March On - A continuation of
Joshua 1:1-9 NIV
After the death of Moses the servant of the lord, the lord said to Joshua son of Nun, Moses' aide: "Moses my servant is dead. Now then, you and all these people, get ready to cross the Jordan River into the land I am about to give to them—to the Israelites. I will give you every place where you set your foot, as I promised Moses. Your territory will extend from the desert to Lebanon, and from the great river, the Euphrates—all the Hittite country—to the Mediterranean Sea in the west. No one will be able to stand against you all the days of your life. As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you. Be strong and courageous, because you will lead these people to inherit the land I swore to their ancestors to give them. "Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go. Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the lord your God will be with you wherever you go."
Key Word & Metaphor
Key Word – “Possess” or “Possession” – 24x Metaphor – Possessing God’s Promises
Possessing God’s Promises
Genesis 17:8 NIV
The whole land of Canaan, where you now reside as a foreigner, I will give as an everlasting possession to you and your descendants after you; and I will be their God."
Possessing God’s Promises
Ephesians 1:3 NIV
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ.
Possessing God’s Promises
Ephesians 6:10 NIV
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.
1. BE STRONG AND COURAGEOUS
Example Bible Reference Title
Genesis 1:1 NIV
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
A. Lay Hold of GOD’S PROMISES
1. Past Must be FORGOTTEN
Galatians 2:20 NIV
I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
2. Past is GOD’S SERVANT
Romans 8:28 NIV
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
3. Fight the Good Fight (vs. 5)
Ephesians 6:12 NIV
For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.
B. Lay Hold of GOD’S PATTERN (vs. 7-8)
C. Lay Hold of GOD (vs. 9)
2. WALK IN FAITH
Hebrews 11:31 NIV
By faith the prostitute Rahab, because she welcomed the spies, was not killed with those who were disobedient.
Joshua 6:24-25 NIV
Then they burned the whole city and everything in it, but they put the silver and gold and the articles of bronze and iron into the treasury of the lord's house. But Joshua spared Rahab the prostitute, with her family and all who belonged to her, because she hid the men Joshua had sent as spies to Jericho—and she lives among the Israelites to this day.
A. SILENT TRUSTING
Joshua 6:10-11 NIV
But Joshua had commanded the army, "Do not give a war cry, do not raise your voices, do not say a word until the day I tell you to shout. Then shout!" So he had the ark of the lord carried around the city, circling it once. Then the army returned to camp and spent the night there.
Hebrews 11:30 NIV
By faith the walls of Jericho fell, after the army had marched around them for seven days.
1 John 5:4 NIV
for everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith.
B. JOYFUL PRAISE
Joshua 6:20 NIV
When the trumpets sounded, the army shouted, and at the sound of the trumpet, when the men gave a loud shout, the wall collapsed; so everyone charged straight in, and they took the city.
Psalm 47:1 NIV
Clap your hands, all you nations; shout to God with cries of joy.
Psalm 149:6-9 NIV
May the praise of God be in their mouths and a double-edged sword in their hands, to inflict vengeance on the nations and punishment on the peoples, to bind their kings with fetters, their nobles with shackles of iron, to carry out the sentence written against them— this is the glory of all his faithful people. Praise the lord.
1. Startles Enemy 2. Focus Attention 3. Blocks out Pain
Joshua 24:14-15 NIV
"Now fear the lord and serve him with all faithfulness. Throw away the gods your ancestors worshiped beyond the Euphrates River and in Egypt, and serve the lord. But if serving the lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the lord."
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