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Summary: FOCAL POINT: THE CHOICE IS WHO OR WHAT.

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JOSHUA

PART 2 OF A 2 PART SERIES

KEY VERSE: JOSHUA 1: 6-9

JOSHUA: JOSHUA 24: 14-15

FOCAL POINT: THE CHOICE IS WHO OR WHAT.

INTRODUCTION:

READ JOSHUA 1: 6-9

THE KEY THEME THROUGHOUT JOSHUA IS THE KEEPING OF THE LAW. THIS IS A CONTINUATION OF THIS THEME.

EXHORTATION ON JOSHUA 24: 14-15

GOD REVIEWED HOW HE HAD DRAWN MANY PEOPLE UNTO HIMSELF INCLUDING JOSHUA’S GENERATION. CHRISTIANS TODAY SOMETIMES NEED REMINDING THEY HAVE A RICH HERITAGE OF MANY DRAWN OUT BEFORE THEM.

JOSHUA MADE WISE LEADERSHIP CHOICES. HE DID NOT WANE IN HIS CHOICE TO OBEY GOD. HE WAS AN EXAMPLE FOR OTHERS TO FOLLOW. THE WAY YOU LIVE SHOWS OTHERS YOUR TRUE COMMITMENT TO THE LORD!

ONE OF THE KEY WORDS FOUND IN CHAPTER 24 IS THE WORD “SERVE”. TO SERVE GOD MEANS TO FEAR HIM, OBEY AND WORSHIP HIM. IT MEANS TO LOVE ON HIM AS HE LOVED YOU. IT MEANS TO FIX YOUR HEART UPON HIM AND OBEY HIM OUT OF DEEP LOVE AND DEVOTION.

WE MUST RECALL THAT ISRAEL WAS SATURATED IN IDOLATRY IN EGYPT. IT TAKES COMMITMENT, TIME, DEVOTION AND WILL TO ERADICATE EGYPT. THE JOURNEY BACK TO GOD STARTS NOW!

IT IS EASY TO SLIP INTO REBELLION AND GOING ABOUT LIFE AS YOU PLEASE. THE TIME WILL COME TO MAKE QUALITY CHOICES ABOUT YOUR LIFESTYLE OF WHO OR WHAT WILL CONTROL YOU. YOU MUST MAKE A CHOICE. WILL YOU CHOOSE GOD? WILL IT BE YOUR OWN POWERFUL OR LIMITED PERSONALITY? WILL IT BE SOME OTHER ISSUE RATHER THAN GOD? AGAIN, YOU MUST MAKE A CHOICE. IF THE CHOICE IS GOD, MAKE SURE YOU REAFFIRM THAT COMMITMENT FREQUENTLY!

A GRATEFUL HEART TOWARD GOD IS A STRONG DEFENSE AGAINST SATAN’S TEMPTATIONS.

LET IS NOT BE SAID, “I HAVE NO CHOICE”. YOU HAVE EVERY CHANCE AND EVERY RIGHT TO MAKE A CORRECT OR INCORRECT CHOICE OF WHOM YOU WILL SERVE. I PRAY YOU CHOOSE LIFE IN CHRIST.

EXODUS 32: 26 “NOW WHEN MOSES SAW THAT THE PEOPLE WERE OUT OF CONTROL, FOR AARON HAD LET THEM GET OUT OF CONTROL TO BE A DERISION AMONG THEIR ENEMIES, THEN MOSES STOOD IN THE GATE OF THE CAMP AND SAID, “WHOEVER IS FOR THE LORD, COME TO ME!”

DEUTERONOMY 30: 19 “I CALL HEAVEN AND EARTH TO WITNESS AGAINST YOU TODAY, THAT I HAVE SET BEFORE YOU LIFE AND DEATH, THE BLESSING AND THE CURSE, SO CHOOSE LIFE IN ORDER THAT YOU MAY LIVE, YOU AND YOUR DESCENDENTS.”

1 KINGS 18: 21 “ELIJAH CAME NEAR TO ALL THE PEOPLE AND SAID, HOW LONG WILL YOU HESITATE BETWEEN TWO OPINIONS? IF THE LORD IS GOD, FOLLOW HIM; BUT IF BAAL, FOLLOW HIM.” HOWEVER, THE PEOPLE DID NOT ANSWER HIM A WORD.

APPLICATION: THE CHOICE IS YOURS. I PRAY YOUR CHOICE IS CHRIST!

REF: NIV COMMENTARY ON JOSHUA BY MARTIN WOUDSTRA, OTC ON JOSHUA BY KENNETH GANGEL, NAC ON JOSHUA BY DAVID HOWARD, LIFE APPLICATION STUDY BIBLE, TSB BY WARREN WIERSBE, F. B. MEYER DEVOTIONAL COMMENTARY, LIFE APPLICATION BY G. CAMPBELL MORGAN, THOMPSON CHAIN REFERENCE BIBLE, GOTQUESTIONS.ORG, BLUELETTERBIBILE.ORG.


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