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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

God's Challenge

Moses asked God to choose a man to be his successor before he died in Num 27:16,17.  We all know that God chose Joshua (Jesus in Hebrew) Num 27: 18-23  So what we have here is this scenario.  Moses, the Lawgiver, is dead.  Miriam, the Prophetess, is dead.  Aaron, The priest, is dead.  The only person alive is Joshua (Jesus).  I love that illustration because it says, "Neither Moses and the Law, Miriam and the Prophets, or Aaron and the priests can lead you to the promised land.    Joshua (Jesus), the captain of our salvation, can do what no one else can do and that is lead us to where we want to be, the promised land.    

God prepares the ones He calls.  God doesn't throw us into a task blindfolded.  The preparation may not be in a Seminary or secular college, but it just may be the school of Hard Knocks.  It may be growing up a slave in Egypt, and 40 years in a desert with a bunch of whining unbelievers, but if you are faithful the day will come when your talents as a soldier will be needed to lead that group of people to the land of milk and honey.  EXPERIENCE IS THE BEST TEACHER!   

In verse two God gave Joshua a near impossible task of crossing the mighty Jordan in the flood season.  That is probably why God said so frequently, "Be strong and courageous. Don't fear.  I am with you."    I love how God even tells Joshua where his strength will come from in verse five.  Like Joshua, we have no reason to fear man or nature because God is with us and our strength comes from the lord!  Ps 121:1,2

God gives His people all they need to accomplish His will.  The problem is we lazily depend on God and think we have no work to do.  We just need to sit and ask God for everything and all our battles will be won.  God doesn't say that to Joshua.   He says, "I have prepared you.  I am with you.  I am your strength and courage, but you still have work to do."  Jos 1:8 God says, "Meditate on my Word.  Let it not depart from your lips.  THEN, you will make your way prosperous and successful."  You see Joshua couldn't lead the way if he didn't know the way!  Knowledge is power.  If you are going to lead people to the promised land, you need to know the Book, and keep the Book in your mind, on your heart, and coming from your lips.  Otherwise you will not be prosperous and successful.  The leader that is ignorant of God's Word is useless.

In your life, when it is time to cross your mighty Jordan or battle a giant, I hope you have the Word locked in your heart.
Then you will understand how to unlock God's power, courage, and wisdom.  Then you will be prosperous and successful.  You can't unlock knowledge from God's Word unless you study it day and night.  Keeping God's Word in your heart is the fulfillment of "...for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go." Jos 1:9  The knowledge of God's Word will provide us our victories.

The second verse of the beautiful hymn goes: His banner over us is love, Our sword the Word of God. We tread the road the saints above With shouts of triumph trod. By faith, they like a whirlwind's breath, Swept on o'er every field.  The faith by which they conquered death
Is still our shining shield.  Faith is the victory! Faith is the victory!  O glorious victory, that overcomes the world.  


Hear The Word-  Rom 10:17; Acts 4:4

We Must Believe or Have Faith-  Heb 11:6; Acts 16:31

We Must Repent-  Lk 13:3; Acts 17:30

We Must Confess Christ Before Others-  Mt 10:32; Acts 8:37

We Must Be Immersed Into Christ (Baptized)-  1Pe 3:21; Mk 16:16; Acts 2:38  

We Must Remain Faithful-  Rev 2:10; Acts 14:22

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