PREPARE FOR BATTLE
Joshua 3:1 And Joshua rose early in
the morning; and they removed from Shittim, and came to Jordan, he and all
the children of Israel, and lodged there before they passed over. (2) And
it came to pass after three days, that the officers went through the host;
THEY'RE STANDING BEFORE THE RIVER JORDAN,
GOD HAS ALREADY TOLD THEM THAT THEY ARE GOING OVER THE RIVER, But they must
WAIT 3 DAYS.
(3:3) And they commanded the people,
saying, When ye see the ark of the covenant of the LORD your God, and the
priests the Levites bearing it, then ye shall remove from your place, and
go after it. (4) Yet there shall be a space between you and it, about two
thousand cubits (4/5 Mile) by measure: come not near unto it, that ye may
know the way by which ye must go: for ye have not passed this way heretofore.
YOU HAVE NOT BEEN HERE BEFORE. YOU DON'T
KNOW WHAT'S HERE.
BUT HE DOES.
(5) And Joshua said unto the people,
Sanctify yourselves: for to morrow the LORD will do wonders among you.
THAT IS A WORD OF PROPHECY FOR WHITE SANDS
MINISTRIES. GET READY. FOR TOMORROW THE LORD IS GOING TO DO WONDERS!!
Take a few days to sanctify yourselves
and get yourselves ready... and YOU'RE gonna see miracles and power like
never before; SANCTIFY YOURSELVES!!
WE'RE GOING TO TALK TODAY ON PREPARING
HOW MANY OF YOU ARE READY FOR WAR???
YOU ARE IN A WAR, so you might as well
FIGHT, AMEN!! Turn back to Joshua 1
Joshua 1:2 Moses my servant is dead;
now therefore arise, go over this Jordan, thou, and all this people, unto
the land which I do give to them, even to the children of Israel. HE COMMANDED
THEM, to go over the Jordan River.
Joshua 1:3 Every place that the sole
of your foot shall tread upon, that have I given unto you, as I said unto
Joshua 1:6, "Be strong and of a
good courage: for unto this people shalt thou divide for an inheritance
the land, which I sware unto their fathers to give them."
Joshua 1:8 This book of the law shall
not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night,
that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein:
for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good
God says, to prepare for WAR.
God says, to be STRONG and not AFRAID.
God says, to Study and OBEY the law...
we'll we're doing that, RIGHT?
AND NOW, HE SAYS in Chapter 3 that we're
to SANCTIFY OURSELVES!!
GOD GAVE THEM THE LAND.
GOD GAVE THEM THE PROMISE THAT EVERY ENEMY
THAT OPPOSES GOD'S PEOPLE WILL BE DRIVEN OUT OF THE LAND.
THEY WILL POSSESS
HOUSES THEY DID NOT BUILD.
LAND THEY DID NOT PURCHASE.
VINEYARDS THEY DID NOT PLANT.
GOD KNEW THAT BEFORE YOU GOT TO THIS PLACE
OF BATTLE IN THIS MINISTRY THAT THERE WOULD BE ENEMIES OPPOSING YOU.
DO YOU THINK GOD WOULD TELL YOU TO BE SAVED,
BE SANCTIFIED, BE FILLED WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT, AND LEAVE YOU UP TO THE WHIMS
OF THE ENEMY?
THEY COME NOW TO THE RIVER JORDAN. THE
RIVER IS FLOWING.
THE BIBLE SAYS THAT AT THIS TIME THE RIVER
JORDAN WAS SWOLLEN.
LOOK at Chapter 3 verse 15:
Joshua 3:15, "And as they that
bare the ark were come unto Jordan, and the feet of the priests that bare
the ark were dipped in the brim of the water, (for Jordan overfloweth all
his banks all the time of harvest,)"
HAVE YOU EVER BEEN WHERE YOU ARE SURE GOD
WANTED YOU AND ALL OF A SUDDEN THERE IS A BIG RIVER IN FRONT OF YOU, OR
SOME KIND OF WALL OR HINDRANCE, OR BLOCKADE IN FRONT OF YOU? Like the Red
AND THE 1ST THING YOU THINK IS "UH,
OH, I'M NOT WHERE GOD WANTS ME. YES YOU ARE. THE ENEMY'S JOB IS TO MAKE
THAT JORDAN SWELL.
AS GOD IS SHOWING YOU THE WAY, the enemy
comes against you and THE BARRIERS GROW LARGER AND LARGER.
NOW REMEMBER WHAT GOD TOLD THEM; "wait
HERE 3 DAYS..."
NOW WAIT A MINUTE....
GOD HAS GIVEN US THE GIFTS, we've been
learning about that...
GOD HAS GIVEN US THE POWER, you shall receive
GOD HAS GIVEN US THE AUTHORITY..... , Behold....
WELL, LET'S GO!!! LET'S TAKE THE ENEMY!!
GOD SAID, "NO!!" LET'S WAIT.
WHY WOULD GOD TELL HIS PEOPLE TO WAIT?
