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          If we look throughout the Word of God, we find people who did great things for God. These people did what seemed impossible. But it was through their faith in God and their union with Him that they did the impossible.

I) The Bible tells us in (Luke 1:37) “For with God nothing shall be impossible.”

A) We always need to remember that.

1) You might be up a wall and it seems that there is no place to turn, but remember; with God, nothing shall be impossible.

2) Matthew adds something to the statement, “With God nothing shall be impossible.”

B) Turn to MATT 17:20.

1) Jesus is saying that if you have faith, you can say to your problem “go” and it has to obey you.

C) If there’s no place to turn and you’re up against a wall, tell that wall to go.

1) Turn to EXO 14. This is the story of Israel being set free from Egypt.

a) The Israelites had this same problem. They were up against a wall. (Sea)

2) But look what took place. EXO 14:10-12.

a) You can see that they were not in faith at all.

(i) This happens when people are faced with a crisis.

b) They were in total doubt and unbelief.

3) But what I wanted you to see is Moses. Look at                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      EXO 14:13-14.

a) Now you might be thinking, “But that’s Moses.” God probably told him what was going to happen and what He was going to do. NO HE DIDN’T.

b) Everything that Moses was saying was in total faith.

(i) Now remember faith is only based on the Word of God.

c) All Moses had was the Word that God spoke to him saying “Set my people free.”

d) Moses knew that being killed in the wilderness or being taken back into bondage was not being set free.

4) So Moses said, “Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of the LORD.”

a) That was a statement of faith.

D) Because of his faith, look at what the Lord said. EXO 14:15-16.

1) When the children of Israel were up against a wall, Moses was in faith, and because of his faith, the Lord did something supernatural.

2) He removed the wall and that’s when the victory came.

II) Just for a few minutes here, I want to look at Joshua. Joshua demonstrated some qualities in his life, which enabled him to live a victorious life.

A) If we apply these same godly qualities to our life, we to will be brought up out of bondage and lack into victory and abundance.

1) The principles that Joshua lived by can help any believer move from where he is now to a place of victory in their lives. Faith Num 14:6-9

B) Turn to EXO 32:7. Notice in Verse 7 The Lord is angry and He calls them “Your people.”

1) Exo 32:7-11 Notice Verse 11 Moses says they’re “Your people.”

2) But what I wanted you to see was that “Moses pleded with the Lord.”(V 11)

a) He based his prayer on two accounts.

(i) 1st Such a destruction would vindicate Pharaoh and the gods of Egypt and would cause the Egyptians to mock the true God.[1] Verse 12 (read)

(ii) 2nd God would be viewed as One who breaks promises. He said He would make the descendants of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel (Jacob) innumerable and would take them into the Promised Land[2]  Verse 13 (read)

3) Moses’ prayer spared the people, Moses pleaded his case before God.

a) ISA 43:26

(i) KJV Put me in remembrance: let us plead together: declare thou, that thou mayest be justified.” (Isa 43:26)[3]

(ii) NIV “Review the past for me, let us argue the matter together; state the case for your innocence.”[4] (Isa 43:26)

C) 1 of the qualities that made Joshua walk in victory are found in EXO 24 12-15.

1) God called Moses to come up into the mountain to receive the instructions that God had for the nation of Israel.

a) Moses took Joshua with him, and left everyone else below.

b) As Moses ascended up the mountain, he to left Joshua behind on the slopes of the mountain.

(i) Joshua remained on those slopes for 40 days and 40 nights.

c) He could have returned to camp but even in a time of feeling forgotten and unimportant, he remained faithful, doing what the Lord gave him to do no matter what.

d) Pro 25:13

e) Now this is not only talking about faithfulness to the boss, job, or LEADERS, but it is also submission to their leadership.

(i) There is no real submission without faithfulness, and there is no real faithfulness without submission.

(ii) The word “submit” means. “to yield to governance or authority.” [5]

(a) Why? Because they might know something that, you don’t.

(b) Those in leadership or authority have to see the wholly picture.

(c) OR maybe they have a word from there BOSS.

f) Luke 12:41-49

g) Now of course this is about faithfulness, but true faithfulness is not only measured in what you are doing, but rather the heart.

