Sunday 3/17/13 Pastor Michael sermon The Pathway to Good Success Joshua 1:5-8
People want to figure out how to be successful. Most people think success is accumulating things and having fame and fortune. Many people accumulate things and still commit suicide. We must define success. Success is being the person that God has called me to be and achieving the goals God wants.
*World === External things
Get for me, I shine, I brag on my stuff
* God == Internal things
Give to others, God shines, I brag on God
God wants us to succeed first in our relationship with Him. First! Then we will get the external things later. We must have God as the priority. Then He will trust us with stuff. Many of us are waiting for our ship, our boat to come in. God wants us to get on the right ship, the right boat. All that is on the boat He will give us because it is His!
The children of Israel were in the wilderness for forty years and they had no concept of success. God was telling Joshua how to be successful. Where we come from does not mean we cannot get to success. God can change our life around! Don’t let our history, our past define our future, our life. God is telling Joshua what it takes to be successful even when they had no model of success. All the children of Israel ever saw was bad because they were slaves in Egypt and then forty years of wandering in the wilderness.
***God Says to Have Success >>>
1) Have the Right Book verse 8 : God was talking about the Old Testament, the Torah, the books of Moses. God wanted Joshua to study the Bible to see how God works. God was here BEFORE we got here and He will still be here AFTER we leave. In Genesis God created the heaven and the earth. God spoke it. His word made it all. God speaks and ALL have to obey! We need to get back into the Old Testament to see what God did and get ourselves encouraged today. God healed them then, He will heal us now. God provided for them then, He will provide for us now! God said study in “this book”, the Old Testament, the Torah, the Law. God did not say any book. God said the Bible!
No other book can do what God’s word, the Bible does. Only it can give us life! There is power in the Word of God! This book is more important than food! This book is what we turn to for encouragement. In it, God will supply all our needs. In it, no weapon formed against us shall prosper! In it, God will bring us out! What we are going thru is just a stepping stone to our next level. Our healing is in this book!
2) Do It His Way: Some of us are not getting blessed because we are not doing it his way. Don’t expect to be blessed when you are “shacking up”! Go down to the court house and get married! We are not getting blessed because we want God to bless our mess. God won’t get in our mess but wants to clean up our mess! He came to clean up our mess with Spiritual Ajax!! God can do it like no one else can do! God is there but people are acting like He is not there. Don’t get confused! God will give us our blessing at the right time. Stop walking around acting like God doesn’t love us! Don’t walk around with a bad attitude either.
3) Have the Right Behavior: God will feed us no matter where we are. He gave the children of Israel manna in the wilderness. They focused not on them being fed in the wilderness but on it being the same type of food everyday. God fed them manna and they ate it for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Baked manna, broiled manna, fried manna and boiled manna. They complained about this. We need to stop complaining and focus on the blessings that we have from God. If we change our thinking, we can change our behavior. Don’t go by your feelings. Do it because it is the right thing, no matter how you feel. The Bible says “as a man thinks in his heart, so is he”. Think right! Don’t think you are a failure but a success! See your success before it comes! The Bible says “call those things that be not as though they are”! We are in transition-passing thru to our next level! Our Destiny! Say to your neighbor, I’m going somewhere! Change your mindset! I can have what God says I can! No weapon formed against me shall prosper!
4) Have Right Belief – Faith: Go and possess the promise. Go get it! God gave the children of Israel an exercise in faith by telling them to go to Jericho and walk around the city seven times. The first six times they walked around silently, not saying a word. They had to have faith in God to do what He said. The enemy was watching them walk around the city but they did it. The seventh day, the seventh time,
God told them to shout. It didn’t make any sense to them but God was testing them to see if they would be obedient to Him. The children of Israel walked around the city, shouted and the walls fell down flat! The walls were the barrier to the blessing. Our faith is what we need to get thru the wall. When we get to the wall, we need to Shout Out our Faith!
SHOUT OUT OUR BLESSING!!!! SHOUT OUT OUR DELIVERANCE!!!! The Shout of Faith took the children of Israel from being slaves to being in a place of Good Success! Good Success is a place where only God can take us and people will know that ONLY God could have done it!!