The Promise Remains

The Promise Remains 

Joshua 1:1-3, 5-9

1. After the death of Moses the LORD’s servant, the LORD spoke to Joshua son of Nun, Moses’ assistant. He said, 

2. “Moses my servant is dead. Therefore, the time has come for you to lead these people, the Israelites, across the Jordan River into the land I am giving them. 

3. I promise you what I promised Moses: ‘Wherever you set foot, you will be on land I have given you— 

5. No one will be able to stand against you as long as you live. For I will be with you as I was with Moses. I will not fail you or abandon you. 

6. “Be strong and courageous, for you are the one who will lead these people to possess all the land I swore to their ancestors I would give them. 

7. Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the instructions Moses gave you. Do not deviate from them, turning either to the right or to the left. Then you will be successful in everything you do. 

8. Study this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do. 

9. This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.” 

 

  1. The Servant (and the serving) is the key, NOT the Death
    1. 2. “Moses my servant is dead." 
      1. We have been left a Legacy of Serving 
  2. This charge to Joshua is also a charge to the people 
    1. 2. “Therefore, the time has come for you to lead these people, the Israelites, across the Jordan River into the land I am giving them. 
    2. Grandpa's prophetic word to Pappa Larry was not just for him, but for us!
  3. It's time to lead 
    1. 2. the time has come for you to lead these people
  4. The Promise Remains
    1. 3. I promise you what I promised Moses: ‘Wherever you set foot, you will be on land I have given you—
    2. 2 Corinthians 1:20 For all of God's promises have been fulfilled in Christ with a resounding "Yes!" And through Christ, our "Amen" (which means "Yes") ascends to God for his glory.
  5. He is with us, He will not fail or abandon us
    1. 5. No one will be able to stand against you as long as you live. For I will be with you as I was with Moses. I will not fail you or abandon you. 
    2. Matthew 28:20 Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age."
      1. As long as we fulfill the Great Commission, He is with us.  
  6. Be confident this is your time 
    1. 6. “Be strong and courageous, for you are the one who will lead these people to possess all the land I swore to their ancestors I would give them.
  7. Stay faithful, Be successful 
    1. 7. Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the instructions Moses gave you. Do not deviate from them, turning either to the right or to the left. Then you will be successful in everything you do. 
    2. Remember your training 
    3. Stay on the Course 
  8. Keep Learning 
    1. 8. Study this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do.
    2. Psalms 119:11 I have hidden your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you.
    3. Don't miss the mark 
      1. Sin - Missing the Target
  9. Stay Strong 
    1. 9. This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.”

 

Conclusion: In our grief we have a tendency to Push Pause