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Leviticus 25:18-22 (3/4/21)

Make God Your Work Partner

March 4, 2021 • Benham Brothers

* God wants to be your partner at work. * But you have to do things His way. * Backstory - God had given Israel some laws to obey in order to teach them how to trust Him. * Honoring the Sabbath was one of those laws. * They also had to take a a Sabbath year every 7th year - no working the land at all. * On top of that, they were required to take the 50th year off as well, which would be a double-Sabbath year rest (49th & 50th years in a row). Year of Jubilee. * We have no record of Israel ever honoring the 7th year or 50th year Sabbaths (this is one of the reasons the Babylonian captivity was necessary). * The principle is still powerful - honor God and He’ll honor you. * Vs 18-22 - God wants to bless your work!!! * The Israelites were farmers - that would be like telling a stock broker to pull out of the market and no longer trade, but then God says, “I’ll fill your portfolio with so many good stocks you can’t count the money!” * EX: Franchise story - don’t market! * God will provide, but only as you fully trust Him with the results.

Joshua 8:9-35 (4/15/21)

Good Leader • April 15, 2021 • Benham Brothers

* Good leadership is good followship. * You know a good leader by the one he is following. * Joshua was a good leader because he was a faithful follower - of God and Moses. * Backstory - the Israelites had just repented of their sin (Achan) and made it right. * Now it was time to fight again (use their mistake for their benefit). * This was the first battle that involved typical military strategy. * So how did Joshua lead them? Notice six things: * 1) He was with the people (vs 9) - Just like Jesus, he didn’t elevate himself above them (Judas w/the kiss). * God makes clear in Scripture that He is “with” us (the best thing you can say to someone). * 2) He was in the valley (vs 13) - if things were bad with the people then he’d be right there with him. * Psalms 23:4 - “Though I walk thru the valley of death I will fear no evil, for you are with me.” * 3) He listened for God (vs 18a) - he paid attention to God’s voice. * 4) He obeyed God (vs 18b & vs 29) - when he heard God’s command, he obeyed without question. * 5) He built an altar (vs 30) - he had an attitude of reverence to God, a heart of worship. * 6) He elevated Scripture (vs 34) - he elevated God’s Word above all and made sure everyone heard it. Specifically the blessings and curses of Deuteronomy 28 (George Washington).

Joshua 18:1-10 (4/15/21)

Four Steps to Taking Your Promised Land • April 15, 2021 • Benham Brothers

* God has a “promised land” for each of us in the different areas of our lives - physical, spiritual, emotional, relational, financial, etc. * The only way to get there is to make a decision to do it. * Success is forged by DECISIONS. * Decisions are fueled by DISCIPLINE. * Backstory - God had a Promised Land for His people - it was a place of peace, prosperity, and purpose. * Israel had defeated 31 kings, now they had to go take the land. * There were remnants remaining who had to be driven out - it would be hard. * Vs 1-3 - They had the power (the ability to do something) and the authority (the right to use power) to take the land - but they just had to “do it!” * EX: Grossly overweight - you have the power and authority, now make decision, wrap discipline around it, and DO IT! * Your first decision - make a PLAN! * Vs 4, 8-10 - It was their responsibility to make the plan, but God’s to lead them. * Proverbs 16:9 - “In his heart a man plans his course, but God determines his steps.” * You can’t steer a stationary car - it’s got to start moving. * What do you want to accomplish? * Make a plan and start moving. Here’s the flow: * 1) Figure out what you want (Psalms 37:4 - “Delight yourself in the Lord…”) - follow your desire. * 2) Make a plan to get what you want. * Begin with the end in mind * Work backward * Break it down into small steps * 3) Die to that plan - let God handle the results. * 4) Start moving forward - execute while listening intently for God’s voice. * When you operate like this, you’ll inherit your Promised Land, just as the Israelites did.

Joshua 5-10 (4/8/21)

Principles for Entering a New Season • April 8, 2021 • Benham Brothers

Joshua 5-10 - Principles For Entering a New Season * God’s way of leading is through seasons. * Noun: A period of time associated with an activity. * In agriculture, the activity is “growth.” * In sports, the activity is football, basketball, etc. * Verb: * To give more flavor to food (make things taste good). * To treat so as to prepare it for use (make wood suitable for use as timber by adjusting its moisture content to that of the environment in which it will be used). * To make fit by experience (a seasoned veteran). * It was time for the Israelites to enter a new season where they would experience blessing like never before. * But they would have to fight in order to get it. * These fights taught them a lot, and “seasoned” them to handle the new opportunities that would be available in their new land. * We’re going to look at the first four battles and the principles they learned. * Before any fight, the first principle was: * Principle of the Past - Don’t rely on what worked in the past - allow God to change things for the present (no more manna). * Principle of Provision - Provision is made possible through work (not called to live in the miraculous). * Battle #1 - Jericho (Joshua 5-6) * Principle of Purity - Circumcise first - get rid of the junk in your life. * Principle of the Plan - Follow God’s plan (no matter how crazy). * Principle of the Priest - Let your “priest” take the lead. * Principle of Power - Worship precedes warfare. * Principle of Protection - If you do what’s right, God will protect (Rahab). * Principle of Piety - Giving God your first and best shows your devotion to Him. * Battle #2 - Ai (Joshua 7-8) * they only sent 3k men and 36 died * * Principle of Decision - Before you act, ASK! * Principle of Discernment - Your lack of discernment is pointing to something you need to get right. * Principle of Defeat - Sin renders you powerless in life (root it out). * Principle of Direction - Upon repentance, God will turn things around for your benefit (He’ll use your past failures for present victories - ambush). * Principle of Delayed Gratification - Good things come to those who wait (Achan). * Battle #3 - Gibeon (Joshua 9) * Gibeonites tricked Joshua * * * He failed the Principle of Decision “again.” He didn’t ask God. * Principle of Peace - You can’t make friends with those who are enemies of God. * Principle of Partiality - God’s justice doesn’t play favorites (Lev 19:15). * Principle of People - People will always complain, but good leaders want grumbling today rather than later. * Principle of the Pivot - Make your mistakes work for you (slaves) * Battle #4 - Five Kings (Joshua 10) * Principle of Fight - Enemies unite when you’re on God’s side (When you fight God’s battles, He joins forces with you). * Principle of Faithfulness - The miraculous follows faithfulness (hailstones & sun stood still). * Principle of Fatigue - When you’re tired, watch what God does (hailstones). * Principle of Fortification - The things that kill others won’t touch you (hailstones only hit the enemy). * Principle of Faith - Prayer of faith lines up w/God’s will (sun stood still). * Principle of Authority (Joshua 11:15) Joshua did everything Moses commanded, who did everything God commanded (he stayed under authority and therefore maintained power) * Result - They defeated 31 kings! (Joshua 12 - mentions Sihon and Og first!)