Sunday, July 8, 2007

A Message to Joshua

Now after the death of Moses the servant of the Lord it came to pass, that the Lord spake unto Joshua the son of Nun, Moses' minister, saying,
“Moses my servant is dead; now therefore arise, go over this Jordan, thou, and all this people, unto the land which I do give to them, even to the children of Israel.
Every place that the sole of your foot shall tread upon, that have I given unto you, as I said unto Moses.
From the wilderness and this Lebanon even unto the great river, the river Euphrates, all the land of the Hittites, and unto the great sea toward the going down of the sun, shall be your coast.
There shall not any man be able to stand before thee all the days of thy life: as I was with Moses, so I will be with thee: I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.
Be strong and of a good courage: for unto this people shalt thou divide for an inheritance the land, which I sware unto their fathers to give them.
Only be thou strong and very courageous, that thou mayest observe to do according to all the law, which Moses my servant commanded thee: turn not from it to the right hand or to the left, that thou mayest prosper whithersoever thou goest.
This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.
Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.”
~ Joshua 1:1-9

I. God gave Joshua some facts for life.
A. Moses was dead.
B. He, Joshua, was to be the new leader.

“And Joshua the son of Nun was full of the spirit of wisdom; for Moses had laid his hands upon him: and the children of Israel hearkened unto him, and did as the Lord commanded Moses.” ~ Deuteronomy 34:9.

C. It is not God’s will that we live in the wilderness.
D. We can overcome.

“I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.” ~ Joshua 1:5

II. God gave Joshua commands:
A. Be strong and of a good courage.
B. Observe the Law (the word of God).
1. Don’t let it depart from you.
2. Meditate in it day and night.
3. Follow its teaching.

III. God gave Joshua and the people promises for living in the Word.
A. They should be prosperous.
B. They should have good success.
C. That He would be with them

I asked Pallie Sue if I could share with you something that her dad wrote in the New Testament he gave her for her 17th birthday.

Words of wisdom from the word of God:
  • For peaceful assurance, read Psalm 91.
  • For instruction for action on all occasions, read I Timothy 2:8-15.
  • For guidance as to what to speak, read Psalm 19:14. (Make it your Motto!)
  • To know the will of God read, John 14:6.
  • As a pattern for your life read, John 14:6.
  • The secret for living above (overcoming) all the temptations of the enemy can be found in Matthew 4:4.
  • The secret to security: Psalm 119:11.
  • My heart’s longing for you is Matthew 5:48.
  • Find the value of your heritage in James 5:16-18.

God’s way for health:

  • Deuteronomy 28:58-62
  • Exodus 15:26
  • I Corinthians 3:16-20
  • James 5:14-16
  • II Timothy. 3:16-17

These are just a few examples of how the word of God works!

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