Rahab- Faith over fear

Joseph LephiewSeries, Sermons, Transition-TRUSTING THE UNKNOWN

Sermon Notes

Joshua has been chosen by God to lead the people into he Promised Land.

They are ready. This is the new generation. This is the children of the first and fallen Moses generation who seen their parents not obey nor listen and follow Gods Instructions.

This generation I call the Joshua Generation is ready to go forward in faith into all of the promises of God, the Promised Land.

They have promised verbally to follow Joshua and verbally promised to listen and obey Gods word and direction and guidance. They also promised to get rid of anyone who is negative or tries to get them to not follow Gods Man and Message.

They have told to get prepared to CROSS-OVER. HERE IS WHERE WE START.

There are two areas of preparation one is where you are at the other is where you are going or hat you will face going.

Where they were at get water, food supplies and get mentally and spiritually prepared to CROSSOVER.
They next is where you are going.

“Joshua the son of Nun sent two men as scouts secretly from Shittim, saying, “Go, view the land, especially Jericho [the walled city].” So they went and came to the house of a prostitute named Rahab, and lodged there.”
Joshua 2:1 AMP

Joshua has wisdom just like Moses. God said I will be with you just like I was with Moses. But you see another level of wisdom here.

Remember the old Elvis song, “STOP, LOOK AND LISTEN.” Joshua stops, looks and listens and remembers what happened when Moses sent out spies to check out the place of advancing and opportunities. Moses sent out 12 spies 2 himself and Caleb came back with FAITH the other 10 came back with FEAR, DOUBT, WORRY, UNBELIEF.

10 PEOPLE IN FEAR WERE ABLE TO TAKE CONTROL AND INFLUENCE THE WHOLE NATION TO LACK, FEAR, AND POVERTY.

JOSHUA is filled with Power of Holy Spirit. He is also filled with wisdom. 12 spies was not a good idea, but 2 will good.

Send 2 and if one is negative and fearful we’ll it’s 1 against one. Wisdom says learn from others mistakes. Joshua is learning. HE REMEMBERS THE NEGATIVE OUTCOME.

LISTEN TO THE INSTRUCTIONS, GO VIEW THE LAND, ESPECIALLY JERICHO THE WALLED CITY. Jericho is there first challenge after they cross over the river Jordon and their first real battle as they enter into what is called their Promised Land.

God said the Promised Land was given by God as an inheritance to them. It was not laid into their lap. They would still have to rise up and fight and go and possess the land from other people. Remember last week when I gave everyone the eviction notices.

This land and promises have been given to us by God. We have to evict anything and anyone who is squatting on our promises.

The people of Jericho was the first challenge. The City was fortified with high walls. Very well protected.
Jericho represents something that looks so impossible between you and promises and blessings of God.

There will always be something you and I will have to face and conquer in order to overcome and receive His Promises.

David had his Goliath, Moses had his Pharaoh and Red Sea, Noah had people, Job had his wife, Daniel had his lions den.

We all have things that have been assigned to stand in between you and what God has for you.
Moses and his group had the wilderness. They would not cross over all the way so they choice to wander around and around stuck never going forward. Before David King Saul and army stuck in fear, immobilized stopped in their tracks.

Jericho is a huge walled city. They have to get inside to check it out.

I love how God will make a way, usually no way like you would think but He will make a better way. They are checking this walled city and notice a windows high up in the wall.

As they get inside they find out there is a home, non traditional home built into the wall.

NON TRADITIONAL, RELIGIOUS AND RELIGION IF YOU ARE NOT CAREFUL YOU WON’T SEE THESE GOD OPPORTUNITIES.
They next is where you are going.

“Joshua the son of Nun sent two men as scouts secretly from Shittim, saying, “Go, view the land, especially Jericho [the walled city].” So they went and came to the house of a prostitute named Rahab, and lodged there.”
Joshua 2:1 AMP

SO THEY WENT AND CAME TO THE HOUSE OF A PROSTITUTE NAMED RAHAB AND LODGED THERE.

THEY HAVE SPIED OUT THE WALLED CITY, SEEN A WINDOW HIGH UP IN THE WALL AND FIND IT IS OCCUPIED BY A BUSINESS WOMAN NAMED REHAB WHO IS IN THE HOSPITALITY BUSINESS. PROSTITUTION.

““For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” declares the LORD. “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways And My thoughts higher than your thoughts.”
Isaiah 55:8-9 AMP

God is showing He does not think in human thinking and reasoning. If we try to fit God and what and how He is to do things in our little box we will miss the greater opportunities He has for us.

