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     As the children of Israel were wandering in the wilderness for 40 years, they must have faced some hardships. (Not easy on the flesh). As Joshua lead the Israelites out of the wilderness into the promise land, a number of things were about to change for them, but they still had many challenges to face.

     When the Israelites crossed the Jordan river & entered into this new land, they entered into a new dimension in their relationship w/ God.

     I. Look at JOSHUA 5:12

              A. As soon as they ate the fruit of the new land, the manna ceased.

                        1. Their relationship changed in the sense that they move from the area of PROVISION to the area of PROMISE.

              B. Their destiny to become a nation of conquerors was about to become a reality.

                        1. But before they could enter into a battle w/ the city of Jericho, they had to take time & get alone w/ the Lord.

                        2. Notice what it says at the end of (JOSH 5:12) "They did eat of the fruit of the land of Canaan that year."

                                  a. That implies they did not go into battle immediately.

                                  b. They took time to get into the Lord's presence (V 10) (tells us that they kept the passover) & they entered into His rest.

                                           i. It was a time to renew their strength, to review their plans, & to receive new insight.

                                           ii. There's times that you need correction, that I need correction, but we wont see it, no matter who tells us, until we pull aside into a time of rest, a time of being in His presence.

                                           iii. When I say a time of rest I'm not talking about pulling aside from reading the Word or praying or not going to church. That's not a time of rest, that's backsliding.

                                           iv. But the time of rest should be a time where you're no longer running around doing the carnal things, the natural things. Setting aside the hussel & bussel of our daily lives.

                                  c. The only time of true rest is when we're in His Presence. PSA16:11

                                           i. PSA 27:1

                                           ii. ISA 40:31  HEB 4:8-11

                                           iii. PSA 37:7-9

     II. In (JOSHUA 5:7-8) It says, "And their children, {whom} he raised up in their stead, them Joshua circumcised: for they were uncircumcised, because they had not circumcised them by the way. (8) And it came to pass, when they had done circumcising all the people, that they abode in their places in the camp, till they were whole.

              A. Circumcision had to do with the covenant relationship with God.

                        1. Now this type of circumcision is not necessary for our covenant relationship with God.

                                  a. (ROM 2:28-29) "For he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly; neither {is that} circumcision, which is outward in the flesh: (29) But he {is} a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision {is that} of the heart, in the spirit, {and} not in the letter; whose praise {is} not of men, but of God."

                                  b. (COL 2:11) "In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ:"

              B. But something happened when the children of Israel had their relationship restored.

                        1. Prior to this, the children of Israel thought like slaves.

                                  a. Even thru all their experiences they faced in leaving Egypt, & God supernaturally providing for them in the wilderness, they still thought like slaves.

                        2. ACTS 7:36; 39-40

                                  a. In (V 39) He said, "In their hearts turned back again into Egypt."

                                  b. Egypt is the place of bondage or slavery.

                                           i. Slavery is what they knew. They cried out to be back doing what they knew.

                                  c. NUM 13:33


                                           i. This is the slave mentality or the Grasshopper mentality they had.

                                           ii. & really that's human nature. People get comfortable doing what they know. even if it means bondage. That goes for the Israelites, as well as you & I.

                                  d. The Israelites could not see themselves as the conquerors they actually were. (Many Christians are the same way.)

              C. But notice what God said to Joshua in JOSHUA 5:9

                        1. The slavery mentality, the Grasshopper mentality would no longer be a part of their thoughts.

                        2. Our thoughts hold a significant part in our success & achievements. (In our own lives & in the kingdom of God.)

                                  a. Paul mentions the importance of right thinking many times.

                                           i. In (EPH 4:23) He said, "Be renewed in the spirit of your mind." We need to set aside the slavery way of thinking.

                                           ii. Before we were born again we were in bondage the to Devil, a slave to sin, a slave to the carnal way of thing.

                                  b. We need to put off the slave thinking, & put on a conquerors mentality.

              D. By choosing the right thoughts, you can lift your own life.

                        1. What are the right thoughtsThings that are consistent with the Word of God.

                                  a. When God says you're an Overcomer, then thing like an overcomer. When God says you're the head & not the tail, then think like you're the head.

                        2. You're thoughts are like seeds planted in your own life.

                        3. Your mind is like a garden.

                                  a. You can cultivate your mind & plant seeds you want to grow, or you can neglect it & allow weeds to take over. (Either way you'll have a harvest.)

                        4. GAL 6:7

                                  a. Listen to it from the PHILLIPS translation, "A man's harvest in life will depend entirely on what he sows."

                        5. Israel had only known slavery.

                                  a. They were programmed to think like slaves, respond like slaves, & to act like slaves.

                                  b. God was moving them out of slavery mentality into a conquering attitude.

     III. The way you perceive challenges is determined by the way you've been programmed.

              A. (PRO 23:7) Says, "For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he."

                        1. The word "HEART" in this V is almost always translated "SOUL" in the O.T.

                        2. This literally says, "As he thinks in his soul, so is he."

                                  a. If we're still thinking defeat & failure you need to renew your mind to the Word of God.

              B. JOSHUA 1:8

                        1. This word "Meditate" means, "To murmur, to ponder, to imagine, to meditate, to mutter, roar, sore, speak, study, talk, utter.

                                  a. I like that one part "to imagine." that means to see ourselves in light of God's Word.

                                  b. To get out of a grasshopper mentality & to gain the mentality of a conqueror, we have to meditate of God's Word, & to see our selves in line with the Word.


WOLCC 1/26/92 SUN AM

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