(i) Story of the little boy standing and sitting. His parents made him sit down, and the boy said, “I might be sitting down on the outside, but on the inside I’m standing up.”

(ii) Can you see the difference of true faithfulness which has to do with willfully submitting and faithfulness with a rebellious heart.

h) 2 Tim 2:1-7

(i) We need more Joshua’s today.

i) PRO 28:20

(i) The word “Blessings” could also be translated “prosperous.”

(a) The word “Haste or Hastens” means, “hurrying or running without purpose.”

(ii) There may be times that you feel out of the mainstream of the kingdom of God.

(iii) But it’s that desire to go on with God, that stability (in Him and His Word) that faithfulness to Him are the things that’s important him.

j) As Moses came down the mountain, he heard the sound of music coming from the camp. The children of Israel had begun to worship the golden calf.

2) When Joshua heard the sound coming from the camp, he said, “There is a noise of war in the camp.” (EXO 32:17)

a) Moses dismissed that observation as the sound of singing, not of war.

(i) But there truly was a war in the camp. It was a spiritual war.

b) This understanding of spiritual battle was the 2nd of Joshua’s qualities that aided him in conquering the Canaan land.

3) (EPH 6:12) Says, “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high {places}.”

a) 1 translation says, “We struggle not against flesh and blood...”

b) Another says, “We contend not with flesh and blood...”

c) The RSV translation says, “But we do wrestle against the spiritual hosts of wickedness.”

(i) That’s where the battle is, it’s a spiritual battle.

(ii) We need to be aware of the enemy’s spiritual strategies.

(iii) Many homes could have been saved and tragedies avoided if we would not have overlooked this area.

d) Paul said in (2nd Corinthians 2:11), “Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices.” It’s a spiritual battle.

e) Rise up with the authority of God’s Word and bring the presence of the H.S. into the picture, and things will begin to change.

D) In EXO 33, we see another part of Joshua’s character. (3rd)

1) After the destruction of the golden calf and the execution of the rebels, Moses again separated himself to meet with God.

a) He had a special tent where he entered to seek God and God’s presence would move into the tent.

2) Look at what happened in EXO 33:9-11.

a) Notice that Joshua also separated himself from the people. He wanted to be in total unity with God and spending time in His presence.

3) Interesting Moses would leave.

a) 1 Commentary said, this possibly is the reason for Joshua’s success

b) Joshua demonstrated his loyalty and devotion to God. He chose to stay where God would manifest His glory.

c) The qualities in Joshua’s life are different than most people.

4) Another commentary said, maybe Joshua stayed in the temple to do work (repair).

a) Yet another commentary said, Moses left to deliver the Lord’s message, but Joshua remained in case the Lord had something else to say.

(i) He was not going to be swayed by pressure or opinions of others. He would remain where he could hear the voice of God and then move in accordance with what God said.

(ii) We need, more than ever, a renewed dependence on God’s Word.

III) Well, after wondering in the wilderness for 40 years it was time for Joshua to take over as the leader of the children of Israel.

A) For them to get out of the wilderness, their unbelief and wrong thinking had to go.

1) That’s the same for us. Many times people will feel that they’re going through a wilderness. It could be brought on by unbelief or wrong thinking.

B) Wilderness is not always a bad place to be.

1) It’s interesting that when Jesus was LED into the wilderness that all three of the synoptic Gospels use different words to describe Jesus being led into the wilderness. John doesn’t mention Jesus’ wilderness experience.

2) Luke 4:1-13

a) In verse 11 where it says Jesus was “LED” by the Spirit into the wilderness, the word “Led” simply means “To guide, to lead, take with one.”

b) The Holy Spirit will never leave us, even when we are in the wilderness.

3) In Mark 1:12 it says that the Spirit 5drove Him into the wilderness.

a) The word “Drove” means he was “SENT OUT” by the Holy Spirit into the wilderness, but the word “Drove” also includes the meaning, “be deprived of the power and influence he exercises in the world.[6]”

4) However, in Matt 4:1 It says that Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the Devil.

a) Now this word “LED” is different still. It means “to lead up, to lead or bring into a higher place.”

b) Sometimes the Holy Spirit will lead us into a solitude place, to be alone with Him.