They are meeting with Rehab local Madam for help. It also says they lodged there, spent the night.

God can use anyone to help in HIS VISION AND PLAN. I REMEMBER HAVING CHURCH IN THE INNER CITY AND IT WAS SUCH A CHALLENGE TO GET PEOPLE TO GIVE, TITHE AND TRUST GOD. POVERTY AND FEAR WAS SO STRONG. GOD WOULD SEND PEOPLE WHO WERE NOT GOOD CHURCH GOING PEOPLE TO BRING ME MONEY TO KEEP HIS CHURCH GOING.

A PIMP CAME ONE DAY AND WOULD NOT EVEN COME INTO THE CHURCH BUT WOULD COME BY AND GIVE LARGE SUMS OF MONEY TO HELP ME AND THEY MINISTRY. I WOULD GO OUTSIDE AND PRAY OVER THEM. I SAID THEM BECAUSE MANY DIFFERENT PEOPLE LIKE HIM NEW OF US AND OUR MISSION AND THEY WOULD NOT COME IN BUT WOULD HELP US.

I HAD MAN GOOD CHURCH LOVING PEOPLE WHO WOULD TALK ABOUT ME AND HOW COULD I TAKE THE UNHOLY MONEY FROM PEOPLE LIKE THAT. NO REMEMBER THEY WOULD NOT GIVE TITHE, NOR HELP BUT GREAT AT GOSSIP AND CRITICISM.

REHAB UNTRADITIONAL WAY.

The king sends out his army to find the 2 spies. Rehab hides them and protects them. Untraditional means to a way Rehab the prostitute helps them and they receive the help.

If you are to follow God all the way to your crossover you will have to get out of your religious thinking and ways. Gods way are not our ways they are higher. Trusting God will involve really trusting Him when it makes no sense.

I need money so God says give money. If I want to be he greatest I must become the least. If I want to be first I must be last. If I want to become a great leader I must become and bend my knee and become the greatest servant.

Gods ways are not logical. But they work because GOD WORKS.

“Trust in and rely confidently on the LORD with all your heart And do not rely on your own insight or understanding. In all your ways know and acknowledge and recognize Him, And He will make your paths straight and smooth [removing obstacles that block your way]. Do not be wise in your own eyes; Fear the LORD [with reverent awe and obedience] and turn [entirely] away from evil. It will be health to your body [your marrow, your nerves, your sinews, your muscles—all your inner parts] And refreshment (physical well-being) to your bones. Honor the LORD with your wealth And with the first fruits of all your crops (income); Then your barns will be abundantly filled And your vats will overflow with new wine.”
Proverbs 3:5-10 AMP

You will have to choose how you will do life.

Joshua in the 24 chapters tells the people to serve the Lord in fear(reverence) and sincerity, he says CHOOSE YOU THIS DAY WHOM YOU WILL SERVE, AS FOR ME AND MY HOUSE WE WILL SERVE THE LORD.

Confidence and Faith builder. Rehab is talking to the spies and she says.

“and she said to the men, “I know that the LORD has given you the land, and that the terror and dread of you has fallen on us, and that all the inhabitants of the land have melted [in despair] because of you. For we have heard how the LORD dried up the water of the Red Sea for you when you came out of Egypt, and what you did to the two kings of the Amorites who were beyond the Jordan [on the east], to Sihon and Og, whom you utterly destroyed. When we heard it, our hearts melted [in despair], and a [fighting] spirit no longer remained in any man because of you; for the LORD your God, He is God in heaven above and on earth beneath.”
Joshua 2:9-11 AMP

Rehab says I know the Lord has given you the land. She says terror and fear has spread to Jericho how? We have heard, we heard, how God dried up Red Sea, on and on.

Our enemies, our adversaries our oppositions need to hear your testimonies of How God healed your, how God supplied for you, how God did a miracle for you.

Testify, let the power and miracles speak.

What we and others hear has the power to fill your faith or drain it. Everyone and the media about the Corona virus, fear, death our world is going crazy. You will always loose faith and heart If you listen to negative. WHAT DOES GOD SAY, NOT CNN, NOT GOVERNMENT WHAT DOES JESUS SAY?

This is the report they gave to Joshua and the people.

“They said to Joshua, “Certainly the LORD has given all the land into our hands; for all the inhabitants of the land have melted [in despair] because of us.””
Joshua 2:24 AMP