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Deuteronomy 6:23 ESV
And he brought us out from there, that he might bring us in and give us the land that he swore to give to our fathers.
Joshua 1:6 ESV
Be strong and courageous, for you shall cause this people to inherit the land that I swore to their fathers to give them.
Joshua 1:7 ESV
Only be strong and very courageous, being careful to do according to all the law that Moses my servant commanded you. Do not turn from it to the right hand or to the left, that you may have good success wherever you go.
The Book of Joshua is the book of new beginnings for the people of God, and many believers today need a new beginning.
The Book of Joshua is the book of new beginnings for the people of God, and many believers today need a new beginning.
After forty years of wandering in the wilderness, Israel claimed their inheritance and enjoyed the blessings of the land that God had prepared for them, “as the days of heaven upon the earth” ().
That’s the kind of life God wants us to experience today. Jesus Christ, our Joshua, wants to lead us in conquest now and share with us all the treasures of His wonderful inheritance. He has “blessed us with all spiritual blessings” (), but too often we live like defeated paupers.
“God buries His workers, but His work goes on.”
Joshua was a slave in Egypt
But also He was the Servant of Moses
Your Past neither Your potential excuses you from serving
Joshua was a man of faith who knew the Lord and trusted Him to do wonders for His people
Joshua the soldier. The first official recorded act of Joshua in Scripture is his defeat of the Amalekites when they attacked Israel about two months after Israel’s exodus from Egypt (17:8–16). Moses was a prophet and legislator, but Joshua was a general with exceptional military skills.
He was also a man of great courage, who wasn’t afraid to confront the enemy and trust the Lord for victory

Are You Willing to Transition?

Joshua 1:1 ESV
After the death of Moses the servant of the Lord, the Lord said to Joshua the son of Nun, Moses’ assistant,
Joshua 1:2 ESV
“Moses my servant is dead. Now therefore arise, go over this Jordan, you and all this people, into the land that I am giving to them, to the people of Israel.
“And after the death of Moses the servant of the Lord” (). The removal of Moses from their head was a heavy loss unto Israel. For many years he had been their leader and legislator. It was under him they had been delivered from the cruel bondage of Egypt. It was in answer to his prayers that a way was opened for them through the Red Sea. He was the one who acted as their representative before the Lord and as His mouthpiece unto them. It is true there were times when they distrusted him and murmured against him, yet on the whole they respected and confided in him. A stage had now been reached when it seemed that Israel needed him more than ever, for with practically no fighting experience and possessing scarcely any weapons, they were about to pit themselves against the “seven nations in the land of Canaan” (). Yet he was no longer to be their commander: death took him from them. That was a deep mystery to carnal reason, a most painful providence, a sore trying of their faith. That they felt it keenly is clear:
“the children of Israel wept for Moses in the plains of Moab thirty days” (). “And after the death of Moses the servant of the Lord, it came to pass that the Lord spake unto Joshua the son of Nun, Moses’ minister, saying, ‘Moses My servant is dead: now therefore arise, go over this Jordan’ ” (vv. 1, 2). The work of God is in nowise hindered by the decease of His servants, no matter how eminent they be in office nor how much used in blessing to His people. Though the workmen be removed, His work goes forward to its ordained completion. “God will change hands to show that whatever instruments He uses, He is not tied to any” (Matthew Henry). That does not mean that God will necessarily supply another pastor for a church when one has died, for His work in that particular place may be finished; or that when His time arrives for the work of this magazine to end, that He will provide another; but it does mean that He will continue to maintain His Cause upon earth and supply every need of His people. That is certain, and it should both comfort and inspire us with courage in these dark days in which our lot is cast.
It is to be duly noted that Joshua did not push himself forward to fill the breach made by the departure of Moses, but waited until ordered by the Lord to do so. The relation which he sustained to his predecessor is not only one of interest but also of deep importance, not so much so from a historical standpoint as from the typical and doctrinal. This is the point at which we should amplify that statement at some length, but we are afraid to do so lest some of our readers wonder if we are ever going to ‘get down to business,’ for we have already written three articles without taking up the opening verses of our book. Yet others will say, What does that matter if their contents were instructive and profitable? We will therefore adopt a compromise, and defer our remarks upon that subject until a little later. Meanwhile perhaps a few may be stimulated to ponder and supply answers for themselves to the following questions: What was the varied relationship of Joshua unto Moses? and what important truth is illustrated and illuminated thereby?
“Moses My servant is dead, now therefore arise, go over this Jordan, thou and all this people, unto the land which I do give to them, to the children of Israel” (). The appointed time had now arrived, for Jehovah to make good the promises which He had made to Abraham and his children long centuries before. All that had been accomplished through Moses was but preliminary thereto, yet supplying a sure earnest that He would continue to show Himself strong on their behalf, so long as they adhered strictly to the covenant which He had entered into with them at Sinai. For that covenant, and the earlier one constituted the basis of all His dealings with Israel: while they kept it, they prospered: when they broke it, they experienced His judgments. It is to be duly observed that this commission which Joshua here received from the Lord was given to him as the head of Israel: it was made not with him alone, but the nation as well: “thou and all this people.” This needs to be borne in mind in connection with all that follows.
What is the difference between change and transition?Change is situational, and transition is psychological
Change is....situational. ex; move to a new site, retirement of founder
lChange is....situational. ex; move to a new site, retirement of founder
Transition is....psychological. a three phase process that people go through as they internalize and come to terms with what a new situation brings
The change cycle
1. Ending - old ways and old identities 2. The neutral zone- the old is gone, but the new change is not the norm yet 3. The new beginning - final stage, new beginning, new identity, new purposeThe signs of grieving1. anger 2. bargaining 3. anxiety 4. sadness 5. disorientation 6. depressionWhat to do in the neutral zoneIt is a difficult time for all people
Try to encourage creativity Normalize the neutral zoneNormalize the neutral zonegive people a better understanding of what it is by reorienting and redefining the organization's cultureHow to encourage creativity in the "neutral zone"- provide training in techniques of discovery and innovation - look for opportunities to brainstorm new answers to old problems - give people a chance to experiment on their ideas of improvementHow are people feeling in the neutral zoneanxiety is increases, motivation decreases, turnover increasesHow to effectively manage the neutral zone- redefine the neutral zone - create temp. policies and proceedures to get through the neutral zone - offer special training programs to help deal with the neutral zone4 rules of enforcing new beginnings1. Be consistent 2. Ensure quick successes 3. Symbolize the new identity 4. Celebrate success

