Help us to hear the book of the law, help us to hear your word, to soak it in, to understand it, to reflect on it, to apply it in our lives, to pray it, to hide it in our hearts, to speak about it in public and we trust that when we do, our way will be prosperous. We should pray God to prosper the endeavours of all in civil and military offices for promoting the public good. There is all the world's difference between those propositions. He learnt precious lessons from them. Regard prosperity, first, as the natural consequence of noting on good advice. This time he failed because he did not consult the Lord. God has now commissioned us with the task of bringing the Gospel of Jesus Christ to all the nations of the earth. Oh! 3. If piety, true patriotism, and zeal for the interests of religion are at present less conspicuous in many who hold civil or military offices than they have been in some former periods, there is the greater need to beseech Him, with whom is the residue of the Spirit, to pour out abundantly. So trust in any other means than those which God has provided, trust in anything but the blood of the Lamb, is a manifestation of folly and a sure cause of failure. Dearly beloved, if we do not take time to read God's Word daily, to meditate on it and memorise it, how can we grow spiritually? KEY WORDS: Possess (possessed, possession) - 27x in 21v in NAS - Josh 1:6 11 15 8:7 12:1 6 7 13:1 17:12 18:3 19:47 21:12 41 43 22:4 7 9 19 23:5 24:4 8. By that line — as with Rahab, so with the Church — the messengers that brought it to her and taught it to her had already escaped; it had borne their weight, proved its efficacy; and the Church knows it to be strong enough still. If we could, we would not on any account remove it. Joshua 1:8 KJV This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success. He that believes with the heart confesses with the mouth. Faith to enter God's promises. But if we choose the path of faithfulness to God and His Word, we may not become a church that has any ranking in the eyes of the world, but by God's grace we would be a victorious church in His eyes. We want a knowledge of the Bible, not merely as words and sentences but as influential principles. I would like to take this opportunity to appeal to our whole congregation not be slack in this matter. Watch our overview video on the book of Joshua, which breaks down the literary design of the book and its flow of thought. Unless otherwise indicated, all Scripture quotes are taken from the New King James Version.) SUCH ORGANI SATION WOULD PROMOTE A MOST HEALTHFUL SPIRITUAL DISCIPLINE, The organisation which God appoints is calculated to train men to habits of self-dominion. We have our Jericho in the world. Thou art this "scarlet line," dyed with the blood of propitiating mercy. Is not man the same in all his relations — is he not still a man, though dealing with God? may every ambassador of the gospel say. Joshua would have often to act in opposition to the prejudices and desires and clamours of the multitude. This means 'Be firm and resolute.' Throughout the book, God talks to him all the time. share. Let us study each of these three assurances to see how we can apply them to our church and to ourselves. 2. Her character was exceptionally evil. Intro: Verse one of our text tells the story.Israel has acquired the land that God had promised them and their faithful leader, Joshua, is old and is preparing to die, v. 8 This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success. When God made the promise to Abraham 400 years before, He had said, 'Unto thy seed have I given this land, from the river of Egypt unto the great river, the river Euphrates: The Kenites, and the Kenizzites, and the Kadmonites, And the Hittites, and the Perizzites, and the Rephaims, And the Amorites, and the Canaanites, and the Girgashites, and the Jebusites.' For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. 4. Find Top Church Sermons, Illustrations, and Preaching Slides on Joshua 1:8. IV. In this passage, Joshua 1:1-9, we see that God gave Joshua three assurances. Then you will be prosperous and successful. It does not mean much to tell someone 'be strong' or 'do not be afraid' unless you also tell them why and how they might be strong and not be afraid. We should pray that all in offices, civil or military, may be endued with the gifts and talents necessary for the honourable discharge of their several offices. It is by faithfulness to the Word of God. There were hindrances to her faith arising from her natural enemies. Had the gospel assumed a more scientific and imposing form — had its principles been more elaborate and philosophical had it required years of study to comprehend it, and thereby attached some literary reputation to the ultimate adept in it — had it been like the rabinnical lore of the Hebrews, or the mythological mysteries of the Greeks, beyond the reach of the vulgar, and a consequent badge of distinction to the initiated — had its prophet required us to do some great thing — were its peculiar privileges obtainable only by the pomp of a ritual, the costliness of sacrifice, or the toil of pilgrimage — then the evangelical Sion had never been destitute of its thousands of devotees and ten thousands of disciples; but when it appears in the guise of a system of which a child can appreciate the beauty, and which only requires the spirit of a child to learn and entertain it — when "the wayfaring man," as he runs upon his business. I. It lends to the utterances of conscience the might of Divine testimony. Click on the date of the message you want. ... Joshua orignally sent 30,000 men to hide behind Ai at night time. Now therefore arise, go over this Jordan, you and all this people, into the land that I am giving to them, to the people of Israel. This means that Joshua must be very bold and brave to take the right action even if it means risking his own life. — no Sabbaths, no Scriptures, no teachers — and yet in the base purlieus of a Jericho, in the heart of that poor harlot, like a fair pearl that lies within a rough shell among the weeds and rocks at the sea bottom, there is found precious faith, faith that finds utterance in a good confession (ver. Joshua 1:8 This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have g... Read verse in King James Version Actually in this battle God destroyed more of the enemies than Joshua was even able too! His success as a leader depended on it. They rebelled against God, and for that they were sentenced to wander in the wilderness for 38 more years. God-willing, in the years to come He may open more doors for us to reach out to more people. Israel has acquired the land that God had promised them and their faithful leader, Joshua, is old and is preparing to die, v. 14. The young man is held in check; the passionate man is subdued; the lethargic man is quickened; and each nature has the advantage of association with natures of a different type. THIS BOOK . And here we see God actually pledging to be faithful to stand by Joshua through thick and thin! Then you will be prosperous and successful. How can Israel have the victory in fulfilling this task? There will be many an oasis in what we called a desert, and many a pretty flower on what we deemed only a sterile rock. Do not be afrai... Read verse in New International Version These ordinances they will observe, those they will neglect. There is too much reliance on the flesh to produce the desired results. And how well was Joshua expected to do this? Keyword: Filter: Page 1 | Found: 140 sermons: SORT. Her faith would make her an oddity in Jericho. Consider THE OPPORTUNITY of her faith. He who will follow Christ must "be courageous," must be prepared to act in the teeth of worldly wisdom, to forego "good openings," to refuse to give dishonest measure, though his gains be thereby slow in accumulating. The organisation thus commended is not merely mechanical; it is the order which comes of a living love, which is willing to do the most good in the least time. What could be simpler than tying a scarlet line in a window? And God desires His people to have victory. God is a living Guide; he has written directions and he aids in the performance of them. He will have no power and no disposition to cope with the self-asserting and blustering men who worship their own infallibility. 1 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, 2 “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. We fully appreciate and respect the views and concerns of this 20%, but now that the decision has been made, let us all now be firm and resolute in carrying it out. 'What makes these verses so assuring are the words 'I have given unto you' The prospects of victory were most excellent, because God had already determined the outcome: Israel would be firmly settled in the Promised Land. Sin can only be covered by repentance..." - T.B. 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