Summary: This sermon is about Joshua, Jericho, Ai and the Children of Israel
We greet you this afternoon in the savior’s name, Jesus Christ , praising Him the one who is the head of my life and the head of the of the church and head of this local fellowship. Without Christ we can do nothing….but we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us.
I invite your attention for just a few minutes this afternoon for the Word of God I want to go to the book of Joshua for today for a few minutes.
As we prepare to read the word of God, I ask you to stand take your Bibles and lift them up toward heaven and repeat after me our affirmation for the word of God, I believe that God is who God’s word says that He is. I believe that God will do what God’s word says that He will do. I believe that I am who God’s word says that I am. Thy word O Lord is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path. Amen. Read scriptures from the NKJV. Joshua 1 vss 1-3, and Joshua 6 vss 16-19.
You may be seated. Thanks be to the Lord for the reading hearing and doing of God’s Holy Word.
Jos 6:18 And ye, in any wise keep yourselves from the accursed thing, lest ye make yourselves accursed, when ye take of the accursed thing, and make the camp of Israel a curse, and trouble it.
Jos 6:19 But all the silver, and gold, and vessels of brass and iron, are consecrated unto the LORD: they shall come into the treasury of the LORD.
I want to speak from the thought today…what God has for me is for me….you can choose that subject for today…or another subject could be when God says no…there is a yes…When God says no there is a yes. What God has for me it is for me and when God says no there is a yes.
In this story just to summarized, give a short background, not assuming that everybody knows what happening in this text. The main characters are God, Joshua and the children of Israel and the city of Jericho. Joshua is following after the leadeship of Moses. Moses is now deceased. And Joshua is head leader now of the children of Israel and God says to Joshua in chapter one of the book of Joshua that I give you the same promise that I gave my servant Moses that every where the sole of your foot shall touch, you shall overtake and occupy and secure the land for yourself and the children of Israel. But now as the story unfolds, as the children of Israel begin to move out to secure the land…..God is working in their midst and he is showing them what it’s going to take to overtake the land. Indeed it’s where ever you walk you shall the take the land but hold up a minute now saints it will not be a cake walk. And that’s the same way it is in this life. God has designated a life for you. God has a plan for you. God has a purpose for you. God has a will and way for you. God has designed you for kingdom work for his glory and for your good. God is saying to each and every one of us that where you place your foot, the ground is yours….where ever you walk it’s yours….you are victorious wherever you go…if you with me and in me….but it’s not going to be a cake walk. You see as the chapters begin to unravel and unfold and come behind chapter 1, God begins to make clear what’s it’s going to take to occupy the land. You see the land is not just going to be ours just because we walk on it, but there are some things that we’ve got to do and not do in order for God to work on our behalf to help us inherit the promises that he has for our lives.
I want to say on this student and senior seasoned recognition Sunday that God’s promises in his word, God’s blessings in his word….and I am not just talking about a new car, money, jobs and land…I am talking about your whole life……your spiritual blessings, the favor of the Lord on your life, your strength, your influence on the behalf of Jesus Christ…..all of God’s blessings and promises in his word are for both the student and seasoned saint and everybody in between but it’s going to take some ongoing conditions to see God work in your life. And as we find in chapter 6 of Joshua, there are two things that God laid out that forever stands if we are going to walk in the things of God….if we believe that what God has for us is for us….and that when God says no there is a yes…there are two things that we must practice in our lives as a lifestyle in order for God’s plan to be at work.