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January 17, 2024

Complete Obedience brings Complete Victory (Joshua 11-19)

Passage: Joshua 11-19
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To experience the abundant life promised by Jesus, believers must confront and overcome the adversaries that hinder their spiritual journey. These adversaries include sexual sins, idolatry, hatred, anger, unforgiveness, and drunkenness. However, the process of overcoming these challenges is not a one-day task or a solo effort. Just as the Israelites conquered the Promised Land step by step, believers must walk in faith and rely on Jesus for each battle.

The narrative unfolds as Joshua faces the northern kings led by Jabin of Hazor, who mobilized a vast army against the Israelites. Despite being outnumbered 10 to 1, God assured Joshua of victory, emphasizing the importance of immediate and complete obedience. The Israelites, guided by faith and trust in God, defeated the northern kings, demonstrating that no enemy can prevail against those who have God on their side.

The victory extends to the kings and territories conquered by the Israelites, emphasizing the fulfillment of God's promises. The narrative underlines the significance of seeking the counsel of the Lord and avoiding self-driven decisions. The division of the land among the tribes showcases the faithfulness of God in fulfilling His promises, with only disobedience hindering the Israelites' progress.

The subsequent chapters reveal the continued guidance of God as Joshua leads the distribution of the land among the tribes. Caleb's boldness in claiming the mountain promised to him serves as a powerful example of faith in action. The tribes of Joseph, Ephraim, and Manasseh receive their inheritances, each facing unique challenges that require faith and obedience.

However, a recurring theme emerges – the danger of complacency and spiritual laziness. The assembly at Shiloh symbolizes a congregation becoming comfortable, neglecting their mission to possess the land. Joshua's question resonates today, urging believers to actively engage in their spiritual journey rather than succumbing to complacency.

The narrative concludes with Joshua's inheritance, illustrating exemplary leadership marked by faith, humility, and a selfless concern for others. This echoes the humility of Christ, who, like Joshua, sought the well-being of others above Himself.

This powerful message is shared by Calvary Chapel West Jacksonville, under the leadership of Pastor Allen Victor.  If led to do so you may contribute to the ministry at CCWJ at:

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