Summary: Eleven steps to successfully navigating the New Year.

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11 Steps for 2011

Joshua 3:1-6

• History

o It is now time to leave the dessert for the promised land

o Joshua was to take them over the Jordan River

o No one over the age of 60 present except Joshua and Caleb

o A whole new generation ready to apprehend the challenge

1. Step out fresh every morning: Then Joshua rose early in the morning;

a. “Early in the Morning” in Joshua

1) 3:1 – before they crossed over the Jordan

a) Opportunity – for a new life

b) The time to begin anew is now

2) 6:12 – before they conquered Jericho

a) Victory – over our enemies

b) Satan needs be “kicked” the first thing out of bed!

3) 7:16 – because of Achin’s sin

a) Confession – put on the whole armor of God

b) Time to make some daily rituals – Morning affirmations, daily rituals

4) 8:10 – to muster the people to fight Ai

a) Encouragement to others

b) Ready to face any challenge for the day

b. Lamentations 3:22-23 22 The LORD'S lovingkindnesses indeed never cease, For His compassions never fail.

23 They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness.

2. Step out of your comfort zone: and he and all the sons of Israel set out from Shittim

a. Shittim – acacia tree (scourging thorns)

b. Place of compromise – Numbers 25

1) We do everything we can to stay comfortable

2) Hard to step out of comfort

c. How many were called to difficulty

1) John 15:20 20 "Remember the word that I said to you, 'A slave is not greater than his master.' If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you; if they kept My word, they will keep yours also.

2) Acts 14:22 22 strengthening the souls of the disciples, encouraging them to continue in the faith, and saying, "Through many tribulations we must enter the kingdom of God."

3) 2 Timothy 3:12 12 Indeed, all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will be persecuted.

3. Step powerfully over hardships: and came to the Jordan, and they lodged there before they crossed.

a. Jordon – it is overflowing its banks (v.15)

1) They had been in the wilderness for 40 years

2) Why could they not wait another 6 months?

3) Any other time would not have afforded a miracle.

b. Hardships allow us the opportunity to see God move

c. Do not run from hardships but rather embrace them as a gift from God.

4. Step in time with God’s timing: At the end of three days the officers went through the midst of the camp;

a. Waiting? No, readying – only three days

1) 3 = completeness

2) Shittim  Jordan River (10 miles or 1 day); Rest 1 day; Move on the 3rd day.

b. God’s timing is always right

1) He leads us at the right time

2) They had to wait – even in the face of the flooding banks of the Jordan, they were ready to move

c. Stepping out with God is difficult

1) Biggest trouble – lagging behind

2) Bigger problem – running ahead

5. Step in line with your God appointed leaders: and they commanded the people, saying, "When you see the ark of the covenant of the LORD your God with the Levitical priests carrying it,

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