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Getting Ready

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Preparation is required for success to follow; being unprepared equals unsuccess

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Introduction

Appointed to lead by God’s timing
God’s Charge to Joshua - To him, not them
Reflections on our call to Beach Bible
The fear of messing up can cause us to freeze
[joke] - I know I am not the only one, I know you are also afraid that I will mess up.
Excitement about the call eventually overshadows the fear

What a Promise!

Every step you take is yours -> within God’s will and plan
Nothing will be able to stop you, because God is with you
Imagine that! If you have the faith to take the step, I will give it to you.
That’s how God operates - It’s not matter of if, but how and with what
Even if I am not sure of God’s will, I will take the step of faith
When we thought we knew His will
Praying for healing
Some things about God’s Word are clear: His Word’s Power, Heaven, Freedom and Forgiveness from sin
Let’s be that church - Walking in the things we know and figuring out the things we don’t

Biblical Preparations

What’s stopping us? When do we go? Are you ready? Are you prepared?
That is what we will be looking at today.
God’s path is absolutely true, but it isn’t easy.
“The Christian ideal has not been tried and found wanting. It has been found difficult; and left untried.” - G.K. Chesterton
Have you ever been unprepared?
Have you ever been unprepared?
The need for preparation
Being Fully Prepared - I was impressed by how much was entailed by godly preparation

Verse 6 - It can be done if God said it would.

“Strong and Courageous” - points to each point of preparation.
“You shall cause”
Preparation includes our trust and confidence in the Lord
“Do you trust me?”
Even if everything is pointing that it can’t - - The enemy is stronger than you
Deuteronomy 7:1 ESV
“When the Lord your God brings you into the land that you are entering to take possession of it, and clears away many nations before you, the Hittites, the Girgashites, the Amorites, the Canaanites, the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites, seven nations more numerous and mightier than you,
To be honest, we give up on a lot of things: marriages, morality, evangelism
Preparation includes our trust and confidence in the Lord
To be honest, we give up on a lot of things: marriages, morality, evangelism

Verses 7-8 - What can be done must be done according to God’s Word

Being prepared means knowing and obeying God’s Word.
Good intentions are not enough. Having the right heart is not enough.
When David transported the ark with a cart
God’s direction and God’s method lead to success - The What and the How
The promise of success -
Understanding real success and its abuses

Verse 9 - Prepare for strong opposition

Be confident and stable
Do not let the enemy get to you
Dismayed means to be broken/shattered by fear
Hold the Line - analogy and video

Verses 10-11 Prepare Practically

Trusting God doesn’t mean you don’t prepare yourself practically
Luke 14:28–30 ESV
For which of you, desiring to build a tower, does not first sit down and count the cost, whether he has enough to complete it? Otherwise, when he has laid a foundation and is not able to finish, all who see it begin to mock him, saying, ‘This man began to build and was not able to finish.’
Luke 14:28-30
Your practical preparations do not show a lack of faith. They actually show a willingness to walk by faith

Verses 12-15 - Prepare to keep your covenants

Let your yes be yes
2 Corinthians 1:17 ESV
Was I vacillating when I wanted to do this? Do I make my plans according to the flesh, ready to say “Yes, yes” and “No, no” at the same time?
2 Corinthians 1
James 5:12 ESV
But above all, my brothers, do not swear, either by heaven or by earth or by any other oath, but let your “yes” be yes and your “no” be no, so that you may not fall under condemnation.
This kind of preparation is probably the least valued in the church today
This kind of preparation is probably the least valued in the church today
Reminds them of their commitment and to keep it
With that warning, they make their commitment.

Personal Preparations

We often think of being prepared meaning we have one of these areas covered.
I hope we realize the extent of preparedness. It is no small thing

We will....

wonder if God’s lead is even possible.
question how to do God’s will or if what we are doing is how God’s wants us to do it.
face obstacles and resistance that will shake our confidence
assess our resources and know what we can do and how fast we can move.
have to make a personal commitment and keep it. Your commitment cannot be nothing.

Conclusion

Everyone wants to succeed, but not everyone wants to prepare.
However, what Joshua teaches us and what we will learn is that being prepared is the key to success. Being unprepared is a sure fire way to
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