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FOLLOOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Thu, 9/6/2012


Thursday, September 06, 2012

FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, TODAYíS Hymn, THIS IS MY PRAYER, Thu, 9/6/2012

Joshua 1:1-18
Claiming Your Canaan - Lesson 2a.

Josh. 1:1-9 THIS LAND IS OUR LAND

In our day, there are many misunderstandings surrounding the Christian life. A trip to the local Bible book store confirms this accusation. After all, the shelves are lined with books that talk about how to make the Christian life easier and more acceptable to the world. However, the truth of the matter is that we are not out for a day in the park! This thing that we got into when we were saved is a battle! We are engaged in warfare with a spiritual enemy who is far more powerful than we are, (Eph. 6:12). In our own strength, we are no match for the devil! The good new is, he is nowhere near as powerful as our God, (1 John 4:4)! Therefore, in the midst of the battles, there is always hope for victory, (Rom. 8:31, 37). In fact, the Bible tells us that we are the recipients of victory through the Lord Jesus Christ, (1 Cor. 15:57). While we are engaged in the battle with evil, there is the expectation that we can and will walk in victory in our lives. For me, this is what the book of Joshua represents.

In this book, we find that Moses, the great leader of Israel has died and a new leader named Joshua has been appointed to lead the nation of Israel into Canaan. After 40 years of wandering in the wilderness, Israel is about to take possession of the land which God promised Abraham centuries earlier, (Gen. 12:7). This book is about the battles Israel faced in order to claim that promise from God. Joshua is a book of warfare, suffering and great victories. It is a book that can teach the modern Christian much about obtaining spiritual victory in our life.

You see, we sing songs about Canaan land and often we have the idea that Canaan refers to Heaven. Nothing could be farther from the truth. When we get to Heaven, there will be no more wars, there will be no more enemies, there will be no more suffering or death, there will be no more sin. All of these are present in the book of Joshua and are dealt with in its pages. No, Canaan isn't Heaven, but it is a picture of the life of victory in the kingdom of God that is available to every child of God today!

We begin this series that will take us through the book of Joshua. As we journey through Joshua, I just want to hit a few high spots in the book. I am entitling this series, "Claiming Your Canaan." My goal in teaching it is to help you to stop wandering around in the wilderness and to enter into your Canaan land of spiritual victory. This first chapter serves as something of an introduction to the book and from its verses, I would like to speak for a while on this message, "Canaan land Is Our Land." As I do, I would like for you to listen carefully to what the Lord has to say to Joshua concerning the land of Canaan and about how to claim it. These verses will help us to understand what it takes to go from wandering around in a wilderness of defeat to living in a land of victory.

There are 3 truths given here that we need to understand as we look at the thought, "Canaan land Is Our Land!"

V. 1-9 THE CALL FROM GOD

V. 1-4 A Call To Claim The Land - In these verses, Joshua is reminded that the Lord has already given the land of Canaan to the children of Israel. Joshua is commanded to lead the people into Canaan to claim the land that they had been promised by the Lord. The land was given to them back in Gen. 12:7 and the promises was reaffirmed to every succeeding generation of the nation of Israel. The land was indeed their land! There was no need for them to continue their wandering around in the wilderness. They had a land, all they had to do was claim it!

I look around me as I go through my weeks and I see Christians who are defeated, who struggle with sins, who, for all intents and purposes are wandering around in a spiritual wilderness. My friends, it does not have to be that way! God has a place of victorious living which He has promised us to live in, (2 Cor. 2:14; Rom. 8:37; 1 Cor. 15:57). I believe with all my heart that God did not save you to see you defeated! Most of the time, we are defeated because we refuse to walk in victory! I believe there is a place of conquest for every child of God today that we can claim for our own, and these next few verses tell us what we need to remember as we set out to claim our Canaan.

V. 5-6, 9 A Call To Have Confidence In The Lord - Joshua is reminded of some very precious promises in these verses. Notice what God promised him:

V. 5 The promise of victory over every enemy.
V. 5 The promise of the presence and power of God.
V. 5 The promise of the faithfulness of God.
V. 6 The promise of absolute victory.
V. 6 The promise of God to keep His promises.

What did Joshua have to do to make these things happen? Just one thing: TRUST GOD! God was going to give Israel the victory. Joshua was merely the instrument that God had chosen to use to do it. These things were going to happen! For Joshua to be a part of it, all he had to do was have faith in God!

May I remind you that the same promises God made to Joshua are in force for you and me today? You can still count on the Lord to do everything He promised Joshua to do for us!

He still gives victory over all our enemies - (1 John 5:4-5).
He is still ever-present, (Heb. 13:5), and all powerful - (Matt. 28:18).
He is still faithful - (Matt. 28:20).
He still gives absolute victory - (1 Cor. 15:57; Rev. 21:4, 27).
He still keeps His promises - (Rom. 4:21).

What do we have to do to see these things come to pass in our lives? Just one thing: TRUST GOD! When we can learn to place our faith in God at all times in every situation, then we will walk in victory in our lives, (Heb. 11:6, Rom. 14:23) When everything else fails, faith will ever stand the test! We might let the Lord down, but He will never fail the believer who has their faith in Him!

V. 7-8 A Call To Carry Out The Law - The Lord tells Joshua that if he is to lead the people of God to rest in Canaan, then he must take heed to the Law of God. Remembering the Law is an essential step to entering our Canaan as well. Notice what the Lord to Joshua about the Law and how this applies to our lives today.

