JOSHUA

PROMISES FOR VICTORY

By Rev. Dr. Jerry Schmoyer  jerry@schmoyer.net 

http://india.christiantrainingonline.org/

 

Main Idea: God gives us promises to bring us victory

Magic; Paper tear – promise broken, restored

Change bag, rope cut in 3, restored (promise)

 

INTRODUCTION

What is a promise?

Promise – A declaration assuring that one will or will not do something; a vow. Indication of something favorable to come; expectation. Indication of future excellence or success.

 

Do you keep your promises?

            Who comes to mind when you think of someone who keeps their promises?

            Who comes to mind when you think of someone who doesn’t?

            Which of these apply to God?

 

It is important to know a person keeps their promises

            If not we are helpless and on our own.

            PASTOR MOSES promised to pick me up at air port and did, or I’d still be there!

 

TRANSITION

GOD promised Joshua He’ pick him up and carry him into Promised Land

 

I. JOSHUA THE MAN

 

NEW LEADER  – Joshua – 80 years old

     MOSES HARD ACT TO FOLLOW!

            Ex thru Deut – #1 leader

            Ever follow very great, effecient leader?  Esp if you are more ordinary, quiet man

 

SLAVE in Egypt

            Joshua = Jehovah is Salvation

            Same as Jesus in Greek

 

SOLDIER perhaps in Egypt, where got to know Moses

 

SERVANT Moses’ assistant, helper, in training since in Egypt

            1 or 12 spies into land – only he & Caleb faithful

            Tried to kill them and Moses

            Had been wandering last 40 wasted years!

 

TRANSITION

Had to replace MOSES< great leader

            Also lead into PROMISED LAND despite giants, etc.

Couldn’t do it on own so needed God’s help

 

II. JOSHUA’S COMMISSION

 

JOSHUA’S COMMISSION  Joshua 1:1-9

 

1:1 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.

Moses my servant is dead.  Moses dead, but God’s purposes alive

            God’s work doesn’t end when God’s servant dies

get ready to cross the Jordan River approaching from different direction than 12 spies

get ready to cross  first test, river in flood stage, trust God to do this

                        no boats, bridge, fording place, etc. 

                        first orders from God humanly impossible! 

                                    Learn faith obedience

into the land I am about to give to them —  God owns it all, can give to whomever

 

3 I will give you every place where you set your foot, as I promised Moses.

I will give you = lit in Heb “I HAVE given you” – completed action in the past

            “it’s money in the bank”

Promised in past to Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Moses,

 

Knowing, believing God’s promises KEY to victory in battle

                        can’t have victory on own, only in HIM

Eph 1:3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. (OUR similar promise – claim it

God has promised us all this land, God keeps His promises

 

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.

     REPEAT of promise in Gen 15:18-21

I will give you every place where you set your foot 

to possesses it must set foot on it

 

WARFARE to take what is theirs/ours!

            must believe God’s PROMISE and enter the ‘land’ He has for you in faith!

            If He promised it would happen it will – nothing in way!

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.

No one will be able to stand up against you all the days of your life.

Knew this in my head, but needed God’s word of

encouragement

Canaanites: giants, strongly fortified cities on mountains,

excellent soldiers

land ours for the taking – but taking means conflict, battle

            same with us spiritually, fighting world, flesh, demonic

Satan roaring lion – but teeth & claws pulled by Jesus on cross

As I was with Moses, so I will be with you;

Get into the land same way got out of Egypt – God’s power and work

 

THE TASK AHEAD OF YOU IS NEVER AS GREAT AS THE POWER BEHIND YOU!

I will never leave you nor forsake you. Heb lit “i will not drop, abandon you”.

MOSES given this promise so could carry out God’s work

The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.”  Deut 31:8

JOSHUA given same promise

ALL GOD’S PEOPLE GIVEN THIS PROMISE

Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” Heb 13:5

 

When God gives a command He also gives a promise:

Joshua:          command to enter the land

                        promise we would have victory and it be ours

All His people –         commanded to fight spiritual enemies

                                    promised never be alone

For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus.  Romans 8:38-39

More commands & promises from God:

 

6       “Be strong and courageous, because you will lead these people to inherit the land I swore to their forefathers to give them.

because you will lead these people to inherit the land  PROMISE

                        basis for courage, strength

the land I swore to their forefathers to give them  to Abraham, Isaac, PROMISED

TODAY not living on, enjoying all of it because not right with God!

PROMISES true, but not believing them, following God to victory

 

            YOU = past promises in Bible still good

                        reason to be courageous now is that God keeps past promises

 

Be strong and courageous  COMMAND

Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and staff, they  comfort me. Ps. 23:4

So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God.  I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.  Isa. 41:10

Be strong and courageous.  Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.  Deuteronomy 31:6

 

7       Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go.

