be, the human vehicle of the divine life,
inhabited by God for God. That God may be Himself. .
. What you are is totally
family-wise, education-wise, personality-wise, and
any other wise, if only you will recognize the
principle that is God that works in you, to will and
to do His good-pleasure."
Joshua the human
commander and captain of Israel found that to be
Let look at the
preparation for conquering our giants.
FOR CONQUERING OUR GIANTS
Proud and mighty Jericho
stood at the entrance to the promises of God. It was
a fortified city. Israel looked up at the towering
walls of Jericho and saw the towering
impossibilities. There was no way under, no way
over, no way round, no way through those walls. From
the human standpoint it looked hopelessly
impossible. Here are these inexperienced Israelites
with bows and arrows and sling shots coming to
conquer the Canaanites who had battle experience and
military equipment to defend themselves.
God's Word gives
strength to the believer.
The Lord God told Joshua
1:5, "No one will be able to oppose you all the days
of your life. Just as I have been with Moses, I will
be with you; I will not desert you nor abandon you."
That promise gets repeated throughout the book of
Have you been making
personal application of these great promises in
Joshua to your personal life this week? They are
just as true today as they were in Joshua's day.
A recent study of 40,000
people "indicated that when people engaged in the
Scripture one time a week, which could include a
pastor instructing the congregation to 'open your
Bibles…', there was negligible effect on some key
areas of their life. The same result was true if
people engaged in the Scriptures two times a week.
The result equaled little to no effect.
"Three times a week saw a
small indication of life. There was a slight pulse,
a faint heartbeat. Something moved in the behavior
of the person engaging in Scripture. The eye opener
happened when Bible engagement reached at least four
times a week.
"There are profound
differences between people who engage the Scriptures
at least four times a week and those who engage with
Scripture less often.
"A steady climb of impact
would have been expected, but that was not the case.
The level was basically stagnant over days one and
two, with a small bump on day three. But when day
four was reached, the effects spiked in an
astounding way. The stunning findings included the
Feeling lonely drops 30%
Anger issues drop 32%
relationships drops 40%
Alcoholism drops 57%
Sex outside of marriage
stagnant drops 60%
Viewing pornography drops
Sharing your faith jumps
Discipling others jumps
"The research literally
leaps off the charts. The findings hammer home the
truth that there are profound differences between
people who engage the Scriptures at least four times
a week and those who engage with Scripture less
"The studies show that
the best spiritually based predictor among 13- to
17-year-old teenagers was their engagement in
(Quoted in Insights,
April 30, 2021. Copyright © 2021 · Lifeway Research,
a ministry of Lifeway Christian Resources).
Brad invited me join him
Wednesday night with our youth. I was excited to
hear their testimonies of how their reading the
Bible each day had given them victory and strength
to face their temptations, trials, and triumphs
during the week.
Take a few minutes and
spend time in the Word of God every day, and watch
how He changes your life. Spend as much time in the
bible as you do on Facebook.
Joshua meets the
Captain of the LORD God's army.
In Joshua 5:13-15 Joshua
was out surveying and planning for his battle for
"Now it came about when
Joshua was by Jericho, he raised his eyes and
looked, and behold, a man was standing opposite him
with his sword drawn in his hand, and Joshua went to
him and said to him, 'Are you for us or for our
enemies?' He said, 'No; rather I have come now as
captain of the army of the Lord.' And Joshua fell on
his face to the ground, and bowed down, and said to
him, 'What has my lord to say to his servant?' And
the captain of the Lord’s army said to Joshua,
'Remove your sandals from your feet, for the place
where you are standing is holy.' And Joshua did so"
(Joshua 5:13-15, NASB).
Joshua asked the wrong question. The man
replied, "No; rather I indeed come now as
captain of the army of the Lord" (v. 14). How often
do we go in to God asking the wrong questions?
Who is this "captain of
the army of the LORD'? Who is leading Israel to
conquer the Promised Land?