(i) The wilderness isn’t necessarily bad, but it’s what you do with it that makes all the difference.

(ii) The spirit didn’t send Jesus to be tempted, the spirit sent Him to be alone and in fellowship with Him.

5) However, there is a time to come out of the wilderness or if you’re in a wilderness because of something in your own life, then it’s time to come out.

a) If that’s the case, the only way to get out of it is through faith and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.

6) There are some definite steps that you have to take to get out of bondage and the wilderness and stay out.

C) After the children of Israel were delivered from the bondage of Egypt, they went to the wilderness.

1) In (ROM 15:4) it says, “For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.”

a) Things that are written in the O.T. are for our learning.

2) Sometimes, when we get out of bondage, victory comes gradual.

a) The Israelites went from Egypt (bondage) to the wilderness from the wilderness to the Canaan land and from Canaan to victory.

3) EXO 3:18

a) 1 of the 1st things that we need to do to come out of bondage or the wilderness, out of storms, trials, and out of dry places is to be a TRUE WORSHIPER.

(i) The 1st step to getting out of a wilderness is to be a worshipper.

(ii) Jesus said in JOHN 4:23 that the Father seeks true worshippers to worship Him in truth and in spirit.

D) The 2nd thing that the children of Israel needed to see was that GOD IS THEIR PROVIDER.

1) God provided them with manna from heaven and water from a rock; their clothes didn’t ware out.

a) To come out of that wilderness and to walk in victory we have to know that God is our provider and that He is our source.

2) We need to look to God and trust Him to meet our needs.

a) PSA 37:3

b) And of course, we all know (PHIL 4:19) “My God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”

E) The 3rd thing that they had to know to get out of the wilderness and into the promise land was the importance of following God.

1) If you remember, God provided a cloud by day and a Pillar of fire by night to direct their paths.

a) We too must learn to follow His leadings and allow Him to direct our paths.

b) PSA 23:2-3

c) (PSA 37:23) Says, “The steps of a {good} (righteous) man are ordered by the Lord: and he delighteth in his way.”

IV) But we just can’t stop there. Sometimes we get content in the area of provision found in the promise land. In the promise land, there are still many battles.

A) You may have come along way. You came from bondage but found yourself in wilderness. From the wilderness, you entered into the promise land. But now you need to go on to victory.

1) We need to go to absolute victory.

2) Look at the 1st thing the Lord said to Joshua when they were ready to come out of the wilderness. (After worshiper, God provider, lead by the Lord)

a) JOSHUA 1:2

b) Now go down to V 11.

3) This was “Faith for Victory.”

a) This is the faith that is needed to be a conqueror. “Bold Faith.”

4) (1st JOHN 5:4) says, “This is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.”

a) That’s what you need to have, “Faith for Victory.”

WOLCC 1/12/92 Sun 10:30am and 8/13/95 Sun and Sunday, April 26, 1998 & Sunday, June 17, 2001 & Sunday, January 25, 2004 wolcc Sunday 9/16/07

Character for success


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[1]Walvoord, J. F., Zuck, R. B., & Dallas Theological Seminary. (1983-c1985). The Bible knowledge commentary : An exposition of the scriptures. Wheaton, IL: Victor Books.

[2]Walvoord, J. F., Zuck, R. B., & Dallas Theological Seminary. (1983-c1985). The Bible knowledge commentary : An exposition of the scriptures. Wheaton, IL: Victor Books.

[3]The Holy Bible : King James Version. 1995 (Is 43:26). Oak Harbor, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc.

[4]The Holy Bible : New International Version. 1996, c1984 (Is 43:26). Grand Rapids: Zondervan.

[5] Merriam-Webster, I. (1996, c1993). Merriam-Webster's collegiate dictionary. (10th ed.). Springfield, Mass., U.S.A.: Merriam-Webster.

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[6]Strong, J. (1996). The exhaustive concordance of the Bible : Showing every word of the test of the common English version of the canonical books, and every occurrence of each word in regular order. (electronic ed.) (G1544). Ontario: Woodside Bible Fellowship.

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