Possessing the Land

POSSESSING THE LAND

(Pastor Lee Jackson – FFWC)

  1. INTRODUCTIONIN GENESIS CHAPT 15 GOD TOLD ABRAHAM THAT HIS DESCENDANTS WOULD GO DOWN INTO EGYPT AND SERVE THE EGYPTIANS FOR 400 YEARS BUT AFTER THAT HE WOULD DELIVER THEM AND THAT THEY WOULD RETURN TO THE LAND THAT GOD HAD GIVEN HIM. WE KNOW THE STORY HOW GOD RAISED UP MOSES TO BRING THE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL BACK TO THE LAND THAT GOD HAD GIVEN ABRAHAM.  BUT THIS 1ST GENERATION THAT LEFT EGYPT FAILED TO BELIEVE GOD AND WANDERED IN THE WILDERNESS FOR 40 YEARS.  ONLY JOSHUA AND CALEB REMAINED OF THE GENERATION THAT HAD LEFT EGYPT.  MOSES HAD SPOKEN TO THE 2ND GENERATION IN THE BOOK OF DEUTERONOMY OF ALL THAT GOD HAD SAID AND DONE FOR THEIR FATHERS TO PREPARE THEM FOR THIS TIME. NOW IT WAS THEIR TURN TO POSSESS THE LAND.  GOD CHOSE JOSHUA TO STAND BEFORE THE PEOPLE (NUM 27:16 – 21) AND TO LEAD ISRAEL INTO THE PROMISED LAND.  HE HAD PROVEN HIMSELF, HE HAD SERVED MOSES FAITHFULLY AS ISRAEL’S COMMANDING GENERAL, NEVER USERPING AUTHORITY OR DRAWING ATTENTION TO HIMSELF.  THE NAME JOSHUA MEANS “JEHOVAH SAVES” OR “GOD SAVES”.  THE GREEK WORD FOR JOSHUA IS YESHUA, WHICH WE INTERPRET “JESUS”.  JOSHUA IS AN OLD TESTAMENT TYPE OF JESUS.  THERE IS NOTHING NEGATIVE WRITTEN ABOUT HIM IN SCRIPTURE.    THE PROMISED LAND, THE LAND OF CANNAN, WAS A LAND WHOSE PHYSICAL BOUNDARIES GOD HAD ESTABLISHED WAS A SPIRITUAL HERITAGE TO ISRAEL, THE SONS OF JACOB, THE HAD BEGUN WITH GOD’S COVENANT WITH ABRAHAM, GOD’S FRIEND.  (TEXT JOSHUA 1:1 -11) 

2.  GOD HAS A CONTINUING PLAN FOR EACH GENERATION (VS 1-4)

a)  MOSES GOD’S SERVANT IS NOW DEAD

i)   MOSES HAD BEEN A GREAT LEADER MIGHTILY USED BY GOD

ii) MOSES WAS NOT ALLOWED TO POSSESS THE LAND (NUM 20)

iii)  MOSES WAS BURIED IN THE LAND OF MOAB EAST OF JORDAN

iv)  JOSHUA WAS GOD’S APPOINTED SUCCESSOR TO MOSES (NUM 27)

v) SOMEONE HAS SAID THAT “MOSES DEATH WAS A COMMA NOT A PERIOD IN GOD’S ONGOING PLAN AND PURPOSE”.

vi)JOSHUA & CALEB HAD SPIED OUT THE LAND AND HAD BROUGHT BACK A GOOD REPORT (NUM 14) GOD HONORED THEIR FAITH

vii) GOD HAD ANOINTED JOSHUA TO BE MOSES SUCCESSOR

viii)  GOD’S PLAN AND PURPOSE TRANSCEND INDIVIDUALS;

ix)  WE ARE EXPENDABLE IN THE KINGDOM OF GOD; JESUS SAID: IF WE TRY TO SAVE OUR LIFE WE WILL LOSE IT; IF WE LOSE OUR LIFE FOR HIS SAKE WE WILL FIND IT..

b)   GOD TOLD JOSHUA AND ISRAEL TO ARISE AND CROSS OVER THIS JORDAN

i)   SPEAKING TO THE NEXT GENERATION

ii)  IT WAS THEIR OPPORTUNITY; THEIR DESTINY; THEIR TURN

iii) NOW IT IS OUR DESTINY OUR TURN TO FIGHT FOR OUR INHERITANCE

c)  GOD REMEMBERED PROMISES TO ABRAHAM, ISSAC & JACOB 

i)  HE LOOKED OVER HIS WORD TO PERFORM IT CONCERNING ISRAEL (DEUT 9:5)

ii) EVERY PLACE THE SOLE OF YOUR FEET TREAD UPON HAS (ALREADY) BEEN  GIVEN YOU; THE SAME PROMISE THAT GOD HAD MADE TO ABRAHAM

iii) JOSHUA HAD ALREADY BEEN GIVEN THE LAND BUT HE HAD TO WALK IT OUT, JUST AS ABRAHAM DID

iv)  WALKING IT OUT IS AN ACT OF FAITH & OBEDIENCE TO WHAT GOD HAS SPOKEN

3.   HIS PLAN IS FOR US TO POSSESS THE LAND TO TAKE BACK WHAT THE ENEMY HAS STOLEN FROM US (VS 5-9)

a)   NO ONE WOULD BE ABLE TO STAND AGAINST HIM; AS HE WAS WITH MOSES HE WOULD BE WITH JOSHUA; GOD PROMISED THAT HE WOULD NOT FAIL HIM NOR FORSAKE HIM.

