as his people.
b. Everything else—including the important exhortations to obey everything in the law (v. 6) and to avoid pagan entanglements— was a means to an end, which was that Israel should have a close and loving relationship with its God. —(New American Commentary)
c. Matt. 23:37-38 “‘You must love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment.
d. That commandment has not changed!

B. Continuing in Him
1. Illustration: It’s reported that a preacher in Redrock, Mississippi prayed this sermon: “Oh Lord, give Thy servant this mornin’ the eyes of the eagle and the wisdom of the owl; connect his soul with the gospel telephone in the central skies; ‘luminate his brow with the Sun of heaven; possess his mind with love for the people; turpentine his imagination, grease his lips with ‘possum oil, loosen his tongue with the sledge hammer of Thy power; ‘lectrify his brain with the lightnin’ of the word; put ‘petual motion on his arms; fill him plum full of the dynamite of Thy glory; ‘noint him all over with the kerosene oil of Thy salvation and SET HIM ON FIRE. Amen!”
2. Just like the Israelites, we need to remain faithful to the Lord.
a. Faithful in Prayer
b. Faithful to the Word
c. Faith to His Church
3. Just like the Israelites, we need to separate ourselves from worldly things.
a. Rom. 12:2 Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think.
b. We cannot live in two worlds.
c. We cannot straddle the fence.
d. We cannot be just like everyone else, but we must be uniquely God’s own people.
4. Just like the Israelites, we must love the Lord more than anything.
a. 1 Jn. 2:15 Do not love this world nor the things it offers you, for when you love the world, you do not have the love of the Father in you.
b. Our love for the Lord must be intentional and undivided.
c. Our love for the Lord must cause us to "cling tightly" to Him.
d. To place something as more important than our relationship with the Lord is nothing less than idol worship.
e. The Lord will not accept second place in our lives. He must be first.

Transition: If we do not do these things, we could face...

III. The Consequences (12-16)

A. But If You Turn Away
1. Anytime that God gives us a challenge, there are always two variables that come into play.
a. Benefits of obedience
b. Consequences of disobedience

2. Here Joshua gives the consequences. He says, “But if you turn away from him and cling to the customs of the survivors of these nations remaining among you, and if you intermarry with them, then know for certain that the LORD your God will no longer drive them out of your land.
a. The first consequence is that the Lord will no longer drive away their enemies.
b. He would no longer fight for them.
c. He would no longer give them the land.
d. "Here is the danger of freedom. God seeks mans