PLAN FOR VICTORY
(A New Year Message)
TEXT: And the Lord said unto Joshua ...Joshua 6:2
INTRODUCTION: There are many places in the Bible where we find a record of the Lord s paln for victory, but possibly one of the very best is the one connected with the conqueror of Jericho. In the unfolding of the Lord s plan we find the following steps, and we will do well to follow these unto victory in every undertaking.
I.LISTEN TO THE WORD OF THE LORD
When Joshua was by Jericho he saw a man with a drawn sword in his hand. When asked who he was the man answered, "As captain of the host of the Lord am I come." Joshua then said, as he fell on his face before the Lord, "What saith my Lord unto his servant?"
II. LEARN THE WILL OF THE LORD
As the Lord spoke to Joshua, he revealed to him his will. The will of the Lord for Joshua and Israel was for them to cross over the Jordan River; conquer Jericho and the entire land about, divide it among the tribes and use it frn the Lord. We can learn the will of the Lord for our life, for our home, for our church, and for our nation if we will speak to the Lord and hear his message. Learn the will of the Lord.
III. LOVE THE WAY OF THE LORD
The Lord told Joshua that he would win victory over Jericho if he would form a line of march in a certain way, go about the city once each day for six days, and on the seventh day go around seven times, sound the trumpets and let all the people shout. This was the revealed way of the Lord for victory. Joshua followed in it. Love the way of the Lord and go in it and win victory for the Lord.
IV. LIVE THE WISHES OF THE LORD
The Lord was looking for Joshua to trust him. He did just as the Lord commanded. 1ff anyone exoressed doubt about victory on the basis of the plan of the Lord, Joshua could say, "The Lord said it and I believe it and that settlesit." He lived the wishes of the Lord.
V. LOOK FOR VICTORY OF THE LORD
Joshua did all the Lord told him to do and did it in the way the Lord told him to do it. When all had completed the seventh round about the city on the seventh day, Joshua commanded the priests to sound the trumpets and the people to shout. As they did this Joshua stood looking for victory and the walls of Jericho fell down and victory came.
Listen to the Word of the Lord, learn his will love his way, live his wishes.