E) Proclaim the Word of God—The story goes that a certain husband enjoyed hearing a preacher from a different church more than his own. During one particular service, he heard his favorite preacher tell about man in another church across town that had such a hunger for God’s Word that, while sitting with his wife in their home church, he would listen to the broadcast through the earphone of a pocket radio. Forgetting where he was, the husband suddenly jumped to his feet and said, "Hey, he’s talking about me."

When I hear the principles of the Word of God being shared, I have to exclaim, "Hey, He’s talking about me." When I hear Timothy say that "I do not have the spirit of fear, but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind," I just have to say, "Hey, he’s talking about me." When I hear Peter say, "By His stripes I am healed," I have to say, "Hey, he’s talking about me."

When Jesus says, "Come unto Me, you who are weary and are burdened and I will give you rest," I have to say, "Hey, He’s talking about me." When I read in 1 John 4, where John is saying "that greater is He that is in me than he that is in the world,"

I just have to say, "Hey, John is talking to me." When I read a little further, in Philippians 4, where Paul says that "the Lord is going to provide all of my needs according to His riches in glory," I have to say, "Hey, he’s talking about me." When Jesus says, "Every man that hungers and thirsts after righteousness will be filled," I have to say, "Hey, He’s talking about me."

What I want you tell you is that the Word of God is for you. Jesus Christ proclaimed it. The Apostles preached it. Let’s receive it and enjoy the victorious Christian life that God has planned for each of us.

FIFTH, THERE IS A PERSON T O PREPARE

A) Learn to be Basic—Verse six says, "Be strong and courageous." Then the writer goes on to say, "For you shall give this people possession of the land which I swore to their fathers to give them." Learn to simply trust and believe what God says. So often we get wrapped up in so many different theological ramifications that we lose the point of what God is saying.

Learn to be basic. Learn to be simplistic. Learn to take God at His Word and say, "He has said it and that settles it. I am going to be victorious." Learn not only to be basic, but learn to be balanced.

B) Learn to be Balanced—The Bible says in verse seven, "Only 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." We need to be balanced believers. We need to be balanced in serving Jesus, and accepting God’s Word for every area of our life. We should also be a bold believer.

C) Learn to be Bold—Look at verse nine: "Have 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." God hasn’t called us to live in fear, but in faith. He has not called us to be defeated, but to be victorious. We need to learn to be basic, to be balanced, and to be bold. In order to take our Canaan, we must live victoriously. There is nothing to fear, for victory is ours.

CONCLUSION

On January 6, 1852, a child named Heinrick Schulmanz was born to a pastor and his wife. These parents never thought particularly that their son would grow up to be someone special. At the age of seven, however, the boy saw pictures in a book of the burning city of Troy that would change his life.

At that young age he determined that one day he would find that city.

As he grew, he began looking for the city he had seen in the pictures. Although many people ridiculed his efforts, in 1873, he discovered the city of Troy and became very famous and wealthy. Why? Because, he learned how to see the unseen. He refused to be discouraged by what others thought or said. His sights were set to find the unknown.

We too must set our sites on the unseen. In spite of what others may say or do to thwart our efforts, we must determine that will live victoriously and possess Canaan as God has promised to all who will know and follow Him as believers!

-Dr. James Davis
GPN President & Co-Founder
www.globalpastorsnetwork.org

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