Fighting with the Lord

After the death of Moses the servant of the Lord, the Lord said to Joshua the son of Nun, Moses’ assistant, “Moses my servant is dead. Now therefore arise, go over this Jordan, you and all this people, into the land that I am giving to them, to the people of Israel. Every place that the sole of your foot will tread upon I have given to you, just as I promised to Moses.

Joshua 1:1-3, ESV

Can you imagine the thoughts that went through Joshua’s mind when God said, “Moses my servant is dead. Now therefore arise, go over this Jordan, you and all this people, into the land that I am giving to them, to the people Israel.”

Moses had lead the people for the last 40 years, performed many miracles to sustain the people, and now Joshua must fill his shoes.
What do you do when God calls on you to do something bigger than you ever imagined? Do you take a leap of faith or do you freeze in fear? The next time that happens I want you to keep these 3 things in mind.

1. God is calling you into a story that is bigger than you.

The story didn’t start with you and it will not end with you. Take the pressure off yourself and realize God is the author of the story. God always provides for those he calls. Take the opportunity to walk with God and experience all He has for you.

2. God’s plan is not dependent on your success or failure.

God’s plans are always successful because He is the power behind the plan. Over and over in the scriptures, God promises that he will go before us and be with us through every battle and trial. We are not to fear because the Spirit of God is with us and for us.

As Moses held up the rod over the Red Sea he said, “Behold, the salvation of the Lord.” Moses knew it was the power of God that would save them. All he could do is watch, “Behold.” God is not expecting us to provide the power. We are to draw the attention of the people to the One with the real power.

3. God’s plan, God’s power, God’s glory!

Joshua would lead the children of Israel into many victories. People would talk of his greatness, but Joshua knew better. The only one worth of the victory is the Everlasting God.

Any great leader realizes the victory belongs to God. In the victory, you must remain humble, giving all glory to God who provided all the power to see the plan come to pass. Many bible characters found themselves shipwrecked by believing what people were saying. Better to stay humble and be used again than to take the glory and God use another.

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

Joshua 1:9, ESV

To watch my sermon on this topic entitled “Where Your Strength Comes From,” you can click the title or visit www.reliant.church/sermons.

Published by Bill Sizemore

Bill married Kim in 1990 and has two daughters serving the Lord. He has served the body of Christ as Pastor for the past 25 years. His goal is to see the church become​ Jesus followers of faith that expand God's Kingdom. His heart for discipleship is the driving force for training on every level.

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