26. January, 2020Sermon Notes No comments

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Scripture: Joshua 1:1-9

1 After the death of Moses the servant of the Lord, the Lord said to Joshua son of Nun, Moses’ aide: 2 “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. 3 I will give you every place where you set your foot, as I promised Moses. 4 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. 5 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 you6 Be strong and courageous, because you will lead these people to inherit the land I swore to their ancestors to give them. 7 “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. 8 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. 9 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.”

 

Surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age (Matthew 28:20b)

5 Keep your lives free from the love of money  and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” 6 So we say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?” (Hebrews 13:5-6)

 

Be Strong and Courageous to:

  • Lead people to the Lord
  • Do God’s Will
  • Trust God all the way

God’s CommandBe Strong and Courageous – not an option

God’s ReasonI will be with you.

 

Why must you be strong and courageous this year?

1. You Will Face Unusual Circumstances

= uncertainties ahead

  • Circumstance: Moses is dead = big problem
  • Challenge: Time to move on, move in, move up
    • Move on = out of the wilderness
    • Move in = into the Promised Land
    • Move up – up North and down South, East and West of the Jordan River

 

2. You Will Receive an Unusual Calling and Promotion

  • Commission: Joshua was called upon, promoted and commissioned.

Joshua chose to obey God and His Word, and to trust in Him completely.

God told Joshua to be strong and courageous 3 times (vv.6, 7, 9)

Why? Because there were 3 impossible situations to face:

  1. The flooded Jordan River to cross
  2. The impenetrable Jericho wall to destroy
  3. The giants and enemies to fight

 

3. You Can Experience Unusual Breakthrough and Victory

The miracle of:

  • crossing the Jordan River on dry ground
  • silence and a shout that brought down the wall of Jericho
  • defeating the enemies and claiming the land

Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you,  I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. (Isa 41:10)

For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline. (2 Timothy 1:7)

 

Be strong and courageous – not be strong and confident

God wants to use you to fulfil His will and purposes in and through your life.

If God is for us, who can be against us? (Rom 8:31)

If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen. (1 Peter 4:11)

 

God’s CommandBe Strong and Courageous

God’s ReasonI will be with you

 

God wants you to step out by faith to follow His will for your life.

Will you be that willing vessel for Him to use this year?

 

 

By: Rev. Glen Lim

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