Chapter 16 – Principles Of Penetration


Upon completion of this chapter you will be able to:

  • Write the Key Verse from memory.
  • Summarize the principles of penetration recorded in the book of Joshua.
  • Mobilize others to apply these principles.


Forty thousand people were mobilized by Joshua, the great mobilizer. They passed over Jordan prepared for war. These men and women did not stop with their exodus from Egypt (which is symbolic of sin). They crossed over into their promised land to claim all God had for them.

Coming “out” of sin is only part of God’s plan for you. He also wants to bring you “in” to the promised land of His blessings and promises. He wants to make you a victorious Christian, mobilized to defeat the enemy and claim cities and nations for the Lord.

Moses’ summary of God’s plan was:

And He brought us out…that He might bring us in. (Deuteronomy 6:23)

In Exodus, God parted the waters of the Red Sea to bring His people out of the land of bondage in Egypt. In Joshua, God parted the waters of the Jordan River to bring His people into Canaan, the land of blessing.

The battle experiences of Israel in Canaan are natural examples that can be applied to your own spiritual life:

For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope. (Romans 15:4)

In this lesson you will study the principles of penetration Israel used to conquer Canaan. These principles can be applied to penetrate your own village, city, or nation for God.


Read over the chapter study material and complete the self-test at the end. After this chapter is completed, mark complete and go to the next lesson.