by David Cawston

Discovering the Need to Possess
Possessing Your Promised Land Series
David A. Cawston
Joshua 1:1-9

I have chosen to take some lessons in this series out of the Book of Joshua because the Old Testament is a book of learning by watching what others have done.

1 Cor 10:11-12
11 Now all these things happened to them as examples, and they were written for our admonition, on whom the ends of the ages have come.
12 Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall. (NKJ)

- Children of Israel had been in Egypt 400 years - Sin
- God had sent a deliverer Moses - Type of Christ. He had miraculously delivered them from bondage.
- They had all passed through the sea and been baptized into the baptism of Moses. - Baptism
- They had all been lead by the Cloud and the Pillar of Fire- Holy Spirits leading
- They Drank from the Rock and ate the manna -Spiritual drink and food

One generation had sinned and they had not been allowed to enter into the promised land. Now a second generation was at the river Jordan again being led to cross and possess what God had promised to their forefathers.

God said to Joshua, "Go over this Jordan. . .to the land which I am giving . . .Every place that the sole of your foot will tread upon I have given you."

This word constituted God's promise-their possibilities and potentiality by His power and purpose.

His call was a call to possess - to gain a practical hold on God's lifetime purpose for their personal achievement.

Possession has to do with taking hold of things in a particular setting or situation. Illus: Although we moved into the church parsonage 6 years ago it took us some time to possess it!

The promise of God was pregnant with divine possibilities, but it could only be achieved when integrated with Joshua's responsibility. God had already gone before with a plan and a promise of committed power. Possessing was Joshua's part!

Promised blessings do not merely tumble int ...

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