I hope you are all doing well.
This week we want to focus on verse 9 of Joshua chapter 1. Remember that God said that being strong and courageous is a command. The only alternative is to live in fear. God does not have a desire for any Christian to live a life of fear. I am praying for every member of FaithPoint to be strong and courageous.
FaithPoint Men: we will be discussing chapter 2 of Multiply this Sunday. If you have not already done so, please go to the book’s website or download the app and watch the video for chapter 1. We will use this video to lead us into our discussion of chapter 2.
We are currently in our summer series Heroes. The video clips from the first two weeks of the series will be on our FaithPoint Facebook page later this afternoon. The notes from our series will be posted here on this blog every Monday. That way if you have missed a week or would like to go back and use the notes for your own personal Bible study, you can.
Here are the notes from the sermon yesterday:
The text for this sermon comes from: Joshua 1:1-9. The title of this sermon is: Becoming Immune to Kryptonite.
Kryptonite. It is painful and paralyzing. It renders Superman powerless. In a moment, he becomes weak, and ineffective. When kryptonite enters the picture, Superman is down. It is the sucker punch that he never sees coming.
What is your kryptonite?
In the life of a Christian, kryptonite is that thing that keeps you from fully being the person that God created you to be. Your kryptonite keeps you from being obedient to Scripture.
Unbelief, doubt, apathy, hesitancy, complacency, selfishness, anger, laziness are all birthed from fear.
Fear has the potential to trainwreck your life.
I believe fear is the ultimate form of kryptonite for a Christian otherwise, God would not have to tell us, “Do not fear.” over 300 times in the Bible.
Moses is dead. God goes to Joshua and tells him that he will take the Israelites across the Jordan and into the promised land.
There are probably a million things running through Joshua’s mind.
I don’t think that it clicks for Joshua that for the last 40 years, God has been preparing him for this moment. Numbers tells us that Joshua was a youth when he started to serve Moses. He has been with Moses since Moses led the Israelites out of Egypt. God told Moses that no one over the age of 20 would be allowed into the promised land except Joshua and Caleb because they believed God. Joshua fought the Amalekites under Moses’ leadership. Joshua accompanied Moses halfway up Mount Sinai. Joshua also assisted Moses in the tent of meeting when the Lord spoke to Moses “face to face.” When Moses was close to death, he told the Lord that the people would need a new leader. The Lord chose Joshua.
vs 5 This is the same thing that Jesus tells us in Matthew 28. As Jesus calls us to go into all the world, make disciples and baptize them, He says, “I will be with you always.”
Words of love, peace, comfort, and joy. “I will be with you always.”
When you know that God is for you and not against you, how can you possibly fail in accomplishing what He has for you?
vs 6 God tells Joshua to be strong and courageous. He tells Joshua that Joshua shall cause the people to inherit the land. Joshua is the cause. Let that sink in for a moment. Whether or not the multitude of Israelites enters the promised land, hinges on Joshua.
Men, your marriages rise and fall on you. The relationship that you have with your kids is your responsibility. Where you are right now in your life is your responsibility. Whether or not you are progressing, stalling or reversing in your spiritual journey is your responsibility.
vs 7-8 The prescription for being immune to kryptonite. Obedience to the Word of God. You do not read the Bible to check it off of your list. You stay in the Bible for growing into the person that God created you to be and to grow closer to Him.
God calls every Christian to a life of passionate living that comes out of a devoted and full obedience to Him.
1 Corinthians 16:13 says, “Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong.”
You can’t stand firm on a shaky foundation.
You can’t walk by faith and fear at the same time.
You can’t walk by faith apart from obedience to Scripture.
You can live apart from obedience to Scripture but then you have no right to question God when your marriage, career, relationships, finances, or anything in your life gets jacked up. Walking by faith is believing and trusting God with everything in your life. Your. Whole. Life.
Faith trumps fear. Faith is immune to kryptonite.
Walking by faith does not mean that kryptonite will never show up. However, you can choose to walk in faith and not fear.
Psalm 56:3 says, “When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.”
When you are afraid, you put your trust in God and keep walking in faith. You don’t look back. You gave Him your fear. Don’t try to take it back.
vs 9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed.
God’s commands are not suggestions and they are not optional. God has commanded every Christian to love Him, love others, walk by faith, abide in Christ, to make disciples, and to be strong and courageous.
Whatever is keeping you from full obedience, walking by faith, standing firm – that is your kryptonite.
You no longer have to be afraid. You no longer have to fear. You no longer have to be paralyzed. You are commanded to – Be strong and courageous.
for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go