Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message #142
TEXT: Joshua 1:1-9
In this series of messages, we are looking at the 7 keys to living the God-blessed life. And, the God-blessed life -- Christian success -- is not measured by the same standards as the world's success. Even if the world accounts us "as sheep for the slaughter," we are actually "more than conquerors through Him who loved us." The God-blessed life is a life that is full of contentment, joy, fulfillment, peace, and productivity. It is the kind of life where you know you are in the center of God's will. The seven keys to getting to this position are:
1. Trust God.
2. Love God.
3. Fear God.
4. Meditate on the Word of God.
5. Obey God.
6. Pray to God.
7. Be Faithful to God.
So far, we have looked at the topics of trusting God from the life of Abraham, loving God from the life of the apostle John, and fearing God from the life of Job. Today, we are going to look at the topic of meditating on the Word of God from the life of Joshua.
As we look at our passage today, we find that Joshua is at a point of major transition in his life. Moses, the leader of Israel, is dead, and Joshua has been called up to lead the children of Israel into the Promised Land. Joshua has gone from being a follower to being the leader. His months and years of training and being in the background are now paying off. He was faithful in the small things, and now God is elevating him to a bigger role.
As he begins this new role, the Bible tells us that the Lord comes and speaks to him. God affirms him as the new leader, encourages him, and gives him instructions as to what to do next. He also promises Joshua that he will have great success in his role as a leader -- based on one condition.
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