There's no different route, no NEW COMMANDS,
no ADDITIONAL army,
We've got THE AUTHORITY, the POWER, Let's
go GET THEM... but God says, "WAIT." WHY would he COMMAND us to
Because there's a SANCTIFICATION, there's
A SEPARATION THAT NEEDS TO TAKE PLACE.
BECAUSE GOD ALWAYS PREPARES HIS warriors
FOR BATTLE BEFORE HE LEADS THEM INTO THE FIGHT.
THAT'S what God is doing with you guys,
He's preparing you for battle,
He's preparing your for WAR!!
TRAINING YOU IN the Word! Teaching you
HE'S PREPARING YOU FOR BATTLE
The Deliverance is part of the sanctification...
PART of the cleansing,
HE'S PREPARING YOU FOR BATTLE
We can only pray for one person at a time
and every other week, we're doing somebody from this team!! HALLELUJAH!!
HE SAID, wait 3 days... there's a sanctification,
a separation that needs to take place.
NOW CHECK THIS OUT:
THERE WERE a couple of TRIBES IN ISRAEL
THAT CAME TO A PORTION OF LAND THAT WAS FERTILE, AND WEALTHY, and didn't
want to go across!
Turn to Numbers Chapter 32.
Numbers 32:1, "Now the children
of Reuben and the children of Gad had a very great multitude of cattle:
and when they saw the land of Jazer, and the land of Gilead, that, behold,
the place was a place for cattle;
VERSE 5, "Wherefore, said they,
if we have found grace in thy sight, let this land be given unto thy servants
for a possession, and bring us not over Jordan.
THE RICH PEOPLE SAID, "We would
rather stay here on the east side of the jordan... we don't want to go into
canaan. "It will be easier for us here."
CAN YOU BELIEVE THAT GOD GAVE THESE PEOPLE
A PROMISE TO GO AND TAKE THE LAND, BUT THEY SAID, "NO THANKS. WE'LL
JUST STAY HERE"
"We don't care about the victory.
We don't care about the promise. We'll just stay here where everything looks
THERE ARE SOME PEOPLE IN THE HOUSE OF GOD
THEY SAY, "thanks, this land looks
real good. I AM happy with this little experience, but no thanks... it'll
be easier for me here in my old traditional church... no problems, no confrontations...,
no conviction, no squirming.... I can pretty much do what I want and nobody
YOU CHOOSE THE LEVEL YOU WANT. God says,
"I place before you life and death, blessing and curses, choose life"
SO YOU can't BLAME your parents, you can't
blame your kids, you can't blame your Pastor, you can't even blame THE DEVIL
FOR. YOU say, "I'M SICK ALL THE TIME, AND I DON'T HAVE ANY VICTORY,
I KEEP HAVING Marital PROBLEMS.."
YOU ARE CHOOSING TODAY THE LEVEL OF LIFE
VICTORY ON WHICH YOU LIVE.
I CHOOSE Which level of life I'm going
to have. Can you believe, that somebody
Would Feel the ANOINTING of God flow all
over them HERE at this Church,
THEN See LISA get out of her wheelchair
and walk on November 25th AND
Hear LINDA'S testimony of being healed
AND GO BACK TO THE WILDERNESS, SIMPLY BECAUSE
THEY DON'T WANT TO stop watching the Red Shoe Diaries on HBO at night?
I'VE GOT TO SHOW YOU WHAT HAPPENS TO those
who remain behind... that get saved, but don't really change their LIFESTYLE...
TURN TO 1 Chronicles 5.
1 Chronicles 5:26, "And the God
of Israel stirred up the spirit of Pul king of Assyria, and the spirit of
Tilgathpilneser king of Assyria, and he carried them away, even the Reubenites,
and the Gadites, and the half tribe of Manasseh, and brought them unto Halah,
and Habor, and Hara, and to the river Gozan, unto this day."
THESE 2 12 TRIBES WERE THE 1ST ONES TO
BE CAPTURED WHEN THE ASSYRIANS ATTACKED AND INVADED ISRAEL. THEY WERE THE
FIRST ONES DEFEATED!! Those who won't pay the price, are the 1st ones to
be swept away.
THERE WAS A SEPARATION OF THOSE WHO WEREN'T
NOW REMEMBER WHAT GOD TOLD JOSHUA'S ARMY
(remember ACTS 2 -- the 500 who heard the resurrected Christ talk about
waiting for the "promise" vs the 120 left who were of one mind
and one accord on the day of Pentecost): IN those 3 days, when God told
the soldiers to wait, to tarry, he told them to sanctify themselves.
HE WASN'T TELLING THEM to sharpen their
HE WASN'T TELLING THEM to pull out their
HE WASN'T TELLING THEM to get the guns
HE WASN'T TELLING THEM to OIL their shields
HE'S TELLING THEM TO SANCTIFY THEMSELVES.
