Joshua

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Joshua by John Fichtner – Series Overview

This remarkable series on Joshua is life changing. Pastor John teaches us how to become victorious Christians through the significance of speaking continual blessings, overcoming flesh patterns, discovering the power of binding and loosing your tongue, and walking in bold faith.

Joshua Part 1 - Kill Amelek

2000-01-01

Pastor John Fichtner

Joshua part 1 by John Fichtner

 

  1. The battle against the Amalekites is very significant and Pastor John teaches the importance of blotting out the Amalek within us and placing our faith in Jesus.

  2. The name Joshua means “God is Salvation.” It is the same name as “Jesus” or “Yeshua” in Hebrew. We must see Jesus in the Old and New Testament in order to grasp the whole revelation of Jesus Christ.

  3. The book of Joshua is a type of savior and is the most victorious, most aggressive, most conquering, most confident, most strategic and most inheritance releasing book in the entire Old Testament.

  4. The Lord said to Moses; “Write this on a scroll as something to be remembered and make sure that Joshua hears it because “I will completely blot out the memory of Amalek from under heaven.”

  5. The Israelites’ first battle and victory was against the Amalekites with Joshua as their General and came without any military weapons or training.

  6. The message of this battle was so significant that they created an altar to God and called it; “THE LORD IS MY BANNER” and Moses said to the people “God has shown you a whole new picture of Himself today.”

  7. Whenever we are given a new name of God, He is revealing a whole new aspect of His character. At the same time that Joshua was being revealed, God was revealing Himself as a Warrior, the aspect of Christ.

  8. In every play, every poem, every story book or movie that you have ever seen, 100% of the core concept revolves around two basic human drives: love and conquer.

  9. Love covers the concept of: friendship, romance, safety, warmth, tenderness and affirming.

  10. Conquer covers the concept of: productivity, aggressiveness, confidence, discipline, unity and challenge.

  11. The aspects of Love and Conquer are the heart of God and have been placed in the heart of mankind.

  12. The world has perverted love into lust (taking and impatient) where a Christian’s Love is giving and kind.

  13. Conquering has been perverted into anger; a Christian turns Conquering into Godly confidence.

  14. Only in Christianity do we conquer through love. In Christianity there is a call to be confident, aggressive, unified, disciplined and challenged; these are the weapons of our warfare, but the greatest weapon is love.

  15. Amalek represents the flesh that tends toward sin and every person has specific flesh patterns and areas of weakness, causing sin habits.

  16. You will never be fit to defeat Satan until you can defeat Amalek and learn your flesh patterns and get victory over them, so you can be ready for real spiritual warfare and receive your inheritance.

  17. You must destroy Amalek before you can enter into your Promised Land. The greatest temptation of your life is to justify Amalek; sarcasm, depression, hopelessness, defiance, anger and fear.

  18. There’s going to come a time when God says to you, “Quit being apathetic, quit being critical and feeling sorry for yourself, quit hanging on the fringes and get involved.” The time is coming when Jesus will say, “I don’t care about your excuses. The time is today to defeat Amalek.”

  19. Nobody defeats their flesh without a deep, passionate understanding that Jesus is Boss and when He says, “Do it” you say, “Yes Sir” and you move fast.

  20. We will never defeat our flesh without the supernatural power of God. Father says to get deep into My Spirit and I will completely blot out the memory of Amalek in you.

  21. Amalek lifts his hands against the throne of God and challenges His authority. Declare war against Amalek, conqueror him and come into the Promised Land and let Jesus be your commanding General.

Joshua Part 2 - Rotate Your Gifting

2000-01-01

Pastor John Fichtner

Joshua Part 2 by John Fichtner

 

  1. The day you go beyond the love relationship of Jesus Christ and enter into the Warrior heart of God there is a fire, strength and zeal that comes into you.

  2. There is a fire loosed in you the day you say, “I am a lover of Jesus Christ and I am a Warrior in the camp of the Lord Jesus.”

  3. There is a part of you that will never come alive until you become a Warrior.

  4. Amalek represents your personal flesh patterns such as: self pity, defensiveness, drugs, impulsiveness, and quitting.

  5. When Amalek is defeated you have all the confidence of a lion, all the enthusiasm of a Child of God, all the warmth and steadiness of an ox, all the detailed excellence and love of understanding of an eagle. (D-Lion, I-Man, S-Oxen, C-Eagle: DISC is an awe-inspiring study taught by Pastor John.)

