The Possession of Victory
- Wednesday, October 08, 2003
Part 1 of 10 in the Sign The Journey To Victory Sermon Series.
(Joshua 1:1-9, NASB)
“Now it came about after the death of Moses the servant of the Lord that the Lord spoke to Joshua the son of Nun, Moses’ servant, saying,2Moses my servant is dead; now therefore arise, cross this Jordan, you and all this people, to the land which I am giving to them, to the sons of Israel. 3Every place on which the sole of your foot treads, I have given it to you, just as I spoke to Moses. 4From the wilderness and this Lebanon, even as far as the great river Euphrates, all the land of the Hittites, and as far as the Great Sea toward the setting of the sun, will be your territory. 5No man will be able to stand before you all the days of your life. Just as I have been with Moses, I will be with you; I will not fail you or forsake you. 6Be strong and courageous, for you shall give this people possession of the land which I swore to their fathers to give them. 7Only be strong and very courageous; be careful to do all according to the law which Moses My servant commanded you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, so that you may have success wherever you go. 8This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it; for then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have success. 9Have not I commanded you? Be strong and courageous! Do not tremble or be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
This message is the first of a series of ten on the life of victory. It is my understanding that most Christians know they are called to a life of victory, but many do not yet experience that victory. It is not fascination, but fact, that God has called us to experience victory every day of our Christian life. It is my prayer that each message will speak to you on a personal and powerful basis, and that your life will be energized, stabilized and revitalized by the preaching of the Word of God. This first message is the key to understanding the remaining messages. It lays the foundation and basis for the life of victory in Canaan that God has prepared for each one.
The book of Joshua is more than mere history, more than a simple record of past results and rewards. It is a revelation of a present reality. Paul said in 1 Corinthians 10:11, "That all these things happened unto them for examples and they are for our admonition." Oftentimes the Old Testament is illustration while the New Testament is interpretation. If we are going to understand all of God’s Word, we must understand both the illustrations and the interpretations of the Bible.
God has given to every Christian the promised possession of victory, to be able to live the Spirit-filled, overcoming life. It is God’s plan. Now the Word of God talks about the possibility of failure, but it never assumes the necessity of failure. The book of Joshua was written to show us that victory is possible by practicing the principles specifically found in the Book of Joshua.
FIRST, THERE ARE POSSESSIONS TO POSSESS
A) The Conversion Experience—Verses one and two teach us that there are possessions to possess: "Now it came about after the death of Moses the servant of the Lord that the Lord spoke to Joshua the son of Nun, Moses’ servant, saying, Moses my servant is dead; now therefore arise, cross this Jordan, you and all this people, to the land which I am giving to them, to the sons of Israel." The Israelites were in the wilderness. They had come out of Egypt and were on their way to Canaan, the Promised Land, the place of victory for God’s people. God had said for them to cross over Jordan and possess the land, to take what He had already given them. Notice the implications this story has for you and me.
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