Summary: 2 of 4. Upon Moses’ death, God called Joshua to lead Israel. God always calls capable leaders to lead His people. What surrounds the leadership of God’s people? A Condition for Assuming leadership among God’s people is A Defined/Decisive...
CONDITIONS For ASSUMING LEADERSHIP-II—Joshua 1:1-18
Before we assume leadership/take control we better be sure conditions are right.
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Upon Moses’ death, God called Joshua to lead Israel.
God always calls capable leaders to lead His people.
What is involved in being an effective leader of God’s people?
6 Conditions for leadership among God’s people are An Established...
2—A Condition for Assuming leadership among God’s people is
A Defined/Decisive BOUNDARY(:3-4)
:3—“Every place that the sole of your foot will tread upon I have given you, as I said to Moses.
God bestows this land to Joshua just as He had told Moses previously. Joshua is being employed to continue Moses’ ministry.
Deut. 11:24—“Every place on which the sole of your[Moses’] foot treads shall be yours: from the wilderness & Lebanon, from the river, the River Euphrates, even to the Western Sea, shall be your territory.”
We are Called/Gifted & Equipped of the Spirit of God to operate within the confines of the task God Himself has ordained. We must accomplish God’s desire within the bounds of our faith.
Rom. 12:6-21—“Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, let us prophesy in proportion to our faith; or ministry, let us use it in our ministering; he who teaches, in teaching; he who exhorts, in exhortation; he who gives, with liberality; he who leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness. Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good. Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another; not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord; rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer; distributing to the needs of the saints, given to hospitality. Bless those who persecute you; bless & do not curse. Rejoice with those who rejoice, & weep with those who weep. Be of the same mind toward one another. Do not set your mind on high things, but associate with the humble. Do not be wise in your own opinion. Repay no one evil for evil. Have regard for good things in the sight of all men. If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men. Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord. Therefore “If your enemy is hungry, feed him; If he is thirsty, give him a drink; For in so doing you will heap coals of fire on his head.” Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
:4—“From the wilderness & this Lebanon as far as the great river, the River Euphrates, all the land of the Hittites, & to the Great Sea toward the going down of the sun, shall be your territory.”
The land which Joshua would conquer would extend from the wilderness(where they were located E. of the Jordan river) in (“this”)Lebanon(a huge region inclusive of multiple mountain ranges extending from N of Israel S. to Sinai) to the river Euphrates(North flows out of Turkey thru Syria & into Iraq where it empties into the Persian Gulf).
“All the land of the Hittites” would be theirs. Israel would not possess the full extent of this land until the reign of David.
“All the land of the Hittites”—Possibly originating in Anatolia(Turkey). At this writing, the dominant tribe in northern Canaan as the Assyrians mention them—FBD. They inhabited the whole region between the Euphrates & Damascus. For a long time they were formidable rivals of the Egyptian & Assyrian empires—EBD. Their land includes parts of modern-day southeastern Turkey, Syria, Lebanon & Jordan.
From their current location(east of the Jordan) to the Great Sea(the Mediterranean)— “toward the setting of the sun” would also be theirs.
We have Duties-Directions-Goals
Area(s) of Effectiveness/Efficiency...
—Ordained of God
—Regardless of perceived obstacles(Hittites—Current possessors of the land—Lost-Indifferent-Poor-Rich-Mexican-Oriental-African-Jew-Muslim-Buddhist-Mormon-Jehovah’s Witnesses...Ad infinitum).
These must be conquered in order to take possession of the land. They must be conquered thru the living testimony of Christ in ourselves!
What is attainable for some may not seem attainable to others. Our calling is to show you/others the land(boundaries) & encourage you/others to conquer it!
**What is attainable in God’s power is always beyond that attainable in our flesh.
The land must be conquered THRU the leadership not BY the leadership.
* “Aim at nothing & we’ll hit it every time!”
*Aim beyond Maintenance to Growth...Beyond the past to the future.
Col. 3:2—“Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth.”
Don’t look for power or prestige or recognition...Look to serve God.