Are You Willing To Step in Faith?

Get Your Promised Victory
Must Be Willing to Be Assured
Verse 3-4 Go across the River and Claim the Land
Joshua 1:3 ESV
Every place that the sole of your foot will tread upon I have given to you, just as I promised to Moses.
Joshua 1:4 ESV
From the wilderness and this Lebanon as far as the great river, the river Euphrates, all the land of the Hittites to the Great Sea toward the going down of the sun shall be your territory.
God had already given them the land; it was their responsibility now to step out by faith and claim it
The lesson for God’s people today is clear: God has given us “all spiritual blessings … in Christ” (),
and we must step out by faith and claim them. He has set before His church an open door that nobody can close (),
and we must walk through that door by faith and claim new territory for the Lord. It is impossible to stand still in Christian life and service; for when you stand still, you immediately start going backward.
“Let us go on!” is God’s challenge to His church (), and that means moving ahead into new territory.
Joshua 1:5 ESV
No man shall be able to stand before you all the days of your life. Just as I was with Moses, so I will be with you. I will not leave you or forsake you.
Get Your Inheritance
Joshua 1:6 ESV
Be strong and courageous, for you shall cause this people to inherit the land that I swore to their fathers to give them.
Israel owned the land because of God’s gracious covenant with Abraham, but their enjoyment of the land depended on their faithful obedience to God
God called the Promised Land “a good land” (8:7–10) and contrasted it with the monotony and barrenness of Egypt
the glory of all lands” (, ), which the NIV translates “the most beautiful of all lands.” Daniel calls it “the pleasant land” (8:9) and “the glorious land” (11:16 and 41). Often it is described as “a land flowing with milk and honey” (, ; ; ; ; ; ; ; etc.). This was a proverbial statement meaning “a land of plenty,” a place of peaceful pastures and gardens where the herds could graze and the bees could gather pollen and make honey.
Ezekiel 5:5 ESV
“Thus says the Lord God: This is Jerusalem. I have set her in the center of the nations, with countries all around her.
The Hebrew word translated “center” also means “navel,” suggesting that Israel was the “lifeline” between God and this world; for “salvation is of the Jews”

