“After the death of Moses the servant of the Lord, the Lord said to Joshua son of Nun, Moses’ minister, Moses My servant is dead. So now arise [take his place], go over this Jordan, you and all this people, into the land which I am giving to them, the Israelites. Every place upon which the sole of your foot shall tread, that have I given you, as I promised Moses.
From the wilderness and this Lebanon to the great river Euphrates–all the land of the Hittites [Canaan]–and to the Great Mediterranean Sea on the west shall be your territory. No man shall be able to stand before you all the days of your life. As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will not fail you or forsake you. Be strong (confident and of good courage, for you shall cause this people to inherit the land which I swore to their fathers to give them.
Only you be strong and very courageous, that you may do according to all the law which Moses My servant commanded you. Turn not from it to the right hand or to the left, that you may prosper wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:1-7)
Joshua, like Moses was a man who wore many hats. He was Moses’ minister or Moses’ right-hand man. He was a man of war and a great military commander. Moses led the people to the promised land but Joshua had to go in and take it away from the current residents. As you can see from the description God gave to Joshua, it is a huge piece of real-estate.
Notice how determined God is to keep His promise to Israel. Their battle for the land was about to begin. A battle that is still raging today in modern-day Israel. A little strip of land the size of New Jersey is all that they have claim to, but it is a fraction of what was promised to them. In spite of the hard circumstances, God’s promise remains.
In Joshua’s life, God was faithful. He was with him through it all–all the days of his life. Joshua saw enough of God’s power and glory by ministering to Moses, so he knew God and he was faithful to obey His every command. Because of this, Joshua wrought great victories for Israel all the days of his life.
Every one of us has a Joshua moment. That moment when we will make the decision to go all the way with God, or stay on the parameters and watch from a distance. God’s Word is full of wonderful promises, but they have to be taken. God said to Joshua, “the land is yours, now go take it and here is how to do it.” That is basically what He said. If you want to be successful, trust Me, lean on Me and keep My commandments and My Word. As it was with Joshua, it is still that way for you and me. We have been given the kingdom of heaven through Jesus’ work on the Cross.
If Joshua would have not believed or been afraid, Israel would not be a nation today. They would never have gone in and taken the promises of God. Our promises of healing, peace, provision and deliverance are there to take, but you and I have to reach out and take them. They aren’t going to drop in our laps. Do what Joshua did to be successful–He chose to obey God’s Word.
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