  6. Cravings are when you’re driven by an internal emptiness and the more you crave the bigger the emptiness. Cravings can be: work, more money, praise, pornography, touch, drugs, alcohol, respect, safety, affirmation, and wisdom.

  7. When Amalek rules your life you are driven by excessive cravings and fear that leave you exhausted at the end of the day and the emptiness inside you feels bigger than the universe.

  8. Fear is opposite of faith and used as a tool of Amalek on every human being.

  9. When you kill Amalek you move from being driven by cravings and fear into giving. You will loose rivers and give from the overflow of your heart.

  10. Jesus taught on faith more than any other subject: Be Bold In Faith!

  11. A Warrior must be confident or he will never win. The time is now for aggressiveness, zeal, boldness and joy to be your goal.

  12. True repentance brings us back into speaking victory, confidence, and loosing power while declaring the favor of God over your family, home and finances.

  13. There’s an inward fire in your soul declaring, “I’m here to kick some Amalek tail and I will speak out the goodness of God over my life. I am Warrior in the Kingdom of God with a purpose and destiny that I will fulfill!”

  14. Jesus said, “Speak to the mountain and command it to be cast into the sea.” The time is now to submit to the Word of God.

  15. There is a strength that comes in you the day you commit to serve in the Body of Christ. Serving a person is an act of worship to the Lord.

  16. You will never have the strength to defeat Amalek until you serve. Serving requires first getting filled up in the presence of God.

  17. To be a Warrior of God you must begin your day by stopping everything and speaking out; “I will loose the Rivers of the presence of God.”

  18. When you understand that confidence is the finish line, then you always have direction for your prayers.

  19. The difference between superficial faith and Jesus faith, is whether it comes from the Rivers of the presence of God, declaring those things of God, because you are a Warrior in the Kingdom of God.

  20. It is time to get honest to those who say, “I don’t understand the Bible.” What is really being said is, “I can’t understand all the Bible by glancing at it, therefore I won’t try.”

  21. Don’t battle fear; kill it. Make it dead in your life and feel the strength of God.

  22. Make a decision to develop discipline in the power and strength of serving, praying out loud and reading the Word of God each day. These three pillars of life light a fire in you and what every Warrior walks in.

Joshua Part 3 - Binding the Tongue

2000-01-01

Pastor John Fichtner

Joshua part 3 by John Fichtner

 

  1. The subject of the destruction of the walls of Jericho is a type of entering into our inheritance of the goodness of God; this is the Promised Land.

  2. Jericho’s walls were 20 to 40 feet in height and width. Their chariots were able to drive all the way around the top of their walls, which were shut tight so that nobody came in or out, because Israel had come to claim their inheritance in the land of Canaan. If you conquered Jericho, you conquered the whole land; if you lost to Jericho, you lost everything.

  3. Joshua had his orders from God when he commanded the people to march once around the walls of Jericho for six days with armed guards, priests, and the Ark of the Covenant. Israel was commanded not to speak one word until Joshua told them to “Shout.” This vow of silence prevented the people from speaking out their fears and doubts. God told Israel to keep the worship music sounding with the trumpets of the priests in order to drown out the taunts of the enemy.

  4. On the 7th day Israel marched around the city seven times as commanded. When the seven priests sounded their trumpets with a specified long blast, then Joshua ordered Israel to “Shout” for “The Lord has given you the city.” The walls of Jericho collapsed and Israel ran in and took the city. Jericho for us represents the Promised Land that God wants you to have in your life.

  5. The Promised Land represents: love, relationships, joy, peace, power, boldness, confidence, job stability, health, calls to ministry, blessings over your family and every good thing you want.

  6. The key to the Promise Land is defeating Jericho and represents the power of the tongue. The whole story of Jericho is the vow of silence and then the power that was released when God’s people spoke with power.

  7. Jesus never prayed for the sick when ministering healing, but spoke with power.

  8. There are two main battles in the issue of the tongue: the battle to loose your tongue and the battle to bind your tongue.

  9. Scripture says the first and greatest battle of the tongue is to keep silent. As you bind your tongue from spewing negative things, your emotions begin to stir. Allow yourself to dig down past the pain and anguish, deep into the life of your soul until you touch the Spirit of God and when you have broken through you will begin to speak and release great power.

