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Summary: To show that GOD does not need our reputation He's no respecter of persons and requires us to obey Him.

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I. EXORDIUM:

Do you still have a reputation?

No. I carry the reputation of GOD.

GOD, the LORD JESUS CHRIST did the same to us.

Philippians 2:7 (Amplified Bible)

But stripped Himself [of all privileges and rightful dignity], so as to assume the guise of a servant (slave), in that He became like men and was born a human being.

II. AUDIENCE PROFILE:

Believers/unbelievers

III. OBJECTIVES:

To show that GOD does not need our reputation He's no respecter of persons and requires us to obey Him.

Acts 10:34 (Amplified Bible)

And Peter opened his mouth and said: Most certainly and thoroughly I now perceive and understand that God shows no partiality and is no respecter of persons,

IV. TEXT:

Joshua 5:15 (Amplified Bible)

And the Prince of the Lord’s host said to Joshua, oose your shoes from off your feet, for the place where you stand is holy. And Joshua did so.

V. THESIS:

Praise, worship, glorify, adore, bless, honor, acknowledge and thank You very much LORD JESUS for GOD's love enabled us to love You with affectionate reverence, prompt obedience and grateful recognition of Your blessing upon our lives.

1 Corinthians 8:3 (Amplified Bible)

But if one loves God truly [with affectionate reverence, prompt obedience, and grateful recognition of His blessing], he is known by God [recognized as worthy of His intimacy and love, and he is owned by Him].

VI. TITLE:

Lose your reputation before GOD

VII. EXPLICATION:

A. Author: uncertain, probably Joshua

B. Date written: 1407-1383 b.c.(?)

C. Purpose: To review the history of Israel's conquest of the Promised Land

D. To whom written: The nation of Israel

E. Main Theme: The conquest and division of the Land of Canaan

F. Keyword: Possession

G. Key verses: Joshua 1:8-11

Joshua 1:8-11 (Amplified Bible)

This Book of the Law shall not depart out of your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, that you may observe and do according to all that is written in it. For then you shall make your way prosperous, and then you shall deal wisely and have good success.

Have not I commanded you? Be strong, vigorous, and very courageous. Be not afraid, neither be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.

Then Joshua commanded the officers of the people, saying,

Pass through the camp and command the people, Prepare your provisions, for within three days you shall pass over this Jordan to go in to take possession of the land which the Lord your God is giving you to possess.

H. Key Thought: How to be successful in the battle of life,—Joshua 1:8-9.

I. Choice Selections:

God's encouragement of Joshua, — Joshua 1:1-9.

Joshua's farewell address, — Joshua 23:1-16; 24:1-27.

VIII. MAIN BODY:

Joshua 5:15 (Amplified Bible)

And the Prince of the Lord’s host said to Joshua, oose your shoes from off your feet, for the place where you stand is holy. And Joshua did so.

Joshua 5:15 (King James Version)

And the captain of the LORD'S host said unto Joshua, Loose thy shoe from off thy foot; for the place whereon thou standest is holy. And Joshua did so.

A. The LORD JESUS said Lose your reputation from yourself in GOD's Presence

"And the Prince of the Lord’s host said to Joshua, oose your shoes from off your feet, for the place where you stand is holy."

Acts 7:32-33 (Amplified Bible)

I am the God of your forefathers, the God of Abraham and of Isaac and of Jacob. And Moses trembled and was so terrified that he did not venture to look.

Then the Lord said to him, Remove the sandals from your feet, for the place where you are standing is holy ground and worthy of veneration.

Matthew 16:24 (Amplified Bible)

Then Jesus said to His disciples, If anyone desires to be My disciple, let him deny himself [disregard, lose sight of, and forget himself and his own interests] and take up his cross and follow Me [cleave steadfastly to Me, conform wholly to My example in living and, if need be, in dying, also].

Mark 8:34 (Amplified Bible)

And Jesus called [to Him] the throng with His disciples and said to them, If anyone intends to come after Me, let him deny himself [forget, ignore, disown, and lose sight of himself and his own interests] and take up his cross, and [joining Me as a disciple and siding with My party] follow with Me [continually, cleaving steadfastly to Me].

Sandals resembles sometimes as a symbol of occupancy, a refusal to marry, or of something valueless. [Source: Strong's Hebrew and Greek Dictionaries] It is your reputation or place in the society that makes you who you are, it's your identity.

Remember the LORD wants us to deny who we are.

Matthew 16:24 (Amplified Bible)

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