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Ready to Walk

Words of Faith Final

Ready to Walk

Words of Faith 8-11-2020

Dr. Jeffrey D. Hoy © 2020

Jeff.Hoy@faithfellowshipweb.com

Faith Fellowship Church - Melbourne, FL

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Joshua 1:1-18

    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 Great Sea on the west. [5] No one will be able to stand up 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.

 

        What do you do when your hero is gone?  Joshua had served as the young aide of Moses for many years. He had learned about the Lord and learned about leadership from Moses. He had been designated as the successor of Moses.  Now Moses had simply gone up on the mountain and never come back.  What was next?

        It was actually the Lord who broke the news to Joshua.  "Moses my servant is dead.”  It was not completely unexpected, but such news is always difficult.  The Israelites grieved for 30 days as an official time of mourning (Deut. 34:8).  But very quickly it was time to move on.  New leadership.  A new land and a new mission. Time to walk into the promise.

         The Lord commissioned Joshua to get ready to cross the Jordan River into the Promised Land.  This was the event for which the Israelites had waited for two generations.  Joshua was the perfect person for the job. 

         Joshua remembered the bitterness of slavery in Egypt and witnessed God's mighty hand in the Exodus.  He had seen the defeat of the Egyptian army and also the Amalekites. He alone had accompanied Moses up the mountain to receive the tablets of the Ten Commandments.  He had stood watch at the temporary tent of meeting before the Tabernacle had been established. 

         Joshua had gone into Canaan with the 12 spies and, along with Caleb, was prepared to trust and follow the Lord, even though there were frightening giants in the land and great walled cities. For four decades, Joshua had faithfully served as the people wandered in the wilderness. Now it was finally time to go in. It was time to walk into the promises of God.

          The assurance given to Joshua for this walk was compelling. "I will give you every place where you set your foot." A huge expanse of land was promised to the Israelites by the Lord God. Joshua was assured victory in battle all the days of his life. He was also confirmed that the Lord would be with him just as He had been with Moses.

          That is a pretty solid promise!  “I will never leave you or forsake you.”  Remember that the Lord Jesus said a very similar thing before departing from this earth (Matthew 28:20)? 

          Interestingly, the name Joshua means “Jehovah-saved.”  It is very similar to the Hebrew name of Jesus—Yeshua, which means “he will save”.  Joshua is not the same as Jesus, but we will see many qualities that point toward Jesus as the one who leads us into the promises of God. 

          We do not have a physical land promised to us by the Lord, but we do have a spiritual land of promise that is before us.  God calls us to walk into His promises of life and provision.  God calls us to trust Him to cross over into the spiritual terrain He has planned for us.  He will cause us to have victory as we walk in His will and His ways.  He will never leave us or forsake us.  Are you ready for the journey?

 

          Father God, I give thanks to You for every gift, provision, and promise.  I rejoice in knowing that You have planned a future and hope for me.  I am ready.  Lead me forward.  Show me where to step.  Illumine my path.  In Jesus’ name.

 

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