"Life in the Wilderness" (#4: Before You Go Any Further)

Sermon Date: 
Mar 26 2017
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Please feel free to use the following as a reflection, personal study, or for your Life Group. Please be sensitive to other views expressed.

INTRODUCTION
1. If you recall only Joshua and Caleb were able to enter into the Promise Land with the new generation of Israelites. This happened because they refused to fear the enemies of the land by trusting in God's Word God would provide the land as promised. Joshua and Caleb used their Spiritual Vision of faith over their Physical Vision in what's being seen.

What things do you "see happening" around you that might be drawing fear responding away from God instead of having trust towards God?

Comment: A.B. Simpson once stated, "Like Joshua and Caleb, we have had to follow God alone as we followed Him wholly. But this is the real victory of faith and the proof of our uncompromising fidelity (faithfulness)..."

Even though the Israelites are now in the new Promised Land there are still enemies (opposition) in the land. For us this might mean, even though we are Christians, we are still facing spiritual warfare. The catch is this - if God is the one bringing us into the new land than it must also be God who gives us the strategy behind our battles leading to victory.

READ JOSHUA 5:1-12
1. What was the response from the Amorite and Canaanite kings? Why did they respond this way?
2. Even though the opposition was now weak why did the Israelites hold back from fighting them?
3. Why is it difficult to STOP and BE STILL with God?
4. What do you think might have happened if Joshua decided to call for a military fight instead of listening to God?
5. What faith did these young men (and nation) reveal towards their leader (and thus in God)?

Comment: Let us notice God is making things RIGHT again with his people by re-establishing the act of circumcision (establishing a covenant). Often we try to fight our battles without God because we are not in a right relationship with him. 1 John 1:9 reads, "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness." God needs to make things right with his people before he will grant them any victory over their battles.

6. Verse 9 is wonderful verse where God is removing the shame upon the Israelites.
Read Romans 8:1 and Romans 10:11. What do these verses say about those who trust in Jesus Christ?
7. What could be implied from a Christian perspective that has us change our spiritual diet from manna to the solid food around us?

CONCLUSION
Read 1 John 3:8. Why did the Son of God appear? As believers, who carry Christ's Spirit (the Holy Spirit) in us, what is the hope in our daily walk?

How did this sermon/reflection speak into your heart?

Victorious in Christ,
Pastor Trevor