Living Fearlessly: Faith Is Demanded
January 31, 2010
INTRODUCTION: Other sermon titles: Step Into The Water, Advancing Fearlessly Into The Formidable Future, or Advancing Fearfully Into The Formidable Future (Fear does not have to paralyze us.)
History - Joshua is nearing 80 years of age, relatively young followers, most born in the wilderness (desert). It's the only life they have ever known. Based on what they have been told by Joshua and Caleb, they have been waiting a long time for this day. However, wilderness is not so bad; it is predictable and very familiar. God has given them shoes that did not wear out, water from a rock, manna from heaven, and periodically birds. A cloud to lead in the daytime and a pillar of fire by night.
It has been said, "God rarely requires what is easily released." The Israelites are about to be challenged to leave their comfort zone.
Think for a moment as to where you are in your Christian journey?
Two statements are mentioned over and over again in Joshua 3, "set out" and "cross over." This speaks of a time of transition.
"set out" - Hebrew word for journeyed
Exodus 14:15, "And the LORD said to Moses, "Why do you cry to Me? Tell the children of Israel to go forward."
A constant "going forward"
"cross over" - this verb emphasizes the decisive nature of this moment in the history of the Hebrew people and distinguishes it from everything that had gone before.
Eddie Carswell calls it "A Defining Moment" or "A Red Letter Day"
E. John Hamlin said this "cross over" connotes something with tremendous epic significance.
Have you ever said, "The best is yet to be or to come?" Can you say it now? Do you believe it or is it just something you underlined?
The first sermon that I ever preached was from Deut 6:23
"Then He brought us out from there, that He might bring us in, to give us the land of which He swore to our fathers."
"If Egypt represents the world, an ...
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