Summary: The bible is God's word in a form we can understand and implement so we can become who he created us to be.
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We are all hackers looking for shortcuts or ways to do things which are less stressful and more comfortable. Life is hard enough so finding the fastest way to, or through, the obstacles of life seems like an appropriate subject in this covid reality we have found ourselves in.
So over the next six weeks, we will be sharing simple shortcuts to help you live your best life. Over the next few weeks, we will offer financial, relationship, parenting, purpose, work and even a simple shortcut to God.
Today, we will look for our life shortcut from the Old Testament book called Joshua. The sixth book of the Bible. The five books of Moses anticipated the fulfillment of God's promise to Abraham regarding the Promised Land. Now (either about 1400 or 1220 b.c.), through a string of military victories under Joshua, Israel conquered the land and divided it among the twelve tribes. In these battles it became evident that God fights for his people when they are "strong and courageous" (1:6, 7, 9, 18; 10:25) and put their full trust in him. At the close of the book, Joshua charged the people to remain faithful to God and to obey his commands, and the people agreed to do so. "As for me and my house," said Joshua, "we will serve the Lord" (24:15). Although anonymous, the book appears to contain eyewitness testimony, some of which may have been written by Joshua himself. ESV commentary
Let’s jump into the book from the beginning
After the death of Moses the servant of the Lord, the Lord said to Joshua son of Nun, Moses’ aide: 2 “Moses my servant is dead. Now then, you and all these people, get ready to cross the Jordan River into the land I am about to give to them—to the Israelites. 3 I will give you every place where you set your foot, as I promised Moses. 4 Your territory will extend from the desert to Lebanon, and from the great river, the Euphrates—all the Hittite country—to the Mediterranean Sea in the west. 5 No one will be able to stand against you all the days of your life. As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you. 6 Be strong and courageous, because you will lead these people to inherit the land I swore to their ancestors to give them. Joshua 1:1-6 NIV
The promise of God is clear from the beginning of the text but especially in verse three:“I will give you every place where you set your foot, as I promised Moses.” We all should love the thought that God promises are forever. When he says, Yes. It’s not contingent on whether you’re alive. If he makes a covenant. It’s FOREVER. Think about all His promises. Think about Jesus' promise. Think about the great commands of God. They have not changed because the world is “different” today. God will not negotiate the terms. AND he will extend His power to you so nothing can stand in your way. Look at verse 5: “As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you.” Do you believe that? Jesus didn’t save you for you to walk around on your own. Jesus saves so you can participate with Him on the mission of God. Your mission, if you choose to accept it, is to bring a little of the kingdom here. It’s to bring heaven to the places you live, work and play so that more may want to be a part of the great redemption of all of humanity. It is the plan. The verses scream of God’s promise, power and plan. A simple plan just not an easy one. Don’t forget: simple, not easy. It’s straightforward but it will require a little moxie on your part. Take a listen.
7 “Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go. 8 Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. 9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:7-9