The word "hosts" in some
translations is the unseen army, invisible to the
human eye that surrounds the throne of God. This
"captain of the army of the LORD" is the angel of
the covenant appearing in human form to take command
of the armies of Israel. Israel's Joshua is under
this captain. Israel's deliverance comes from only
one source just as our deliverance comes from only
one source—God for us in Christ.
recognizes the supernatural character of this
visitor. "And Joshua fell on his face to the earth,
and bowed down, and said to him, 'What has my lord
to say to his servant?'" (v. 14b). Joshua fell on
his face and worshiped. Who is this person? It is
sin to worship angels and men.
Joshua 5:15, "The captain
of the LORD’S army said to Joshua, 'Remove your
sandals from your feet, for the place where you are
standing is holy.' And Joshua did so." Joshua did
not have any problem with obedience. Jesus said, "If
you love Me you will keep My commandments." If you
love Him you will obey Him. You don't turn 18 and no
longer have a need to obey Him. It is a question of
Yahweh had come to lead
His people to victory. Yahweh is our salvation. The
captain of the Lord's host is none other than the
Great Captain of our salvation, the Lord Jesus
Christ. The angel of the covenant of the Old
Testament is Jesus Christ in the New Testament. He
is Immanuel––God with us. He leads us into the
Christian's Promised Land.
You cannot help but make
the comparison between Moses and the burning bush
and Joshua and the Captain of the host of the LORD.
A promise of God's
personal presence always carries with it the
assurance of God's personal care and provision. God
is not our personal genie. You do not rub your hand
over Christ and get whatever your heart's desire.
The battle, Joshua is reminded, is the LORD's. We
are here to serve Him in His battle for
righteousness. We are here to do His will. He is not
here to serve us. Christ is our victorious Savior.
You want to defeat your
giants, get into God's word daily and walk with your
The LORD God prepares and
leads us into the battle according to His plan
against our giants.
II. THE PLAN FOR
CONQUERING YOUR GIANTS (JOSHUA 6:1-2)
Joshua 6:1 says, "Now
Jericho was tightly shut because of the sons of
Israel; no one went out and no one came in." They
had shut the gates and locked themselves in the city
Jericho had two thick
walls around it with houses sitting on top of the
walls like a fortress. It was fortified. It had a
king and valiant warriors.
Have you identified
some carnal giants in your life?
Has the Holy Spirit
identified some damaging, destructive, sinful giants
in your Christian life that you need to conquer?
Perhaps He has been putting His finger in your heart
over and over again and saying lets work on this
sinful attitude, way of thinking or behavior. Who or
what are the sinful giants you have hidden behind
the walls of your Jericho?
Who is the king of
Jericho in your life this week? Perhaps it is
legalism. Are you trying to save yourself by you
good works? As a Christian are you trying to
sanctify yourself with self-effort rather than
walking by faith in Christ? Legalism destroys a
vibrant, Spirit filled walk with Christ into
Christian maturity. You cannot have the
Spirit-controlled life and legalism at the same
Perhaps you are dealing
with religious arrogance. Are you working on an
attitude of religious superiority? Perhaps the Holy
Spirit is saying to you it is time to grow up
spiritually. Spiritual immaturity is taking its toll
on you. Is irresponsibility your giant?
How do you respond to
life's events? Is fear and anxiety or depression
your giant? Have you arrived at the place where you
realize you need to do something about it?
Is there a vicious
bombardment of bad attitudes? You have been
confronted with them over and over again. The Holy
Spirit is saying enough. Here is the one we are
going to work on.
Maybe it is the giant of
self, just plain old selfishness, greed,
covetousness. Always looking out for number one?