Be strong and very courageous.  COMMAND repeated again

Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; COMMAND to obey

Do not turn from it to the right or to the left,  100% total obedience in all things

that you may be successful wherever you go.  Success only in obedience to God

            NOT measured in $, position, popularity, things

            ONLY measured by God, He looks at our obedience

                 OBEY God promises kick in, God brings victory

 

8       Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.

     TO BE “SUCCESSFUL” ie TO HAVE VICTORY IN THE BATTLES OF LIFE:

1. Do not let this Book of the Law; depart from your mouth  TALK about it constantly

                 pass info & encouragement on to others

2. meditate on it day and night,  THINK about it

Make it the foremost thing in your thoughts

Yellow “Post-It” notes everywhere in mind, thoughts!

Ps 1:2  But his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night.

Ps 119:97  Oh, how I love your law! I meditate on it all day long.

so that you may  3. be careful to do everything written in it.  APPLY & OBEY IT

            go to church (grow up in church) – know Bible – but must OBEY, DO IT!

Then you will be prosperous and successful.  PROMISE:

THEN – if obey the COMMANDS, then PROMISES kick in

Army invading area: locals change signs, confuse landmarks, so army goes wrong way and doesn’t arrive at destination

SATAN confuses signs, etc., so think $, popularity, pleasure,            not so: only when done in obedience

KEY to success = do God’s will, obey Him, battle world/flesh/devil with His promises

            obey COMMANDS so PROMISES kick in!

9       Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.”

Have I not commanded you? Remind to obey God’s commands, only way to victory

Be strong and courageous.  THIRD time repeated

            WAS strong/courageous:   fighting A      

            willing to go into land when one of 12 spies

“Courage is knowing the worst — and discovering that, in God’s world, the very worst can’t really hurt you.”

Do not be terrified;  COMMAND – Joshua felt afraid as saw it humanly speaking

do not be discouraged, COMMAND – Joshua felt weak, inadequate, etc

FAITHFUL, CONSISTENT in obeying, fighting attacks

            PERSEVERANCE key to any victory

for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.

God DOESN’T remove obstacles they will face

            God DOESN’T minimize awfulness of those obstacles

            God DOES promise His presence facing obstacles

                                    same for us today

Faith is not the way around pain, it is the way through pain.

 

BATTLE BELONGS TO GOD

            We follow through eyes of faith – believing is seeing

            Take God at His word

 

Use the armor He gives us

            Esp sword of the Spirit

THE BATTLE BELONGS TO THE LORD

The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not be in want. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he restores my soul.  He guides me in paths of righteousness for his name sake. Ps. 23:1-3

For the Lord God is a sun and shield; the LORD bestows favor and honor; no good thing does he withhold from those whose walk is blameless. Ps. 84:11

And my God will meet  all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.  Phil. 4:19

I will never leave you or forsake you.  Hebrews 13:5

Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight. Prov. 3:5-6

I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you and watch over you.  Ps. 32:8

My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. 2 Cor. 12:9

He gives power to the tired and worn out, and strength to the weak. Isaiah 40:29

 

Trusting God’s promises gave us victory in our battles, too

LIFE A SERIES OF BATTLES

VICTORY COMES BY GOD’S WORD, PROMISES

            Commander provides the equipment, armor of God

our only way to victory

            Only offensive weapon: SWORD OF THE SPIRIT 

Eph 6:17

            How Jesus defeated Satan when tempted

 

TRANSITION

God brings victory, but we must fight

Message of the rest of the book of Joshua

PROMISED LAND NEAR,

BUT MUST BATTLE TO ATTAIN IT!

            Us as well

CONCLUSION

Man crawl over ice rive, wagon across, ice safe!

   By resting completely upon Him and taking His promises at face value, we can drive out the paralyzing fear that hinders our effectiveness in serving Christ.  The biblical antidote always works: “I will trust, and not be afraid.”

 


PRAYER PROMISES

 

PROMISES TO BELIEVE

 

Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone that asks receives, and he that seeks shall find, and to him that knocks it shall be opened.    If you, then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask Him?”  Matthew 7:7,11

 

And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it  John 14:13-14

 

Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know. Jeremiah 33:3

 

You will call upon me and come and pray to me and I will hear you.  Jeremiah 29:l2

 

He freely gives all things to us.  Romans 8:32

 

CONDITIONS TO MEET

 

If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.  Mt. 21:22

 

Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.  Mark 11:24

 

This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.  And if we know that he hears us – whatever we ask – we know that we have what we asked of him.  John 5:14:15

You don’t have because you don’t ask.  You ask, and don’t receive because you ask for the wrong purpose, that you may consume it upon your selfish desires.    James 4:2-3

 