Because GOD DOESN'T WANT CLEVER PEOPLE, GOD WANTS CLEAN PEOPLE. GOD DOESN'T
WANT STRONG PEOPLE, GOD WANTS PURE PEOPLE.
Most military men would tell you to prepare
your weapons, perfect your methods, devise your strategy. BUT THIS ISN'T
SO FOR THE PEOPLE OF GOD....
YOU SEE -- OUR ENEMIES ARE NOT PHYSICAL....
OUR ENEMIES ARE SPIRITUAL!! TURN TO EPH 6:
Ephesians 6:12, "For we wrestle
not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers,
against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness
in high places."
SO, IS THAT PERSON WHO CRITICIZED YOU YOUR
IS THAT PERSON WHO FLIPPED YOU OFF, your
IS THAT PERSON WHO CUT YOU OFF IN TRAFFIC,
IS THAT PERSON WHO LIES TO YOU YOUR ENEMY???
WHO IS YOUR ENEMY? IS HE PHYSICAL OR SPIRITUAL?
SO IF YOU'RE FACING A SPIRITUAL ENEMY,
your preparation is not physical. Your preparation in SPIRITUAL WARFARE
has to be spiritual! SO YOU HAVE TO BE SANCTIFIED!! PURE in heart.
YOU KNOW WHY WE DON'T SEE MORE MIRACLES
IN PEOPLES LIVES? NO SANCTIFICATION!!
God was about to reveal his Glory and His
HE WAS TELLING THEM, "Tomorrow, I
will show you my wonders!!" Tomorrow, Rivers will part! WALLS of cities
are going to fall down!! SANCTIFY YOURSELVES!! Why? God was getting ready
to come down in power!!
WHAT IS SANCTIFICATION?
IT MEANS TO BE SEPARATED for God. CONSECRATED
to GOD and SEPARATED FROM THE WORLD! SET APART FOR GOD!!
TO BE SEPARATED FROM SIN!
2 Chronicles 29:5, "And said unto
them, Hear me, ye Levites, sanctify now yourselves, and sanctify the house
of the LORD God of your fathers, and carry forth the filthiness out of the
2 Corinthians 6:17 Wherefore come out
from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean
thing; and I will receive you, (18) And will be a Father unto you, and ye
shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.
THIS SAME SCRIPTURE CONTINUES in the next
2 Corinthians 7:1, "Having therefore
these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness
of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God."
WHAT A JUSTIFICATION of OUR deliverance
MINISTRY for CHRISTIANS!!. Here they ARE sons and daughters, so they're
saved... but yet he THEN says to cleanse yourselves from all filthiness
of the flesh and SPIRIT!!!
NOW, IN THE NAME OF JESUS, WE CAN GET YOU
CLEANSED OF ANY FILTHINESS OF THE SPIRIT, BUT YOU GOTTA TAKE CARE OF THE
FILTHINESS of the FLESH PART.
WHO DOES THE SANCTIFICATION? GOD DOESN'T.
HE DOESN'T COME AND SAY, "I'm going to take you out of the sin... I'm
going to take you out of the world..." HE SAYS, "you do it!!"
YOU NEED TO SEPARATE YOURSELF from it all!!
You shouldn't be going into bars or clubs.
QUIT watching that late night HBO stuff!
Get rid of that CABLE BOX!
(APPEARANCE of evil. I'll always remember
Ch 15 at a Pastor's house.
QUIT Drinking, Druggin, and Smoking!
QUIT Cussing, and Coarse Joking!
I SEPARATE MYSELF FROM EVERYTHING THAT
would DEFILE ME, AND THEN I KNOW MYSELF THAT TOMORROW WONDERS ARE GOING
YOU NEED TO PREPARE FOR BATTLE. The ENEMY
is Continually roaming around looking for a doorway. DRINKING is a doorway.
PORNOGRAPHY is a doorway.
YOU ARE CHOOSING RIGHT NOW THE LEVEL ON
WHICH YOU LIVE. The level on which God meets you depends on the level on
which you meet God. THAT'S WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS - IF YOU WANT GOD TO DRAW
NIGH TO YOU, WHAT DO YOU DO? THE BIBLE SAYS:
James 4:8, "Draw nigh to God, and
he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands...,
IF I WANT GOD TO MEET ME IN THE HOSPITAL
AND HEAL THE SICK, I'VE GOT TO BE SANCTIFIED AND READY TO RECEIVE HIM. (NO
IF I WANT GOD TO MEET ME IN COURT WHEN
I PRAY FOR FAVOR OF ONE OH HIS CHILDREN, I'VE GOT TO BE SANCTIFIED AND READY
TO RECEIVE HIM.
TURN TO 2 Timothy:
2 Timothy 2:19-21, "Nevertheless
the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth
them that are his. And, Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart
from iniquity. (20) But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold
and of silver, but also of wood and of earth; and some to honour, and some
to dishonour. (21) If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall
be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master's use, and
prepared unto every good work."
GOD IS GETTING READY TO DO A MIGHTY WORK.
God Bless You!