Summary: God teaches us that living in victory requires 2 things: believing God’s promises and behaving God’s commands.

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Strategy for Living in Victory

LOGO: The strategy for living in victory is to believe God’s Covenants and behave God’s Commands.

TEXT: Joshua 1:1-9

HOOK: Because of my sordid professional background, I like to read interesting and unusual legal cases. I read recently of a story where a barrister in London, England probated a will. They could not find heirs. After 2 years, found heir in U.S. Found him through obituaries - he had died destitute in an abandoned building.

He had inheritance he never possessed

He had inheritance that would have provided for his needs

He had inheritance that would have saved his life

So many Christians live this same way.

We have so much available to us - yet we don’t possess it and even struggle in poverty without ever possessing it.

John 10:10 - RECITE

“The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.”

God has planned for us a victorious life - BUT we must learn to possess this inheritance He has created for us.

LOGO: The strategy for living in victory is to believe God’s covenants and behave God’s commands.

The book of Joshua tells the story of God’s people possessing God’s promised inheritance for them.

Book of Joshua tells story of:

• God’s deliverer for His people - Joshua

• the inheritance God provided His people

• His plan for victory of their enemies

• His instructions for possessing all He had created for them

Book of Joshua is a key book for us because it teaches us how to possess victory in our lives. Book of Joshua is a primer, a painting, a parable, and a prophecy for Jesus’ redemption of His people and the plan for appropriating the abundant life He promises.

Book of Joshua foretells of:

• God’s promised deliverance - Jesus

• this abundance He has promised for our life

• His plan for living in Victory

• His instructions for life

Book of Joshua teaches us:

LOGO: The strategy for living in victory is to believe God’s covenants and behave God’s commands.

Explanation of the Joshua sermon series = 24 chapters, only 6 weeks.

Week 1 = “The Big Picture”

Week 5-6 = the individual battles which combine together to equal a life of victory.

Let’s begin today by defining the “big picture” or the main theme for Joshua – Living in Victory. It is defined for us in Joshua 1:1-9. Let’s read together this passage.

A. The Battle Commenced

Read verses 1-2 again.

• God says arise and go over the Jordan to Canaan

-----easier said than done

• Canaan = same Canaan filled with “giants which made them look like grasshoppers” the first time they arrived here. Don’t think Joshua has forgotten that either.

• Main road leading through the land of Canaan was guarded by the fortress city of Jericho.

• Boy, some “gift” huh?

You may ask the question: “What kind of gift is this that you have to fight for it?” What was God’s purpose in telling the children of Israel Canaan was a gift, but requiring them to engage in battle to possess it? Wouldn’t it have made more sense for God to wipe out all the Canaanites with fire from

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