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SUPERNATURAL COURAGE

Thursday 12-07-17

 

Joshua 1:1-11; Joshua’s Story Is Colorful And Exciting…But It’s Not Only Exciting…It’s Relevant. The Message Is Fresh And It Speaks To Us Where We Live.

Joshua’s Story Began In The Book Of Genesis With Abraham…The Father Of Israel. God Promised Abraham 3 Things…He Promised Him Real Estate, He Promised Him A Big Family, And He Promised Him Wealth. The Real Estate Was In A Place Called Canaan…The Big Family Was Known As The “Children Of Israel”… Much Of The Wealth God Promised Abraham, Took The Form Of Agricultural Production And “A Land Flowing With Milk And Honey.” God Made A Supernatural Covenant With Abraham, And Israel, In Exchange For Loving Obedience. In Joshua Chapter 1, Israel Is At A Low Point. They Were Tired And Weary, On The Back Side Of A Desert For 40 Years...Just Wandering Around. But God Promised To Lead Them Back Into The Land Of Their Fathers. They Are Nicely Positioned To Embrace This Promise, But Is There Enough Faith To Do So?

 

Israel Made Three Mistakes That Slowed Them Down.

1. THEY IDOLIZED THE PAST. The People Of Israel Idolized The Leadership Of Moses. In Their Minds, He Was Irreplaceable…He Was The Only One That Could Lead Them.

Deuteronomy 34:10, “But Since Then There Has Not Arisen In Israel A Prophet Like Moses, Whom The Lord Knew Face To Face.” (NKJ) This Made It Extremely Difficult For Joshua.

It Is Hard To Live Up To The Past…Or The Memories Of The Past. They Just Couldn’t Let Go Of The Way It Used To Be Under Moses. Moses Was Dead, But God’s Purpose Was Very Much Alive.

DIMENSION” Is An Obstacle That May Keep Us From Moving Forward. Joshua 1:2-5, (NKJ)

The Size Of The Enemy Can Mentally Defeat Us Before We Ever Enter Into Battle.

God Gives To Joshua The Same View That He Had Given Moses…It Was The View Of The Promised Land! At Times, The Task Seems Too Big To Accomplish. But This Time They Could Do It Because God Was With Them.

DEFICIENCIES” Is Another Obstacle That Is In Our Way.

Joshua 1:6, “Be Strong And Of Good Courage, For To This People You Shall Divide As An Inheritance The Land Which I Swore To Their Fathers To Give Them.” (NKJ)

This Was Not Going To Happen Overnight. Becoming Possessors Of The Promised Land Was Going To Take A While. It Would Require Determination, Obedience And Patience! Joshua Needed An Absolute Resolve.

Israel Wanted Things To Be As They Were Before…They Were Not Willing To Trust God With Their Situation.

2. THEY COMPROMISED THE PRESENT.

They Compromised The Present Through Disobedience!

While Moses Was Still Alive He Predicted That This Would Happen…Deuteronomy 31:27, “For I Know Your Rebellion And Your Stiff Neck. If Today, While I Am Yet Alive With You, You Have Been Rebellious Against The Lord, Then How Much More After My Death?” (NKJ)

Disobedience Leads To Stagnation And Paralysis. When We Disobey God, We Invite Circumstances That Are Not Very Pleasant. Israel Compromised The Present Through Their Own Acts Of Disobedience.

3.) THEY ALSO “DISCOUNTED THE FUTURE.”

After 40 Years, The People Of Israel Settled On The Wrong Side Of The River. They Heard And Understood The Promises Of God…But They Just Refused To Cross Over And Possess It. They Discounted The Future. They Reasoned It Away. Afraid Of The Past… Scared Of The Present… Apprehensive About The Future! Fear Will Paralyze You.

Joshua 1:6, “Be Strong And Courageous, For You Shall Cause This People To Inherit The Land That I Swore To Their Fathers To Give Them.” (NKJ)

Whether We Feel Apprehensive, Anxious, Scared Or Petrified, God Calls On Us To Have Courage. The Lord Repeats This Command Over And Over Because We Are So Easily Frozen By Fear. The Task God Has Given Can Seem So Massive, And There Is A Definite Temptation To Run The Other Way.

God Says To Stop Being Afraid, Trust In God And Find Supernatural Courage. We Will Move Forward, No Matter What Distresses Us. We Will Move Forward Because God Has Promised To Be With Us.

DELINQUENCIES” Can Be Another Obstacle That May Keep Us From Moving Forward.

Joshua 1:8-9, “This Book Of The Law Shall Not Depart From Your Mouth, But You Shall Meditate On It Day And Night, So That You May Be Careful To Do According To All That Is Written In It. For Then You Will Make Your Way Prosperous, And Then You Will Have Good Success. [9] Have I Not Commanded You? Be Strong And Courageous. Do Not Be Frightened, And Do Not Be Dismayed, For The Lord Your God Is With You Wherever You Go." (NKJ)

Do Not Pray For Tasks Equal To Your Powers…Instead, Pray For Power Equal To Your Tasks!

And Know This…Things Are About To Change Supernaturally. Be Strong And Courageous And Move Forward!

 

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