And whatever we ask, we receive from Him, because we keep His commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in His sight.  I John 3:22

 

This is the confidence that we  have in Him, that, if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us; and if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of Him.  I John 5:14-15

 

“If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, you shall ask what you will and it shall be done for you.”  John 15:7

 

ALL OUR NEEDS MET

 

For the Lord God is a sun and shield; the LORD bestows favor and honor; no good thing does he withhold from those whose walk is blameless. Ps. 84:11

 

The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not be in want. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he restores my soul.  He guides me in paths of righteousness for his name sake. Ps. 23:1-3

 

But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.  Mt. 6:33

 

And my God will meet  all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.  Phil. 4:19

 

I will never leave you or forsake you.  Hebrews 13:5

ANSWERED PRAYER

 

Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.  Mt. 7:7

 

If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.  Mt. 21:22

 

And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father.  John 14:13

 

You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it John 14:14

 

Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know. Jeremiah 33:3

 

This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.  And if we know that he hears us – whatever we ask – we know that we have what we asked of him.  John 5:14:15

 

Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.  Mark 11:24

 

You will call upon me and come and pray to me and I will hear you.  Jeremiah 29:l2

BLESSING THROUGH TRIALS

 

Those who sow in tears will reap with songs of joy.  Ps. 126:5

 

As a mother comforts her child, so will I comfort you; and you will be comforted over Jerusalem.  Isa. 66:13

 

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.  Romans 8:28

 

You know the testing of your faith develops perseverance.  James 1:3

 

He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield.  Ps. 91:4

 

“Because he loves me,” says the LORD, “I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.  He will call upon me and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble I will deliver him & honor him.  With long life will I satisfy him & show him my salvation.  Psalm 91:14-16

FAITHFUL WITNESS

 

Whoever acknowledges me before men, I will also acknowledge him before my  Father in heaven.  Mt. 10:32

 

I promised that your house and your father’s house would minister before me forever.  But now the LORD declares: Far be it from me!  Those who honor me I will honor, but those who despise  me will be disdained.  I Samuel 2:30

FEAR

 

The Lord is with me; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me? Ps. 118:6

 

Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and staff, they  comfort me. Ps. 23:4

 

Do not be afraid, Abram.  I am your shield, your very great reward.” Gen 15:1

 

“Do not be afraid.   Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the LORD will bring you today.  The Egyptians you see today you will never see again.  Ex. 14:13

 

Be strong and courageous.  Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.  Joshua 1:9

 

So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God.  I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.  Isa. 41:10

 

Be strong and courageous.  Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.  Deuteronomy 31:6

 

But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid. Mt. 14:27

FORGIVENESS OF SIN

 

For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.  Mt. 6:14

 

Therefore, there  is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.  Romans 8:1

 

If you repent, I will restore you that you may serve me.  Jeremiah 15:19

 

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

GUIDANCE

 

For this God is our God forever and ever; He will be our guide even to the end. Ps. 48:14

 

The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not be in want. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he restores my soul.  He guides me in paths of righteousness for his name sake. Ps. 23:1-3

 

Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight. Prov. 3:5-6

 

I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you and watch over you.  Ps. 32:8

 

I will lead the blind by ways they have not known, along unfamiliar paths I will guide them; I will turn the darkness into light before them and make the rough places smooth.  These are the things I will do; I will not forsake them.  Isa. 42:l6

NEVER ALONE

 

“I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go, and I will bring you back to this land.  I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.”  Gen. 28:15

 

For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future nor any powers, neither height

nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus.  Romans 8:38-39

 

My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.  Exodus 33:14

PEACE 

And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding,  will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.  Phil. 4:7

 

REST

 

Come to me, all you who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.  Mt. 11:28

 

My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.  Exodus 33:14

REWARD FOR PATIENCE, FAITHFULNESS

 

But those who hope (wait upon) the LORD will renew their strength.  They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.  Isa. 40:31

 

I waited patiently for the LORD; he turned to me and heard my cry.  He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand. He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God.  Ps. 40:1-3

SECURITY IN CHRIST

 

I am the gate: whoever enters through me will be saved.  He will come in and go out, and find pasture.  John 10:9

STRENGTH FOR WHATEVER COMES

 

I can do everything through him who gives me strength.  Phil. 4:13

 

My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. 2 Cor. 12:9

 

Your strength will equal your days.  Deut. 33:25

 

He gives power to the tired and worn out, and strength to the weak. Isaiah 40:29

VICTORY OVER TEMPTATION

 

No temptation has seized you except what is common to man.  And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear.  But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it. 1 Cor. 10:13

 

 

 

C t O Rev. Dr. JERRY SCHMOYER
Christian Training Organization
jerry@ChristianTrainingOrganization.org
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