The Possession of Victory
- Wednesday, October 08, 2003
THIRD, THERE IS A PRINCIPLE TO PERCEIVE
A) Conquering Power—Notice verse five: "No man will be able to stand before you all the days of your life." This represents God’s conquering power. There is power to do everything God has asked us to do. Behind every command of God is the omnipotent power of God to help us fulfill God’s Word. Every command is a promise. Every verse in the Bible is a promise to you and to me.
God said He would be with Joshua, and I suggest that He is saying that He will also be with us to possess our Canaan. Also notice the continuing presence.
B) Continuing Presence—"Just as I have been with Moses, I will be with you; I will not fail you or forsake you." God’s Word is not outdated. He said he would be with Joshua, and He will be with us also. We often say that God was with Moses, Abraham, Joshua, Daniel, the three Hebrews in the furnace, with Peter, James and John, and Paul—but not with us. God is no respecter of persons. What He did for them, He will do for us. His principles have not changed. He is still in the midst of His people giving victory for every area of life.
A circus strongman would always squeeze a lemon dry and then offer $100 to anyone in the audience who could squeeze more juice from the lemon. One day a man stepped forth and met the challenge. He began to twist the lemon until he got four or five more drops from the already drained lemon. Asked how he could do that, the name explained that he was the treasurer at the local church.
Catch this. Some two thousand years after speaking to Joshua, the writer of Hebrews 13:5 quoted Joshua 1: "I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee." If you and I are to expand the end of that verse, and squeeze all the juice out of it that we can, then this verse will say to us, "For He, God Himself, will not in any way fail you or leave you without support. He will not, will not, will not leave you helpless, or forsake you, or let you down, or relax his hold on you—assuredly not."
A seminarian once shared with his grandmother that the Greek intensive form of this verse in Hebrews was supposed to be repeated three times to say, "I will not. I will not. I will not." In his excitement, he said, "Look, grandma, at this promise.
God is saying, ‘I will not, I will not, I will not leave thee nor forsake thee.’" With a smile on her face she said, "Well, for you seminarians, God may need to say it three times; but for me, once is enough."
God did not say partial victory—but victory in every area of our Christian life. The Bible tells us that there is a principle to perceive. Just as God was with Moses, He was with Joshua. And, He will be with you and me.
FOURTH, THERE IS A PLAN TO PERFORM
A) Proclaim the Word of God—Now we read in verse eight: "This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth."
We need to proclaim the Word of God, for there is power in speaking the Word of God. Jesus used the Word against Satan and so should we. We need to know it in order to live the victorious life. Not only do we need to proclaim the Word of God, but we need to ponder it as well.
B) Ponder the Word of God—"You shall meditate on it day and night." The Hebrew word for "meditate" is where we get the English word "hum" today. We need to get a song in our heart as it relates to the Word of God. Have you ever had a tune on your mind that stayed there for the longest time? Before long we begin to hum it. That’s the way it is with the Word of God. We need to let it become like a song. You need to hum it, to ponder it, for in it is the victory we need in our life. Not only do we need to proclaim it, not only do we need to ponder it, but we need to practice the Word of God.
C) Practice the Word of God—"So that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it." Proclaiming and pondering the Word of God will cause us to practice the Word of God. We can tell who believes the Word of God, and who doesn’t, by what they do. The person who practices the Word of God is the person who believes the Word of God. But, the person who doesn’t live according to the Word, does not really believe it either. Jesus said in John 14:21, "He that hath My commandments and keepeth them, He it is that loveth Me. He that loveth Me shall be loved of My Father and I will love him and I will manifest Myself to him." Not only do we need to know the commandments, but we must obey them in order to experience His presence and power in our life. Not only do we need to practice the Word, but I believe we can prosper in the Word.
D) Prosper in the Word of God—The Bible says at the end of verse eight, "For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have success." Do you want to be a successful Christian? Do you want to be a successful believer? Do you want to be prosperous in this world? Then you must practice, you must ponder, you must proclaim the Word of God. If you do that you shall be successful, you shall live victoriously in every area of your life.
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