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Summary: An exhortation for God’s people to follow-thru with the commitments to their inheritance in Christ. Part 1 of 2.

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COMMITMENT FOLLOW-THRU-I—Joshua 17:14—18:10

One day Adam & God were walking in the garden together when Adam complained to God that he was terribly lonely.

God said I have just the solution.

I will create for you a creature that will cook all your food for you. She will keep your things in order at all times, If you ever need clothing she will make them for you & wash them for you. She will admire everything about you & be devoted to your every thought. She will give you children & raise them to follow in your footsteps. And no matter how tired she gets from the latter, she will respond to your every whim with unbridled passion.

Adam was impressed,

How much will this cost me God?

God said "an arm & a leg"

Adam thought for a moment & said ‘What can I get for a rib?’

Adam’s follow-thru left him in the lurch.

Our follow thru can either make us or break us.

Joshua exhorted the tribes of Israel to follow-thru with the commitments to their inheritance.

God’s people must follow-thru with the commitments to their inheritance in Christ.

Who are those who follow-thru with their commitments?

6 descriptions of those who follow-thru with their commitments.

‘Realized’—Conceived/Seen as vividly real.

1—People who follow-thru on their commitments are those with

REALIZED POSSESSIONS(17:14-15)

—Explanation:(17:14-15)

Satisfied with our blessings

:14—“Then the sons of Joseph spoke to Joshua, saying, “Why have you given me only one lot & one portion for an inheritance, since I am a numerous people whom the LORD has thus far blessed?”

:15— “And Joshua said to them, “If you are a numerous people, go up to the forest & clear a place for yourself there in the land of the Perizzites & of the Rephaim, since the hill country of Ephraim is too narrow for you.”

—Argumentation:

Php. 4:11—“Not that I speak from want; for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am.”

Mat. 13:44-46—“The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure hidden in the field, which a man found & hid; & from joy over it he goes & sells all that he has, & buys that field.

“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant seeking fine pearls, & upon finding one pearl of great value, he went & sold all that he had, & bought it.”

Acts 3:6-7—“But Peter said, “I do not possess silver & gold, but what I do have I give to you: In the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene--walk!” And seizing him by the right hand, he raised him up; & immediately his feet & his ankles were strengthened.”

2Cor. 12:9—“And He[God] has said to me[Paul], “My grace is sufficient for you,...”

—Illustration:

Land on Faith Rd. & Julian Road/Hundreds of acres of scrub pines/German Co. recently purchased 200 acres/Owner Realized his Possession

Land owner with untapped resources/

—Application:

?You Realized your POSSESSIONS?

?You Realized your Commitments?

2—People who follow-thru on their commitments are those with

REALIZED VISION(17:14-18)

—Explanation:(17:14-18)

Vision to see obstacles as removed.

Maximize Potential of your possessions.

Ephraim & Manasseh saw only hardship & difficulty ahead.


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