Refusing to Settle for Second Best (20 of 28) by Chuck McAlister

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Refusing to Settle for Second Best (20 of 28)
Dr. Chuck McAlister
Joshua 14 and 15


(A) So few Christians have all that God wants them to have.

(B) Many Christians -- earning a living and wasting their lives ...

(C) Many Christians -- living defeated lives, living in the valley of depression.

(D) That is not what God intends -- He intends His children to live in victory not defeat -- to be on the mountain top, not in the valley.

(E) Why do so few Christians have all that God intends for them?
-- Because they aren't willing to pay the price!
-- They struggle from defeat to defeat because of unsurrendered wills!

(F) Book of Joshua -- an illustration of the victory New Testament Christians should live in the midst of ....
1- Canaan -- Promised Land of victory in Jesus Christ.
2- The victory we can have right now in Jesus -- don't have to wait for heaven.
3- To children of Israel: Canaan --
a- Release -- from bondage of slavery .... Aren't you tired of being a slave to sin?
b- Rest -- from harshness of wilderness to promised rest .... nervous, frustrated Christians.

--Deep sea diver .... message on headphone -- "Come up quick, the ship is sinking."

c- Refreshment -- wilderness food -- to a land flowing with milk and honey.

d- Reality -- heard sermons about Canaan -- now they saw it.

(G) My prayer -- not just hear this sermon, get it into your life:
Live a victorious life in Jesus.

(H) Don't just be satisfied to wander in the wilderness --
.... To just be saved -- you have to be freed from slavery of sin -- there is so much more that God intends for you to have.

(I) He intends for you to live in victory every day!

(J) Are you willing to pay the price, like Cable, to live in victory?
* Caleb represents the Christian on the verge of conquering his promised land and receiving the blessings God has ...

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