Posted by: pastortomvabeach | April 1, 2019

Thought For The Week April 7, 2019

Pastor Doug Crabb did a great job teaching us about “Seeking God’s Face”, yesterday.  In our Life Group last night we challenged us all to practice the application that Pastor Doug did at the end of the service for a week.  If you want to check it out, let me know and I’ll email you a copy.

In his Thursdays with Tony message, Dr. Tony Evans shared some thoughts about living in victory that I thought would be good to pass on to us all.  It’s called Go Get It!

“God has given each of us over 5,000 promises in Scripture.  But He’s not going to force anyone to live in the victory of His fulfilled promises.  You have to go get them.  Like Joshua who had been promised that He would be given any piece of land where his foot walked (Joshua 1:3), he had to go get it.  He couldn’t stand where he was and simply claim victory over all of his enemies.  There are four key principles to going and getting the promises God has made. L et’s look at them briefly here.

“1. Leave the Past Behind.  Learn from yesterday; don’t live in it.  As Joshua set out to take the Israelites on a military conquest across enormous geographical areas, he had to let go of Moses as the leader and commander.  As we see in Joshua 1:1-2, Moses had died.  The miracles Moses had performed for the Israelite people existed now in the past.  God would use a new man and a new plan to secure their victories moving forward.   Embracing that truth was critical for their progress.

“2. Seize Your Spiritual Inheritance.  As I mentioned in the opening paragraph, Joshua had to take steps of faith in order to secure the promises made by God.  God gave a condition to the receiving of his victories.  He had to place the sole of his foot where he may normally be afraid to do so.  He had to do that in faith.  Sitting around and waiting for God to simply dump your spiritual promises on you is not how God operates.  You have to go get it!

“3. Focus on God and Not People.  Joshua 1:5 says, No man will be able to stand before you all the days of your life.  Just as I have been with Moses, I will be with you; I will not fail you or forsake you.  No doubt Joshua faced oversized, overpowering enemies as he sought to gain military victories and conquer the land.  But God assured him of his victory.  Had Joshua focused on the people in his way, he might have cowered in fear.  Likewise, when you direct your focus to God and His assuring Word, you can reduce fear and doubt in your own life.  Keep your eyes on your Source, and only your Source. 

“4. Stay Tethered to God’s Word.  Lastly, a critical element to Joshua’s conquests was his consistency in staying tied to God’s Word.  We read in Joshua 1:7, Only be strong and very courageous; be careful to do according to all the law which Moses My servant commanded you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, so that you may have success wherever you go.  God’s Word gives wisdom about what to do, when to do it and how to gain spiritual victories in the midst of physical limitations or obstacles.  As you move forward in life, meditate on and apply the truth of Scripture, you will gain insight into how to accomplish all God has in store for you.”

These are marvelous steps to put into practice to claim God’s promises.  I especially like the thought that we must focus on God and not on people, and I would say, circumstances.  It is so easy to let contrary situations or contrary people deter us from what God has called us to.

I think this is a good word for our church as we step into the promises that lay before us for the future.  God has made many promises to us as individuals and as a church.  We will have to trust Him and maybe even step into the flood waters in order to see the miracles begin to happen.  I’m ready to keep moving forward.

Maybe you’re waiting for one or many promises and you have wondered why they aren’t happening.  Have you really taken the steps to go and get them?  Maybe a reread of Joshua 1 and pondering the things God told the Israelites at that point will help you focus your faith and go after the promises with all you have.  Let’s do it together!  Just a thought.

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