The Bible contains great stories of faith in God who works beyond reason. Moses was caught between the deep waters of a sea and the approaching bloodthirsty army of Pharoah. Nobody reading that for the first time could have guessed what was coming next! Abraham and Sarah wanted a child and God promised one. Through many trials and efforts they tried to make God’s promise come true on their own. When they were both well past the age of bearing children, who would have thought that Sarah would bear Isaac? Daniel spent the night safely and securely – in a lion’s den! Yes, there are victories in the Bible that are beyond reason … which points us to God alone who could make them happen. Joshua 5-6 is one of those stories.
Moses has gone to his reward and Joshua is the new leader of the Children of Israel. If you want to read a great commission from the Lord to Joshua take a look at Joshua 1:1-9! Notice that three times God instructs Joshua to be strong and courageous! When we get to chapter 5 the Children of Israel have had their last meal of manna (Joshua 5:10-12) and now eat the produce of Canaan. They are about to embark upon the most insane battle plan ever devised – and one of the most successful. It is a victory beyond reason for sure. I encourage you to open your Bible program or actually use a paper version to read the passages referenced ….it is an amazing story! But it is also a great illustration about how to live a victorious Christian life today! As I read this passage I see four principles for a Victory Beyond Reason.
Receive Your Marching Orders From the Lord (Joshua 5:13-14). What message does my Lord have for his servant? A great question for all of us to ask God. He may speak to us in any number of ways, but none is more sure than the Scriptures themselves. They give us instructions for life. If we do not spend time in the Word we should not wonder when we are confused about God’s will for our lives! One of the ‘marching orders’ of the Lord is the Great Commission – an instruction in global conquest with the victorious message of the Gospel. In our personal lives are we seeking God’s will for the decisions we need to make? Are we praying about the areas of life where we have suffered spiritual defeats?
There is no point in praying for victory over temptation if we are not willing to make a commitment to say no to it. ~Jerry Bridges
Are the things that are most important to us the most important things to God? When we look at God’s commands do we begin to make preparations for battle, or do we begin to make excuses?
Be ready to receive your orders by recognizing the Holiness of God (Joshua 5:15)
Holy Ground calls us to respect and honor God. Moses approached the burning bush, but was told to stay back and take off his shoes. Does the holiness of God ever humble us … by contrast call us to be quiet and remove our ‘shoes’? Holy ground is not a location, it is a place in the heart when we see how far God is above us, yet how near He is to us.
When we pray for the Spirit’s help … we will simply fall down at the Lord’s feet in our weakness. There we will find the victory and power that comes from His love. ~ Andrew Murray
Submit to the Sovereignty of God (Joshua 6:1-14). Can you imagine this parade? Trumpets sounding but not a word spoken! This does not seem like a battle plan – it seems really just crazy! I think that was the Lord’s point. What would make a leader like Joshua move ahead on such strange commands? He had removed his shoes at the holiness of God – God is simply ABOVE him and BEYOND him and WITHIN him. Have we followed any of the other crazy commands of God?The Beatitudes seem counter-intuitive. Jesus taught us how to treat our enemies – and it isn’t what we would normally do. It seems to me the entire Sermon on the Mount is a kind of “march around Jericho” instruction. The command to be baptized may seem this way to many. Why fight against something that God so clearly has asked us to do … and has so clearly told us what it means? Yet many will spiritualize it, move around it, seek to diminish it … it’s a march around Jericho instruction. So what should we do with that? Only true faith in the power and rule of God will motivate people to obey such an audacious command! When we perceive that God is sovereign – ruler, king, in control – then we have greater power to obey Him and move toward victory.
March until you have your Victory! (Joshua 6:15-20) They marched for six days. All six days not one brick fell from the wall of Jericho. Would you be tempted to give up… start feeling silly? Naaman was promised healing on the 7th baptism in the Jordan River (2 Kings 5). After six baptisms he was not healed yet. What would you do? He was dipped one more time and found his disease had gone. If you were marching around the city of Jericho, would you be looking around to see if anyone else was looking questionable? Spiritual Victory will always elude those who are easily shaken from duty.
But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.~ 1 Corinthians 15:57-58
What does that victory look like to you? What walls need to fall in your spirit? Have you failed at some point to stay faithful when you should have? Don’t give up on a renewed victory!
It is defeat that turns bone to flint; it is defeat that turns gristle to muscle; it is defeat
that makes men invincible. Do not then be afraid of defeat. You are never so near
to victory as when defeated in a good cause. ~Henry Ward Beecher
Victory sometimes will be beyond reason. We should…receive our marching orders from the Lord, recognize the holiness of God, submit to the Sovereignty of God, march until you have your victory!
Take your stand on the Rock of Ages. Let death, let the judgment come: the victory is
Christ’s and yours through Him. ~ D.L. Moody
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