Jim Henry, Pastor
First Baptist Church
3701 L.B. McLeod Road
Orlando, FL 32805
Reprinted from Radio Program, "WE BELIEVE"
Program #89, CT#1159
POSSESSING YOUR POSSESSIONS
Last week we began our study in the Book of Joshua. I'd like to add a
couple of other things to that introduction of the book before I go on with the
message. First of all, the Book of Joshua can easily be broken into three
parts: 1. Chapter 1 to Chapter 5 verse 12 is a kind of preparation to entering
the land. 2. Chapter 5 verse 13 to Chapter 12 verse 24 is conquering the land.
3. Chapter 13 all the way to Chapter 24 is entering into the possession of the
land. So really, when you're studying in Joshua, you'll find three major
divisions in those twenty-four chapters.
The name "Joshua" means, "salvation." In the Book of Numbers, God's Word
tells us that Moses changed his name and his name, "Jehoshuh" meant, "Jehovah Is
Salvation." That's the way it ought to be and that's the way his name came to
be. "Jehovah is salvation."
Last week we pointed out that in preparing to possess your possessions,
spiritually, entering into Canaan, God's Promised Land of rest for the believer
in this world, there are at least three things to consider: First of all, God's
position on sin. Secondly, the power of God. Thirdly, the presence of God in
I. THE PERIL OF SIN AMONG GOD'S PEOPLE
I want to continue on that vein today in preparing to possess your
possessions, and the fourth thing to be alert to and aware of is that you must
be aware of the peril of sin among God's people.
In the Book of Exodus, Chapter 32, we find this story and this is a lesson
Joshua had to learn.
"And the people saw that Moses delayed to come down
out of the mount. The people gathered themselves
together unto Aaron and said to him, Up, make us
gods, which shall go before us; for as for this
Moses, the man that brought us up out of the land of
Egypt, we wot not what's become of him. ...
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