Summary: We are reminded of what God told Joshua, "Go over this Jordan thou and this entire people, unto a land which I gave thee."
The Victory side of Life#2
Life on A High Plain by Gerald Van Horn
We are reminded of what God told Joshua," Go over this Jordan thou and this entire people, unto a land which I gave thee.” This promise set forth for them the possibility of a higher plain. It meant deliverance from the wilderness and into a life of victory even though it meant warfare and conflict.
The heart cry of God’s people is “How can I be the kind of person that God can use?” We must set aside all our inadequacies. If the book is correct you’ll be shocked and mildly surprised at what is required.
Does this infer that only the strong are to lead in the work of the Lord? V.9 If this is so there is little hope for any of us. The Apostle Paul said, “Who is sufficient for these things?”2 Corinthians 2:16.
Notice (v.9) God said, “Be strong!” Why? Surely Joshua was aware of his inadequacy and weakness. In fact he was quite content to play second fiddle to Moses. However one day the call came and his heart failed him.
God said “be strong” meant that the man to whom He spoke felt weak.
God said, “Be not afraid” which meant that the person He was addressing was frightened.
God said, “Neither be thou dismayed” which meant that the man to whom He was speaking was prone to quit.
The world says that survival belongs to the fittest but God says He gives power to the faint and strength in weakness. Often God has to humble us and break our spirit to build us up again. He uses the things that are “not” to bring to pass the things that “are“.
“But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk, and not faint.”: Isaiah 40:31.
1. The person that God can use is faithful.
Joshua was Moses’ minister.v.1 What a wonderful word! This carries the thought of service. Joshua was in service for Moses for over 40 years working behind the scene. He was 80 years old when he went into Canaan. Suddenly God thrusts him into the place of leadership. We never know what God is preparing us for in the future but we do know “who” holds the future. So often we murmur about our daily service and think we are ready for the higher plain and when it happens we are not ready. All difficulties are only to prepare us for God to use us in a greater measure.
Promises that Goid gave Joshua * Every place you tread upon will be yours. v. 3-4
* No man shall be able to stand before you all the days of your life. v.5
* As I was with Moses, so will I be with you. v.5
* I will not fail you. v.5
* I will not forsake you. v.5
*You will divide the land for an inheritance. v.6
* I am with you wherever you go. v.9
Sign in a kitchen. “Devine service is conducted here three times a day." How ever menial
the task may be - all is important to God.
Jesus prepared Himself 30 years for a ministry of only 3 1/2 years. He worked as a
Carpenter is His father’s shop. He attended a dead and dry church. One day He stepped out of obscurity into His ministry with the seal of heaven, “This is my beloved Son in whom I am well pleased.”
Jesus is faithful:
I Thessalonians 5:24 “Faithful is He that calleth you.”
2 Thessalonians 3:3 “But the Lord is faithful.”
2 Timothy 2:3 “He abideth faithful.”
Hebrews 10:23 “For He is faithful that promised.”
A verse from a new chorus:
I sing to You Lord,
A hymn of love for your faithfulness to me.
I am carried in everlasting arms,
You’ll never let me go,
Through it all.
2. The person that God can use has a distinct call. v.5-6.
Joshua knew the danger that was ahead. He saw what the enemy could do. A person with the call of God on their life is invincible.
We ask our teachers, “Are you qualified?” When we should be asking. “Are you called to be teach?”
A minister in London was asked “did you have a great revival? How many additions did you have?” The minister replied, “Additions?” “ We had some subtractions!” If you are serving in a position in church that you are not called to do, you need to resign”. May God rise up an Army in our churches that can tear down walls, attack cities and if a river rises in front of them may they go right through.