  10. When you complain, criticize, or judge, you have increased in the heavenly 10 and 100 fold the power of demonic forces against your life. They get a stronghold on your mind and emotions because you have given them legal rights and they tear you to shreds.

  11. James 3:6 The tongue is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole person, sets the whole course of his life on fire and is itself set on fire by hell itself.

  12. Speaking negativity looses authority and releases the fires of hell to move throughout your body. You loose authority in the demonic realm and give them right to block you from speaking blessings.

  13. The horror of not binding the tongue is the demons know they have a legal right through the Word of God; i.e. “That out of the same mouth cannot come blessings and cursings,” “He who guards his mouth and tongue keeps himself from calamity.”

  14. The Word of God commands us to bind our tongue and though it hurts, you enter into the travail of your soul and in that travail God will dig a well of power in you.

  15. Bind your tongue when you are feeling doubtful until you’ve dug down and struck a well of faith.

  16. Doubt is not logical it is simply a sin pattern; everybody’s faith gets tried and tested.

  17. Mary learned to ponder in her heart (to be quiet and listen) from watching Zacharias.

  18. King David knew to bind his tongue when he was feeling down and out. David knew if he spoke out the things he was feeling inside, he would be loosing curses on the children of God. So he entered into the Sanctuary of God.

  19. Binding your mouth must be done with an under-current of humility. Binding your mouth as a form of arrogance or punishment is demonic. Dig down until you get the Word of Truth then kick the devil into next week.

  20. Bind your tongue in humility when you are angry. Anger is a fire that quickly dies out unless you feed it.

  21. James 1:26 If any one considers himself spiritual and doesn’t keep a tight reign on his tongue, his religion is worthless and he deceives himself.

  22. Use your weapon of binding your tongue when you are depressed or feeling lousy and God will turn all of your pain into something deep and powerful inside you.

  23. Be silent when your words are not carrying life- changing things- being heard- or -impacting people’s hearts. Heaven and earth should move when you speak.

  24. Isaiah 53:6-7 We all like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on Him (Jesus) the iniquity of us all. 7 He was oppressed, and He was afflicted, yet He opened not His mouth: He is brought as a Lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is silent, so He opened not His mouth.

  25. Take your time making commitments, but never take your time repenting. When God shows you something to repent of, do it in an instant. Before you deal with demons, always deal with God first. The moment you repent you have received your cleansing so speak out and bring those demons under the Blood for they no longer have anything to hold onto and release your blessings.

Joshua Part 4 - 'Loosing' the Power of the Tongue

2000-01-01

Pastor John Fichtner

Joshua part 4 by John Fichtner

 

  1. Biblically speaking, there are two things that happen when you speak with doubt, anger, self pity, complaining or anything negative: demonic power is released with the freedom to destroy your life and your power to bless becomes a mute spirit.

  2. Good healthy addictions are: addiction to your mate, addiction to God, addiction to joy and an addiction of power released in you to bless people.

  3. The goal of every relationship should be to build up a debt of love. When you make a difference in someone’s life they feel a debt of love to you because you have spoken to their needs.

  4. Every relationship that has failed is due to a zero balance of “built up blessings”. That is a lack of speaking blessings into each other’s lives and needs.

  5. Ephesians 4:29 Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouth, but only what is helpful for building others up.

  6. To speak powerful blessings in one’s life you must listen to their passions, seek out their history, strengths, weaknesses, health and personality as well as being able to look with discernment into the house of their soul. Be able to encourage and give a drink of water in their last mile of a marathon, build them up and see their house complete.

  7. Powerful blessings build up, make one strong and help to complete passions as you speak to their needs.

  8. When you speak to someone’s needs and see them light up, then you know that you have blessed them.

  9. Proverbs 10:11 “The mouth of the righteous is a Fountain of Life

  10. One of the highest skills on the face of the earth is to know how to speak to someone according to their needs so that it may benefit those who listen.

  11. If you remain neutral with your tongue and don’t loose daily “Fountains of Blessings”, you will step into the world and get swept along into the world where tongues are not neutral, where there are rivers of cursing, flash floods of anger, bitterness, vile cursing, whining and self pity.

  12. Bless everything that moves so when you get knocked the other way, the “River of your Life” will right you and set you back up.