b) GOD TOLD JOSHUA HE HAD TO BE STRONG AND VERY COURAGEOUS (3X)

i) GOD TOLD JOSHUA TO WALK IN OBEDIENCE TO HIS WORD GIVEN TO MOSES

ii) DON’T TURN TO THE RIGHT OR THE LEFT – DON’T DEVIATE FROM HIS PLAN OR HIS INSTRUCTIONS – THAT YOU MAY PROSPER

iii)                THIS BOOK OF THE LAW SHOULD DEPART OUT OF YOUR MOUTH – MEDIATE ON IT AND DAY AND NIGHT TO DO ALL THAT IS WRITTEN IN IT THEN THE LORD WILL BE WITH YOU AND PROSPER YOU

iv)                 THE BIBLE SAYS THAT WHATEVER IS NOT OF FAITH IS SIN; WE MUST BELIEVE THAT GOD IS AND HE REWARDS THEM THAT DILIGENTLY SEEK HIM.

4.  LIKE JOSHUA, WE DON’T GO ALONE HE PROMISES US TO GO WITH US AS WE GO (VS 9B)

a)   NO MAN WILL BE ABLE TO STAND BEFORE US

b)   HE WOULD BE WITH THEM AS HE WAS WITH MOSES; GOD IS NO RESPECTER OF PERSONS.

c)   HE WOULD NOT LEAVE THEM OR FORSAKE THEM – JESUS (OF WHOM JOSHUA IS A TYPE) HAS GIVEN US THAT SAME PROMISE

5.  WE MUST ACT UPON HIS WORD & MAKE SPECIFIC PREPARATION (VS 10 – 11)

a)  JOSHUA WAS TOLD TO Pass through the host, and command the people, TO , Prepare … for within three days THEY WOULD BE crossing over this Jordan, to go in to possess the land which Jehovah your God is giving you to possess it. (JOS 1:11)

b)  THIS RECALLS WHAT MOSES HAD TOLD THEM IN Deu 11:31  For you shall pass over Jordan to go in to possess the land which Jehovah your God gives you, and you shall possess it and dwell in it.

6.   CONCLUSION – MANY BELIEVE ISRAEL CROSSING THE RED SEA IS A TYPE OF OUR SALVATION, DELIVERANCE FROM EGYPT (OUR SINFUL PAST), I ALSO BELIEVE THAT ISRAEL’S CROSSING THE JORDEN RIVER IS A TYPE OF SPIRITUAL WARFARE AND STRUGGLE THAT COMES WITH OUR IDENTIFICATION WITH GOD’S KINGDOM AND THE BATTLES THAT WE FACE AS WE CONFRONT THE ENEMY AND TO TAKE BACK WHAT THE ENEMY HAS STOLEN FROM US. WE LIKE JOSHUA ARE ENGAGED IN SPIRITUAL WARFARE, ISRAEL DID NOT CONQUEROR THIS LAND IN THEIR OWN MIGHT. GOD WENT BEFORE THEM AND DEFEATED THEIR ENEMIES AS LONG AS THEY WERE OBEDIENT. JESUS OUR CHAMPION DOES THIS FOR US:  For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil. (1JOHN 3:8B) WE ARE ENGAGED IN THIS ONGOING WARFARE BETWEEN THE FORCES OF GOD AND THE FORCES OF EVIL, AND WE KNOW THAT “THE WEAPONS OF OUR WARFARE ARE NOT CARNAL BUT ARE MIGHTY THROUGH GOD TO THE PULLING DOWN OF STRONGHOLDS.” (1COR 10:4).  WE ARE ENGAGED IN KINGDOM WORK.     I DON’T KNOW ABOUT YOU BUT I AM TIRED OF WHAT THE ENEMY IS DOING TO OUR FAMILIES, OUR SOCIETY AND OUR NATION.  IT IS TIME TO REPOSSESS THE LAND.   LET’S NOT BE THOSE THAT DRAW BACK, BUT BE STRONG AND VERY COURAGEOUS AS WAS JOSHUA.  JOSHUA TOLD ISRAEL JOSHUA  24:15  And if it seems evil to you to serve Jehovah, choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served Beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you live. But as for MY HOUSE AND MY HOUSE we will serve Jehovah.  LET’S CROSS OUR JORDAN AND POSSESS THE LAND AND RECLAIM OUR FAMILIES AND OUR COMMUNITIES FOR GOD!  IT BEGINS IN US 2CHR 7:14 “IF MY PEOPLE WHO ARE CALLED BY MY NAME SHALL HUMBLE THEMSELVES AND PRAY AND SEEK MY FACE AND TURN FROM THEIR WICKED WAYS,THEN I WILL HEAR FROM HEAVEN, FORGIVE THEIR SINS AND HEAL THEIR LAND.”

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