Overcoming Obstacles by Faith

Hebrews 11:30

Adrian Rogers

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Scripture Passage: Hebrews 11:30

Sometimes, we may experience obstacles that stand between us and our most holy ambitions.

Adrian Rogers says, “Faith is the link that binds our nothingness to His Almightiness.”

In Joshua 5, the Israelites had left Egypt and were ready to capture the land of Canaan. However, the pagan city of Jericho stood in their way. This story shows what it means to overcome obstacles by faith.

Hebrews 11:30 says, “By faith the walls of Jericho fell down after they were encircled for seven days.”

First, we should note the worship of faith.

In Joshua 5:13-15, Joshua encounters the pre-incarnate Jesus Christ, and as a response, he falls to his face in worship.

Worshiping Jesus always builds our faith; when we face Jericho-sized problems in our lives, we must remember to set our affections on things above—fix our eyes on Jesus, and let our faith grow.

Second, we see the obedient work of faith.

The Lord did not tell Joshua to dig a tunnel or build ladders to scale the impenetrable walls of Jericho. Instead, He told Joshua to march around the city’s perimeter.

God’s plan for victory seemed very strange; however, it is not our job to understand our instruction from God, but to obey, living by faith. The Israelites obeyed God, and that was enough.

Third, we see the wait of faith.

The Israelites were completely dependent on God’s timing. Many obstacles we face are opportunities to learn patience. Waiting on God is never wasted time. Our faith in Him is meant to last—to be strengthened through endurance.

Fourth, we see the word of faith.

Joshua spoke the Word of God to his army because he had received it for himself. By its simplest definition, faith is agreeing with the Word of God. We can only believe God for something that already is so in His heart and mind.

Finally, we must note the wonder of faith.

Joshua 6 tells us that the walls of Jericho came falling down. God gave the victory to Israel and brought judgment to the people of Jericho. In a nation as ripe for judgment as ours, a life of faith is our only hope.

Apply it to your life

Are you facing obstacles today that must be overcome by faith?

Adrian Rogers says, “Take your eyes off Jericho and put them on Jesus. Don’t dwell on your problems; dwell on your Lord.”

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