  13. Repent if you thought you could be neutral with your tongue and begin to speak “Fountains of Life”.

  14. Everybody in every relationship has times when they say, “I need you to give to me...”

  15. The most powerful blessing you could say when you are in a conflict with your mate is to turn to him/her and say, “let me see if I can express what you are feeling.” Remember, one ugly conflict can cost all the stored up blessings.

  16. It can be two entirely different things in what your mate is feeling versus what they are thinking.

  17. When someone is wrong you NEVER have the freedom to correct unless they will learn from it and you have blessed them. Speak the truth in love.

  18. When your life is filled with verbal blessings heaven opens up and you are able to speak favor with great power. 

Joshua Part 5 - Turn Pain Into Power

2000-01-01

Pastor John Fichtner

Joshua part 5 by John Fichtner

 

  1. Pastor John continues to take us out of the natural into a whole new concept of the Spirit of God, as a victorious Christian in the Kingdom of God.

  2. A victorious Christian understands that life and death are in the power of the tongue and they use their tongue for speaking life.

  3. A victorious Christian responds when having done wrong by letting God turn your wrongs into positives. Ultimately, when you understand the power of Redemption then your life can be better having done the wrong than if you hadn’t done the wrong at all.

  4. Parenting is the single greatest guilt trip on the face of the earth. Relax; Jesus removes guilt through the power of redemption.

  5. Due to the sin of one man taking the first fruits that belong to the Lord, God allowed the Amorites a small victory over the Israelites. One man’s sin can affect more than just himself.

  6. When the Spirit of God is upon you, you are bold as a lion and when the Spirit of God is removed your heart can melt like water.

  7. Not all moaning and wailing is prayer and can lead to the least of repentance. Stand up in Redemption for whatever you need of God; He is all and all and whatever you need the most He is.

  8. True repentance is calm, deep and forward focused. People that are truly repentive take all the pain and horror of what they have done wrong and use that pain as power to change and birth something new within. God will do such a work in your heart that you will never make the same mistake.

  9. A fierce intensity repentance says; “I will be different when I come through this” and is often a deep quiet time.

  10. Isaiah 30:15 “This is what the Sovereign Lord The Holy One of Israel says: In repentance and rest is your Salvation and quietness and trust is your strength.”

  11. Your wrong can be turned into a positive by first embracing the full power of the pain of what you did without turning away or trying to cover it up. Ask God to turn your pain into something new in your life and burn something fresh within you.

  12. The Word of God says; Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads you to prosperity in every area of your life and leaves no regret.

  13. God is a God of the heart. Let your pain do something deep in your heart where it meets the fragrance and presence of a merciful God and the realization of who God is.

  14. Worldly sorrow brings death. Godly sorrow brings repentance and produces: forward focused; what earnestness, what eagerness to clear yourself, what indignation, what alarm, what longing, what concern, what readiness to see justice done, at every point you have proven yourself to be innocent in this matter. When you repent, God looks at you and says; I declare you innocent by your repentance and understand that you simply did not have enough truth at the time.

  15. God allowed Ai a small victory over Israel due to their sin. The next day the whole city of Ai came against Israel to wipe them out. Israel had now repented of their sin, were forward focused and God was on their side. When the whole city of Ai came against them Joshua held up his rod toward the 30,000 behind and Israel made an Ai sandwich! God turned Israel’s failure into a point of victory where their life was better having done the failure than if they hadn’t.

  16. The whole nation of Israel was angry at Joshua and the elders for not inquiring of the Lord before making a Covenant with the Gibeonites. This could have cost Israel everything, but Joshua and the leaders repented. Joshua then leads Israel into an all day and all night march across the land to trap all five Kings and their five armies who had come to take the land. Israel bold in faith and forward focused conquered the entire southern half of the land in one day. Again, we see God making lives better having made the mistake and then repented, than if the mistake had never been made.

  17. Joshua the leader of a nation of three million people made a huge mistake and four days later told the sun to stand still and the moon to hold it right there! When a child of God does wrong he moves quickly from repentance to bold faith.

  18. Don’t allow deception in your heart to say; since I have done wrong I am no longer permitted to be bold in the presence of God. The time has come to stop hanging your head. Believe that God will restore bold faith to you and that He will do a great thing in you and your home.

  19. Jesus came to Redeem His Children and brings us back to our full value.