Do your grieve the Holy
Spirit with anger, bitterness, wrath, clamor,
slander, malice, judgmental attitude when He keeps
saying to you be kind to one another, compassionate,
Perhaps your giant is
sexual sins, immorality, filthy and foolish talk, or
The LORD God is holy and
His people must be holy. He will not make a truce
Joshua's victories are
pictures of the Christian's victory over sin in our
lives. Satan will work to destroy your fellowship
with God and your testimony of God's saving grace.
He will go to all costs to prevent you from going in
and taking possession of all of your inheritance in
Jesus Christ. Satan was defeated at Calvary. He
knows he is defeated, but he will try his best to
take you down with him. He knows he cannot take away
your salvation, but he will seek to destroy your
testimony and love for Christ. Satan wants you to
feel defeated. He wants you to feel powerless. He
wants you to feel hopeless in your spiritual life.
He wants you to stay at the same spiritual level you
are now. Where are you going to be ten years from
now in your Christian walk?
Will you make a once and
for all commitment to the Lord to take a stand and
grow in your sanctification? It begins by making
yourself available every day to Him to make you into
the person He wants you to be for His glory. Renew
that commitment every morning as you rise for the
Moreover, God has
promised to lead us from victory to victory. He
wants us to depend upon Him and appropriate by faith
His victory for us.
How did God view
the situation in Jericho?
Joshua 6:2: "But the Lord
said to Joshua, 'See, I have handed Jericho over to
you, with its king and the valiant warriors.'" From
God's perspective Jericho was already defeated. No
problem for God.
living is not automatic. We must be rightly related
to Christ. Our focus must be dependent upon Him for
guidance and strength. We must depend upon Him for
our daily walk. If we trust our own scheming and
planning we will fail. We can not conqueror Jericho
is our own strength. The key is being strong and the
Lord and the strength of His might. The Christian
life is an exchanged life. We live it not in our own
strength, but in the strength and wisdom of the
Lord. We need daily wisdom and guidance to win. We
get our strength from His presence and His power.
Joshua took God at His
Word. When God told Joshua that Jericho was his,
Joshua believed him. He believed God would fulfill
His promises of victory. No river was too wide, no
situation too difficult, no wall too formidable for
waited on God's marching orders (Joshua 6:3-5).
"And you shall march
around the city, all the men of war circling the
city once. You shall do so for six days. Also seven
priests shall carry seven trumpets of rams’ horns in
front of the ark; then on the seventh day you shall
march around the city seven times, and the priests
shall blow the trumpets. It shall be that when they
make a long blast with the ram’s horn, and when you
hear the sound of the trumpet, all the people shall
shout with a great shout; and the wall of the city
will fall down flat, and the people shall go up,
everyone straight ahead" (Joshua 6:3-5).
The people of
Israel obeyed their faithful leader (Joshua 6:6-14).
"So Joshua the son of Nun
called the priests and said to them, “Take up the
ark of the covenant, and have seven priests carry
seven trumpets of rams’ horns in front of the ark of
the Lord.” Then he said to the people, “Go forward
and march around the city, and the armed men shall
go on ahead of the ark of the Lord.” And it was so,
that when Joshua had spoken to the people, the seven
priests carrying the seven trumpets of rams’ horns
before the Lord went forward and blew the trumpets;
and the ark of the covenant of the Lord followed
them. And the armed men went ahead of the priests
who blew the trumpets, and the rear guard came after
the ark, while they continued to blow the trumpets.
But Joshua commanded the people, saying, “You shall
not shout nor let your voice be heard, nor let a
word proceed from your mouth, until the day I tell
you, ‘Shout!’ Then you shall shout!” So he had the
ark of the Lord taken around the city, circling it
once; then they came into the camp and spent the
night in the camp.
"Now Joshua got up early
in the morning, and the priests took up the ark of
the Lord. Then the seven priests carrying the seven
trumpets of rams’ horns in front of the ark of the
Lord went on continually, and blew the trumpets; and
the armed men went ahead of them, and the rear guard
came after the ark of the Lord, while they continued
to blow the trumpets. So the second day they marched
around the city once and returned to the camp; they
did the same for six days" (Joshua 6:6-14).