What God is about to give you will be a lifeline to the World

Joshua 1:7 ESV
Only be strong and very courageous, being careful to do according to all the law that Moses my servant commanded you. Do not turn from it to the right hand or to the left, that you may have good success wherever you go.
But also He was the Servant of Moses
Your Past neither Your potential excuses you from serving
Joshua was a man of faith who knew the Lord and trusted Him to do wonders for His people
Joshua the soldier. The first official recorded act of Joshua in Scripture is his defeat of the Amalekites when they attacked Israel about two months after Israel’s exodus from Egypt (17:8–16). Moses was a prophet and legislator, but Joshua was a general with exceptional military skills.
He was also a man of great courage, who wasn’t afraid to confront the enemy and trust the Lord for victory
He was also a man of great courage, who wasn’t afraid to confront the enemy and trust the Lord for victory.
God called the Promised Land “a good land” (8:7–10) and contrasted it with the monotony and barrenness of Egypt
the glory of all lands” (, ), which the NIV translates “the most beautiful of all lands.” Daniel calls it “the pleasant land” (8:9) and “the glorious land” (11:16 and 41). Often it is described as “a land flowing with milk and honey” (, ; ; ; ; ; ; ; etc.). This was a proverbial statement meaning “a land of plenty,” a place of peaceful pastures and gardens where the herds could graze and the bees could gather pollen and make honey.
Ezra 5:5 ESV
But the eye of their God was on the elders of the Jews, and they did not stop them until the report should reach Darius and then an answer be returned by letter concerning it.
Be Strong 2. The New Land

The Hebrew word translated “center” also means “navel,” suggesting that Israel was the “lifeline” between God and this world; for “salvation is of the Jews”

Ezekiel 5:5 ESV
“Thus says the Lord God: This is Jerusalem. I have set her in the center of the nations, with countries all around her.
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What God is about to give you will be a lifeline to the World

Get Your Life Line
Deuteronomy 6:23 ESV
And he brought us out from there, that he might bring us in and give us the land that he swore to give to our fathers.
Deut 6:
Wiersbe, W. W. (1996). Be Strong (p. 11). Wheaton, IL: Victor Books.
Joshua 1:7 ESV
Only be strong and very courageous, being careful to do according to all the law that Moses my servant commanded you. Do not turn from it to the right hand or to the left, that you may have good success wherever you go.
Joshua 1:8 ESV
This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.
Joshua 1:9 ESV
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
Joshua 1:10 ESV
And Joshua commanded the officers of the people,

Are You Willing To Prepare?

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Joshua 1:11 ESV
“Pass through the midst of the camp and command the people, ‘Prepare your provisions, for within three days you are to pass over this Jordan to go in to take possession of the land that the Lord your God is giving you to possess.’ ”

Are You Willing To Receive Support ?

Joshua 1:12 ESV
And to the Reubenites, the Gadites, and the half-tribe of Manasseh Joshua said,
Joshua 1:13 ESV
“Remember the word that Moses the servant of the Lord commanded you, saying, ‘The Lord your God is providing you a place of rest and will give you this land.’
Joshua 1:14 ESV
Your wives, your little ones, and your livestock shall remain in the land that Moses gave you beyond the Jordan, but all the men of valor among you shall pass over armed before your brothers and shall help them,
Joshua 1:15 NLT
until the Lord gives them rest, as he has given you rest, and until they, too, possess the land the Lord your God is giving them. Only then may you return and settle here on the east side of the Jordan River in the land that Moses, the servant of the Lord, assigned to you.”

Are You Willing To Give Support ?

Joshua 1:16 ESV
And they answered Joshua, “All that you have commanded us we will do, and wherever you send us we will go.
Joshua 1:17 ESV
Just as we obeyed Moses in all things, so we will obey you. Only may the Lord your God be with you, as he was with Moses!
Joshua 1:18 ESV
Whoever rebels against your commandment and disobeys your words, whatever you command him, shall be put to death. Only be strong and courageous.”
Deuteronomy 6:23 ESV
And he brought us out from there, that he might bring us in and give us the land that he swore to give to our fathers.
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The Lord does not bring us out to leave us out but He brings us out to take us some where
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