Preparing for Conquest
The Calling and Responsibility of Godly Leadership
Developing God's People
Godly leaders find success by remaining sensitive
to the Lord’s authority and methods.
The key to understanding these battles and victories is wholly based upon God’s presence with us. When they left God and hid their sin, they saw defeat. But when in faith they stepped forward in faith, God mightily moved.
God is persistently training His people. The process doesn't even once they start winning battles, as we find out in the later chapters, nor does it end when we conclude the major wars. God is always developing His people.
We dare not stand still. There remains a life of battle ahead of us. Are you ready to step over the Jordan and be used by God? What selfish purposes have you not yet committed to Him. What we don’t realize is that our world is perishing while we enjoy our houses and comfortable jobs.
We cry when we don’t get our raise in salary or promotion but forget the 3,600 Indian missionaries or the mainland Chinese evangelists traveling with much less than we could put in the front seat of our cars. Are we too busy having children, getting married, being transferred, researching, etc. so that we have forgot to focus on His mission?
As God’s people, let us arise to the great task which He has given to us!
Joshua 1:1-5 The Mission
Joshua 1:1-9 Developing Godly Leadership
Joshua 1:10-18 Maximum Mobilization
The Battle Before the Conquest
Joshua 2:1-24 God’s Mysterious Ways
Joshua 3:1-17 Signs & Wonders
Joshua 4:1-24 Strategic Pauses #1
Joshua 5:1-9 Strategic Pauses #2
Our Step of Faith
Strategic Pauses #3
Communing With God
Joshua 5:13-15 Strategic Pauses #4
Following the Right Leader
Conquering the Land
The Implementation of God’s Strategy for Victory
Understanding God’s Strategy
Victory arises only when we fully understand the design of temptation and depend upon the Lord's means for deliverance.
God is always more ready to accomplish His plan than we are to participate in it (Joshua 11:20). God has a whole set of plans to quickly and effectively complete His plans.
God fights differently than man. Training to win requires that we simply do things God’s ways. We need to trust Him. If we rely on our methods, we will surely fail. They failed at the battle of Ai not only because of Achan’s greed but because Joshua did not pray and seek God’s will.
The first verse of these chapters significantly point to the enemy who attempted to thwart the Israelites from their main mission. God already has His plans on how to eliminate these enemies. These main campaigns lasted seven long years.
The Lord records three major campaigns. The enemy would use any trick to get their way. The Gibeonites deceived Israel. Other kingdoms ganged up on them. Although the battles almost always seemed a sure defeat for Israel, God led the Israelites to victory each time through their faithful leader of Joshua.
These battles surprisingly only comprise 8 of the 22 chapters in Joshua. The victory was always certain. God's people only needed to learn how to do things God's ways, no matter how threatening the enemy seemed to be. Don’t be afraid; just be prepared!
Don’t be afraid; just be prepared!
God’s First Victory at Jericho
A Battle We Better Not Lose: vs. Sin
Recovering From Defeat
Delight in God’s Torah
Falling For A Lie
The Battles Against the Kings
The Accountability to Complete God’s Mission
Grasping God's Good Purposes
Only by grasping the full scope of what God is doing and making ourselves accountable to the tasks that concern us will His mission be completed.
We often get confused between winning the battle and winning the fight (war). Our shortsightedness causes us not to look beyond our self-interests.
The real war is how one lives afterwards. The most dangerous times are after certain victories. And it is precisely here that the Israelites failed.
The Lord was sure to have them divide up the land. The point of this was to prepare each tribe to live under the Lord’s leadership. Up to this point, they relied on Joshua’s faith to win. Now they had to rely on their own faith. If they trusted Him and obeyed His Word, they would do well. If not, they would bring trouble into their future.
Once they received their inheritance, they were responsible to clear off the many enemies still hanging around (see Judges 1).
God set things up so that they all could carry on and clear out all the enemies. But foolishly they were not equally responsible. Again, the chief battle is not on the battlefield but in our hearts. It is how we live after the victories.
Miracles are not enough to change us. We need God’s grace unto repentance.
Rules for Victorious Living
Joshua 14:1-15; 15:13-19
Caleb: A Man Willing to Fight
Fulfilling Our Obligations
Escaping From Fear’s Grip
Dividing the Inheritance
Where Can I Run? Cities of Refuge
Care of God’s Workers
For Good or For Bad
Passing the Torch
Truth or Fiction: Does it really matter?
Declaration of our Commitment