ISRAEL: SECOND REPUBLIC … PT 22

Lessons from the book of Joshua 

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Joshua 11:23 – Legacy

God told Moses about His plan to settle Israel in a certain place and while Moses was around, it looked like it was the only mission of his administration. Then, he suddenly had to step aside.

Then comes another president. If it were to be in our time, the new administration would have taken up a new project and charted a new course just so that it can be remembered for something meaningful based on its novelty, but Joshua stayed the course and fulfilled the assignment given him, the same one given his master. He took his place in destiny as a tool in the agenda of God, rather than try to draw up an agenda of his own. He chose to be a single thread in an eternal divine tapestry over being a banner of a very temporary human crusade. And going by the fact that I’m still talking about him today, in good light, I’d say he chose well. You should too.

All that said, this truth is also clear, kingdoms will rise and fall, administrations will come and go, power will change hands from person to person and all the while, the agenda of God will never change.

All things work together to bring God’s plan to pass – all things and all persons.

Romans 8:28  And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to [his] purpose.

ISRAEL: SECOND REPUBLIC … PT 21

Lessons from the book of Joshua

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Joshua 11:20  – The Question

It is interesting that the enemy gathers an army in reflection of his assessment of what he thinks it would take to defeat you. So if the problems you encounter are small, it’s because your enemy thinks you are small and it doesn’t take much to knock you over (Joshua 7:3, Luke 14:31-32).

The problems that come our way came to be resolved, and not to destroy us. The key to their resolution is always embedded in the problems.

1Corintians 10:13  There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God [is] faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear [it].

The questions of life will always come to us because we are the answer.

Look out for the answer, stop looking at the problem.

 

Romans 8:19-22

ISRAEL: SECOND REPUBLIC … PT 20

Lessons from the book of Joshua

Joshua 11:20 – Stackable Success

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… As the Lord commanded Moses.

Joshua did not deviate from the instructions of Moses even after he had died because he recognized that they were not Moses’ commandments but God’s … and He was still very much around.

It is important to let your followers know that your administration is not about you but about a cause that is for their benefit, a cause that’s greater than you and that would outlast you otherwise your successor might deviate from it and abort the people’s hopes.

Interesting also that Joshua had no personal agenda; no plan except the plan his predecessor was following. He built the success of his administration on the success of the previous one. If he had chosen a different approach to make it about himself, he would have had to erase Moses and his achievements from the lives of the people which would mean starting from square one.

Imagine the futility if such a pattern were to be repeated with every subsequent administration; all activity but no progress.

Deuteronomy 2:3  Ye have compassed this mountain long enough: turn you northward.

Someone said the benefit of history is that you don’t have to go through the same lesson twice. Isaac Newton said doing things the same way and expecting a different result is insanity, I wonder what he would call doing things in a different way just to accomplish what has already been achieved.

Stop trying to reinvent the wheel. It’s okay to build on the success of others.

Stackable success equals progress.

ISRAEL: SECOND REPUBLIC … 19

Lessons from the book of Joshua

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Joshua 11: 1-6b – I Spy the Enemy Lines

 

“You shall hamstring their horses and burn their chariots with fire”.

I’m thinking, “What a waste! Would it not have been a sound military strategy to commandeer the military resources of the defeated enemy? Would it not give us a better advantage in future wars?” Here is the funny thing; it’s very easy to forget that the enemy we just defeated considered these resources their “better advantage” until they were conquered.

Do you know where we get our ideas from sometimes? By watching the enemy. We think if we only had what they had and did what they did, we would stand a better chance. We easily forget that we have come thus far without the resources we so urgently seek to acquire just because the enemy has them.

Right here is one of the background stories that could have given birth to the song, “Some may trust in horses, some may trust in chariots but we will trust in the name of our God” (Psalm 20:7)

We have to learn to stop ignoring what works for us and stop pursuing what works for someone else, especially the world. And that’s just the funny thing about it, isn’t it? We actually are from two different worlds.

We have God on our side.

Jonah 2:8  They that observe lying vanities forsake their own mercy.

 

ISRAEL: SECOND REPUBLIC … PT 18

Lessons from the book of Joshua

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Joshua 11: 1-5 – Not So Secret Weapon

The enemy gathered themselves against Israel thinking Israel won her previous battles on the account of their number.

If Goliath had seen the God standing right behind David, surely he would have turned and run away.

Sometimes, our greatest assurance of success is not apparent even to us because our victory is still being worked out in the realm of the invisible. That’s why it takes faith and patience to inherit the promises of God.

Hebrews 6:12  that you be not slothful, but imitators of those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.

Mark 4:26-29  And He said, So is the kingdom of God, as if a man should cast seed into the ground; and should sleep, and rise night and day, and the seed should spring and grow up, he knows not how. For the earth brings out fruit of itself, first the blade, then the ear, after that the full grain in the ear. But when the fruit has been brought out, immediately he puts in the sickle, because the harvest has come.

ISRAEL: SECOND REPUBLIC … PT 17

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Joshua 10  – Travel Buddy

Gibeon was a great city but it fell. Once a stronghold falls, the rest of the opposition tumbles like dominoes.

A lot of people depend on you; you must not let them down. To them you are a stronghold. Your every success becomes the inspiration for others to make the attempt to succeed. Think about it, does the success of others not inspire you to try and achieve something too? On the other hand, it’s quite a risk to rest your hope and faith for your future on a person because they too can fall.

So what is the balance? Be inspired by the success of others, learn from their mistakes but chart your own course.

Hebrews 6:12  …  be not slothful, but imitators of those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.

Hebrews 12:13  And make straight paths for your feet, lest that which is lame be turned out of the way, but let it rather be healed.

Hebrews 13:7  Remember those leading you, who have spoken to you the Word of God, whose faith follow, considering the end of their conduct.

You may travel with a lot of folks in a single vehicle, but you are not all going to the same destination.