When You Face Tremendous Obstacles
Series: Possess the Promised Land!
Joshua 3 & 4
Intro: What tremendous obstacle are you facing this morning? Ex. Telephone call from best friend about his 3 year old son with cancer. We broke down in prayer over the phone. Praise the Lord, the boy is cancer free today! You are going to face tremendous obstacles in life. The Bible teaches there is no obstacle to big for the Lord.
What do you do when you face tremendous obstacles?
I. DEVOTE YOURSELF FULLY TO THE LORD
A. Joshua is about to lead the people out of their 40 years of wilderness wanderings into the Promised Land! You need to show that same spirit of devotion to the Lord if you are going to live the life of victory that awaits.
B. Devotion - World Cup Soccer, Lebron James, Tim Tebow, the Biggest Loser on TV
C. How do you know you are fully devoted to the Lord?
1. You are a devoted to prayer (Josh. 3:1) - Prayerful people have learned they cannot make it on their own. They need God. The number one priority in your life is your personal relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ. Do you have a daily time of prayer? Just tell God you love Him and thank Him for who He is and all He's done. Ex. When you're faced with a busy day, save precious time by skipping your devotions. Signed, Satan.
Quest: Who or what has your full devotion this morning? God desires and deserves to have your total devotion. Why? He's Boss. Try going to your boss Monday morning and saying, "Here is your work for the day; assignments I want done by 4 PM!" In reality it's the opposite. The Boss sets the agenda! You don't tell Him what to do, He tells you! Many Christians believe they are supposed to tell God what they want to do and then ask Him to bless.
2. You are devoted to obedience to the Lord (Josh. 3:2-3). Obedience to the Lord is what brings the blessing of God. Obedience to the Lord is not always easy, but what's the alternative? Death, Defeat, Discouragemen ...
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