Over the past 40 years
Israel did not have a good track record on faith.
Moreover, shouting had never toppled a wall before
I wonder what went on in
the mind of the people of Jericho behind those walls
as they watched this crazy parade day after day for
six days. Here was a perfect picture of
psychological warfare. God was at work in Jericho.
God prepares us according
to His plan to fulfill His eternal purpose in and
III. THE PROMISE OF
GOD FULFILLED AGAINST GIANTS (JOSHUA 6:16-20).
"Then on the seventh day
they got up early at the dawning of the day and
marched around the city in the same way seven times;
only on that day did they march around the city
seven times. And at the seventh time, when the
priests blew the trumpets, Joshua said to the
people, “Shout! For the Lord has given you the city"
The people of
Israel could say, "I saw God do it!"
"So the people shouted,
and the priests blew the trumpets; and when the
people heard the sound of the trumpet, the people
shouted with a great shout, and the wall fell down
flat, so that the people went up into the city,
everyone straight ahead, and they took the city"
God has given us the
land; let's go get it! But we have to kill some
giants along the way.
Since God did it
there, He can do it here.
J. Sidlow Baxter writes:
"Faith's first rule of action is to ascertain the
will and word of God. Faith's second rule of action
is to obey that will and word implicitly. Faith's
final rule of action is to reckon on that word, and
count the thing as good as done, giving glory to God
in anticipation. . ."
PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICAL APPLICATIONS
1. God still keeps
His promises. He has not changed.
Get into God's Word daily
and claim His promises and watch Him kill some
giants and overcome walls of defeat in your life.
Isaiah 26:3-4 says, "The
steadfast of mind You will keep in perfect peace,
Because he trusts in You.
Trust in the Lord
For in God the Lord, we
have an everlasting Rock."
Or as the KJV reads:
"Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace whose mind is
stayed on Thee" because he trusts in Thee."
Philippians 4:19, "And my God shall supply all your
needs according to His riches in glory in Christ
2 Corinthians 4:16-18,
"Therefore we do not lose heart, but though our
outer person is decaying, yet our inner person is
being renewed day by day. For our momentary, light
affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of
glory far beyond all comparison, while we look not
at the things which are seen, but at the things
which are not seen; for the things which are seen
are temporal, but the things which are not seen are
1 Cor. 10:12-13,
"Therefore let the one who thinks he stands watch
out that he does not fall. No temptation has
overtaken you except something common to mankind;
and God is faithful, so He will not allow you to be
tempted beyond what you are able, but with the
temptation will provide the way of escape also, so
that you will be able to endure it."
2. Believe and act
on God's promises by faith.
Faith in the Lord plus
action can tear down every towering impossibility
and kill every giant.
Faith is always talking.
Faith speaks. "Yes, that wall in Jericho is a
monstrous thing. The outer wall is six feet thick
and inner wall is 12 feet thick, but the Lord can
take that thing down. The Lord can deliver us from
some Jericho in Dixie. I saw God do it, and I shall
see Him do it again." Faith speaks, "But what if it
really is true that God can …"
3. What is the wall
or giant you are looking at right now?
Has that giant become so
enlarged in your imagination that you can see
nothing else? Can you see a glimmer of hope beyond
the wall? How big is your God? Get eternity into the
4. Obey the Word of
Obey what you know to be
God's will at the present moment. Do what you know
to be the right thing to God. Obey the Word of God.
Make yourself available
to the Lord moment by moment, one day at a time.
When you are in the will of God one day at a time
you are always in the will of God.
Lord I make myself
available to you to do in and through me whatever
you are pleased to do that will bring glory to your
Holy Spirit of God I make
myself available to you. Break me, cleanse me,
fashion me and mold me into the image, character and
likeness of Christ.
I want to make myself
available to all the Father makes available to me.
Title: Joshua 5:13-6:27