"There are two sides to salvation. The divine side which is
grace and the human side which is obedient faith. Evangelicals argue that if one
'works' for salvation then the reward is paid in wages rather than a gift. This
is an over-simplification. God gives us food, but we must work for it. God gave
Joshua the city of Jericho (v 2), but he was still commanded to march around the
walls for seven days. Likewise salvation is the free gift of God, but man must
comply with the conditions" (WS 160).
EARLY THE NEXT MORNING: Early prayers and devotions:
Abraham got up very early to stand before the Lord (Gen 19:27). Jacob woke up
with the first light of the morning to worship God after having seen a vision of
angels in the night (Gen 28:18). Moses went early to meet the Lord at Sinai (Exo
34:4). Joshua got an early start when he prepared to capture Jericho (Jos 6:12).
Gideon made his way at dawn to examine the fleece he had placed on the ground to
discern Yahweh's will (Jdg 6:38). Job left his bed at an early hour to offer
sacrifices to the Lord in behalf of his children (Job 1:5).
Power of faith and intercession of others: Mat 8:13; 9:32;
15:28; 17:14-18; Luk 8:50; Joh 4:49; Jos 6:17; Gen 7:1; 18:32; 19:12; Act