The Discipline of Possessing (3 of 4) by David Cawston

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The Discipline of Possessing
Series: Possessing Your Promised Land
David Cawston
Joshua 4:3 & 9; Joshua 6:18-19; Joshua 8:31-32

Introduction: Discipline

Life had been pretty easy for the Children of Israel during their wilderness journeying.
They had developed habits that were not conducive to entering their promises of tomorrow.
Get up.
Get some manna.
Have a drink of miracle rock water
Watch the cloudy pillar.
Do a few chores.
Another day passes by.

But now things are different.
Reveille sounds in the morning!
"Hey soldier, up and about it".
There is land to conqueror.

There is a discipline to being in the military.
There are disciplines that need to be maintained to conqueror your tomorrows.

There are three incidents in scripture that draw for us a picture of the disciplines that God desires.

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I. Build a Monument against Forgetfulness.
God is aware of our human nature and our forgetfulness.

David stated in Ps 103
2 Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits:(KJV)
14 For he knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust.(KJV)

God spoke to Joshua and told him to build two monuments to help the Children of Israel not forget His blessing to them.

A. The first was at Gilgal.
Josh 4:3
3 and tell them to take up twelve stones from the middle of the Jordan from right where the priests stood and to carry them over with you and put them down at the place where you stay tonight."

The first was to attract the interest of children

Josh 4:6
6 to serve as a sign among you. In the future, when your children ask you, 'What do these stones mean?'

The assignment of this stone work is to remind us all that our tomorrows are not the only ones that God has in mind.
He has the tomorrows of our children.
They need to know that a faithful God of their Father's will be their God also.

Children learn their greatest lessons not by hearing information about G ...

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