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Book of Joshua

The Book of Joshua is all about claiming God's promises for spiritual victory.

"Consecrate yourselves, for tomorrow the Lord will do wonders among you." - Joshua 3:5

Big Idea:

Claiming God's Promises For Spiritual Victory Requires A Commitment To Courage And Obedience

Basic Outline:

The Seven Steps To Spiritual Victory

Chapter 1:

1) Strengthening ourselves in the Lord so that we obey the command to be Strong and Courageous

2) Meditating on the Word of God so that we are careful to Obey it completely

Chapter 2:

3) Avoiding the Grasshopper mentality by focusing on a Vision of Victory

Chapter 3:

4) Consecrate yourselves - Waiting on the Lord in preparation for the Lord doing wonders among you -- Will involve repentance; an undivided spiritual focus; separation

5) Step out in Faith - Avoiding the Victim Mentality by keeping our Vision on Christ - God does not start working until we step out in faith .. that is when the waters of the Jordan in our life our rolled back

6) Persevere in Faith - not enough to just stick our toes in the water - we need to live on the other side of the Jordan River - united with Christ experientially in His death, burial (crossing the Jordan) and resurrection (Romans 6-8)

7) Fundamentally, appreciate that Spiritual Victory is a Gift from our Sovereign God - Drives a positive attitude of Thanksgiving which puts the focus on God rather than us

Why Study This Book?

Understand the intensity of the spiritual warfare of the believer (both as an individual and corporately as a local church) and what steps we need to take to successfully engage the enemy

Develop a commitment to Courage and Obedience in following the Lord's battle plan

Be encouraged to step out in faith and trust the Lord for overcoming the huge obstacles on our path to spiritual victory

Set our vision on the Lord Himself; His promises and His resources

Take sin seriously as we see the consequences of failure and rebellion (both individually and corporately)

Focus on the heart preparation of consecration that must be the foundation for any grace gift of victory in our lives

Notable Quotes:

Redpath: I would suggest that the clue to the interpretation of this Old Testament book is found in the epistle to the Ephesians and in the epistle to the Hebrews. For example, in the third and fourth chapters of Hebrews we find that the land of Canaan is a picture of the spiritual rest and victory which may be enjoyed here on earth by every believer, a rest of faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. Again, the Ephesian letter speaks of life "in the heavenly places" - not in heaven, but in the experience of oneness with our Risen Lord in His victory here and now, the place of the fullness of God's blessing. I believe that we shall understand the real significance of the book of Joshua only if we recognize that what it is in the Old Testament the epistle to the Ephesians is in the New. This suggestion, of course, has to be substantiated from the Word of God itself...

I think you will see that this book of Joshua will open up for us what will be, to many people, new areas in God's plan of redemption for us all, new possibilities of spiritual victory, new secrets of the way of blessing. This book of Joshua will cease to be, if indeed it is now to any of my readers, a mere record off historic events, and will become a revelation of what God can do in and through the life that is utterly yielded to Him.

Davis: The Book of Joshua contains at least four important theological themes which have practical values for today. First, the book is a lesson on the covenant faithfulness of Jehovah. The power of God was not only declared in covenant agreement, but also demonstrated. Secondly, the book demonstrates the importance of the written word of God (Josh. 1:8; 8:32-35; 23:6-16; 24:26-27). There was an authoritative body of written Scripture in the days of Joshua and this consisted of the books of Moses. There is no appeal to contemporary customs or oral tradition. Thirdly, the book points out the utter failure of human effort apart from divine directives. When Joshua and the children of Israel were faithful to God's word and His will, there was victory. When they abandoned His will in favor of their own genius, there was failure and frustration. Finally, the book is a commentary of God's holiness and His judgment of sin. The destruction of the cities of Canaan with their inhabitants was not merely to give Israel military control of the area, but it was, in effect, a judgment of God upon the wickedness of that land (cf. Gen. 15:16; Deut. 7:5-6).

Stedman: The book of Joshua falls into three main divisions. Chapters one through four concern the entrance into the land and all that involves. If you are struggling right now with how to enter into a life of victory with Christ, how to move out of the wilderness of doubt, restless wanderings, and mere subsistence into the full blessing of the Spirit-led experience, then this is the section you ought to be concerned with -- Israel's entrance into the land -- out of the wilderness and into Canaan. Chapters five through twenty-one cover Israel's conquest of the land through many battles and conflicts as they came into the land of promise. Chapters twenty-two through twenty-four, including many passages from Joshua's own lips, set before us the perils and dangers in the land that we must guard against in order to remain in the place of victory that the land represents.