Summary: Reaching your Spiritual Canaan in our daily lives


JOSHUA 1:1-9

In our day, there are many misunderstandings surrounding the Christian life-----a trip to the local Christian book store confirms this accusation-----the shelves are lined up with books that talk about how to make the Christian life easier and more acceptable to the world

--------Numerous preachers have moved into the realm of the prosperity gospel--------and their following is growing immensely

Folks we need to understand what God is saying to us here in these verses--------and understand that when we become children of God that we entered a spiritual battle with our enemy

----------but as we will notice------God wants us to be victorious and He has already given us the victory-------all we have to do is be strong and courageous and claim the spiritual land that God has given us and the victory is ours

I Corinthians 15:57----“But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ”

Notice v. 1 & 2----Now as we look at the book of Joshua we see that Moses, the great leader has died and a new leader named Joshua has been appointed to lead the nation of Israel into Canaan -the promised land

We see the book of Joshua is a record of Israel’s conquest of the Promised Land

Now remember that the Israelites had been wandering in the wilderness for 40 years----because the their lack of faith and disobedience---------expound

-------Joshua and Caleb was the only two of that generation that was still living------and was going to be able to enter the promised land

----because they were the only two of the 12 spies that believed God

The book of Joshua can teach us much about obtaining spiritual victory in our lives today

-----now some refer to Canaan as Heaven----but that is now really what God is trying to help us to see--------He is talking about a Spiritual land

-----In heaven there will be no more wars, enemies, suffering or death and there will not be 2 ½ tribes of God’s people who don’t want to go

Canaan is not a typolgoy of Heaven----but it is a picture of the life of victory that is available to every child of God

I Corinthians 10:11

-----------The word example means type--------------you see the land of Canaan is a type of land that we are to possess

Now understanding that God is speaking to us just as much as He was to Joshua------let’s look and see what He is saying

I)---A Call from God—v. 1-9

A)—A call to claim the Land—v. 1-4

In these verses —Joshua is reminded that the Lord has already given the land of Canaan to the children of Israel--------Joshua is commanded to lead the people into Canaan to claim the land that they had been promised by the Lord

God reminds Joshua that they had the land----all they had to do was claim it

Ephesians 1:3-----------Not physical (as the land)—But spiritual blessings

—every spiritual blessing is already ours in Christ----all we have to do is receive them

Heavenlies—refers to that spiritual realm of blessings now-----not talking about Heaven

Compare Joshua 1:3-----and Ephesians 1:3

------The land of Canaan was given to God’s people to enjoy but they must possess it

-----the land of spiritual blessings are given for every Christian to enjoy them----but in turn they must go and possess it as well

Now we must understand that the land is a land of spiritual battles for the believers victory--------you see the land is not only blessings but battles------their enemy was there----------------same with our spiritual land

Ephesians 6:11 & 12

Good news----you never have to be defeated in your spiritual battles

-----same promise for us that was for Joshua---------but we must be obedient and courage and put on our Spiritual warfare

----you never have to be defeated in your spiritual battles

-----same promise for us that was for Joshua---------but we must be obedient and courage and put on our Spiritual warfare

Christians so often are defeated----they struggle with sin, for all intents and purposes are wandering around in a spiritual wilderness --------when it doesn’t have to be that way

God has a place of victorious living which He has promised you and I

---------You see—I believe with all of my heart that God did not save you and me to see us defeated

B)—A call to have confidence in the Lord–v. 5-6 & 9

Joshua is reminded of some very precious promises in these verses

----notice what God promises him:

1)—V. 5----The promise of Victory over every enemy

2)—v. 5----The Promise of the presence and power fo God

3)—v. 5----The promise of the faithfulness of God

4)—v. 6----The promise of absolute victory

5)—v. 6----The promise of God to keep His promises

What did Joshua have to do to make these things happen?-----Just one thing----Trust God was going to give him the victory-----you all he had to do was be obedient to God because of his trust in God

Copy Sermon to Clipboard with PRO Download Sermon with PRO
Talk about it...

Nobody has commented yet. Be the first!

Join the discussion