• Josh 1:2 & 10-11 - God promised Joshua they would cross the Jordan, but He didn't give him a plan on how to do it. • In faith, Joshua began to move. • He was focused on the PERSON of God being faithful to deliver on His PROMISE, even though He didn't have a PLAN. • They got to the Jordan and camped - they didn't cross. Why? • Because he did not yet know God's plan. • Joshua told the priests to lead the way. Why? • Because he knew how God had led them in the past under Moses. • On the third day they started moving, and then God gave the plan! • Lesson (actively waiting): • 1) We need to move forward in faith when God speaks. • 2) We need to go at His pace. • 3) We need to let God lead us. • 4) We need to be ready for His plan in His time.
Joshua 3:1-8 (4/7/16)
A Promise and a Plan
April 7, 2016 • Benham Brothers
Joshua 1 (4/16/14)
Move Toward Obedience • April 16, 2014 • Benham Brothers
God commanded Joshua to cross the Jordan but He didn't tell him how. Joshua didn't wait for a plan - he moved toward obedience before he knew how. Joshua's focus was on the God of plans and not the plan of God. Luke 17:14-15 - Ten lepers were cleansed in their "going." Joshua 3:4 - He didn't know the plan, but he did know that God must go first! God gave him the plan only after he moved toward obedience. The Jordan River was at flood stage right now - the odds were stacked against them crossing it. Joshua could have gone first and got his men to start building rafts to get the people across. When the soles of the priests feet touched the Jordan the waters stopped several miles away in a town called Adam.
Joshua 1:7-9 (3/31/16)
Marching Orders • March 31, 2016 • Benham Brothers
• Moses was dead - Joshua took over. • The Israelites were about to enter the Promised Land. • God encouraged Joshua and the people with a very specific command: • Be Courageous, Hold to God's Word, Be Courageous. • He sandwiched His Word between the command to be courageous. • Like a PBJ in between two slices of bread. • God's Word apart from courage wasn't going to take the land, and being courageous apart from God's Word wouldn't do it either. • If we want to enter the land of promise for us it will take courage and God's Word. • God's Word apart from Courage makes a teacher. • God's Word with Courage makes a father (1 Corinthians 4:15)! • We need fathers today like Joshua. • Father’s speak it, think it, do it.