V. 7 He was to keep the Law - He was to do everything the Law said to do, not turning from it the least little bit.
V. 8 He was to meditate on the Law - Day and night, his mind was to be occupied with the Law. He was to love it and let it fill his heart and mind. This was in order that his life might be centered in the Law and therefore in the will of God!
V, 7, 8 He was to prosper by honoring the Law - God's promise to Joshua was that if he lived his life around the Law of God, God would prosper him in everything he did and that God would make him very successful.

Is there a lesson in this for us this today? Well, first I would like to say that I thank the Lord that we are not under the Law today, although the Law helps us to live according to Godís Will. I am glad that we are under grace. Having said that, I would like to say that many in our day have concluded that since we are no longer under the Law, that they are free to do anything they please. I want to remind you that such an attitude is dangerous and is guaranteed to bring you to ruin! If you want to live in Christian victory today, you too must develop a love for the Word of God! Just as Joshua was commanded to honor the Law, we are commanded to honor the Book of God!

We are to feed on the Bible - (1 Pet. 2:2; Job 23:12).
We are to live by the Bible - (Psa. 119:11; Psa. 1:1-3; Psa. 37:31; Psa. 119:97; Jer. 15:16).
We will be blessed when these things are true in our lives - (Psa. 1:1-3)!

Do you have a time set aside each day when you go to the green pastures of the Word of God and feed therein? If not, your spiritual life will be weak and ineffective. If so, you are well on your way to claiming your Canaan and entering into your spiritual victory.

V. 6a, 7a, 9a A Call To Courage In Leadership - In the midst of all these things the Lord calls Joshua to do, 3 times, God Himself, encourages Joshua to be strong and courageous! These words carry the idea of "standing firm and strong in the face of opposition." Joshua would need great courage to face the enemies of Israel and to lead the people to victory in the promised land. God's challenge to Joshua is for him to stand!

There is just as great a need for people to stand for the Lord now as there was in the days Joshua! All around us, Christians are falling by the wayside. What we need is for God's children to be moved in the depths of their souls to stand up, renew their commitments to the Lord and say, "By God's help, I'll stand and not fall all the days of my life!" We need people today who will take the lead in the churches and make their stand for the Lord. We need to remember the words of the Apostle Paul, (1 Cor. 15:58). We need to stand, (Eph. 6:10-17). It is high time that the church stopped letting herself be a doormat for the world and the devil. It is time we stood up and made our stand with the people of God and heed God's call to be brave and strong in these last days, (Rom. 13:11-14).

Are you standing for the Lord? Or, have you fallen out along the way?

TODAYíS HYMN!
ďStanding On The PromisesĒ By R. Kelso Carter (1886)

Standing on the promises of Christ my King,
Through eternal ages let His praises ring,
Glory in the highest, I will shout and sing,
Standing on the promises of God.

Refrain:
Standing, standing,
Standing on the promises of God my Savior;
Standing, standing,
Iím standing on the promises of God.

Standing on the promises that cannot fail,
When the howling storms of doubt and fear assail,
By the living Word of God I shall prevail,
Standing on the promises of God.
Refrain:

Standing on the promises I now can see
Perfect, present cleansing in the blood for me;
Standing in the liberty where Christ makes free,
Standing on the promises of God.
Refrain:

Standing on the promises of Christ the Lord,
Bound to Him eternally by loveís strong cord,
Overcoming daily with the Spiritís sword,
Standing on the promises of God.
Refrain:

Standing on the promises I cannot fall,
Listíning every moment to the Spiritís call,
Resting in my Savior as my all in all,
Standing on the promises of God.
Refrain:


THIS IS MY PRAYER!

Heavenly Father, God of the Universe! Your Word measures and declares the uprightness of our heart. You forgive even the intent of our heart when we call upon Your Glorious name, and repent of our thoughts , speech and doings. Renew our hearts today. Grants us the hope of renewal in faith and purity, and to avoid discouragement and old attitudes. Wash away the tarnish by cleansing power of the Blood of Jesus our Lord. Help us each day to have our hearts right with YOU! This we pray in the powerful name of Jesus. Amen!


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Member Comments About This Blog Post:
ANHELIC 9/6/2012 7:19PM

    Thank you Vic for another great lesson. We are blessed walking with God and feel secure because God is always with us. Thank you God forbeing there to help me with my challenges. God bless you Vic for sharing.

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SAVINGHANNAH 9/6/2012 4:52PM

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LOSTLIME 9/6/2012 4:27PM

    Thank you for sharing. I will share this with a few people that I know.

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EDITOR 9/6/2012 11:42AM

    We are a blessed an victorious people. Thank you for your continuing series. And thank you for the goodie yesterday.

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COOP9002 9/6/2012 10:01AM

    Thanks for sharing.

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FERGSGIRL2 9/6/2012 9:45AM

    Amen, and keep sharing please. I will share this with others.


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MNABOY 9/6/2012 9:12AM

    Amen

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LINDAMARIEZ1 9/6/2012 7:33AM

    Each morning I am reminded of things long forgotton! Thank you Vic for starting my morning in a positive way!
hugs
linda

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LEANJEAN6 9/6/2012 7:11AM

    I enjoy your thoughts in the morning--kinda my spiratual time!--Lynda emoticon

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