BETTER TOGETHER: Journey To The Promise
Joshua 2:8-11 (ESV) Before the men lay down, she came up to them on the roof 9 and said to the men, “I know that the Lord has given you the land, and that the fear of you has fallen upon us, and that all the inhabitants of the land melt away before you. 10 For we have heard how the Lord dried up the water of the Red Sea before you when you came out of Egypt, and what you did to the two kings of the Amorites who were beyond the Jordan, to Sihon and Og, whom you devoted to destruction. 11 And as soon as we heard it, our hearts melted, and there was no spirit left in any man because of you, for the Lord your God, he is God in the heavens above and on the earth beneath.
The Exodus is one of my all-time favorite OT stories. It is so clearly a depiction of God’s love, grace, mercy, leadership, forgiveness and hope in our own lives. It is hard not to see the Israelites as hard-headed, stubborn, and forgetful. About the time God rescues from one calamity the find themselves in another. It is our Journey from Slavery to Promise.
The Journey to the Promise
The spies (Joshua and Caleb)
The unbelieving nation
Rueben, Gad and the ½ tribe of Manasseh
This is not unlike us. As we are learning what it means to be a people together, there are those that will fall somewhere on a spectrum. Where you place yourself will determine if you will enjoy the promises
Those Who Are On The Journey:
The Doubters – The spies did not believe God or that He was enough (Numbers 13:1-14:9)
The Scared – The nation did not Trust God (Numbers 14:10-25)
The Satisfied – Were satisfied “Land flowing with milk and honey!” (Numbers 32)
The Curious – Was in awe of God (Joshua 2; 6:17, 23, 25
The With – Followed God (Joshua 6:7)
The Leaders – Carrying the Presence of God (Joshua 6:8-9)
The Dreamers – Speaking the Vision of God (Joshua 6:17-19)
Separate held some back from the promises of God! Together allowed them to experience God’s best!
HOW DO WE MOVE INTO THE PROMISES GOD HAS FOR US AS C3 CHURCH? PUSH – Pray Until Something Happens!
2 Corinthians 10:3 (ESV) For though we walk in the flesh, we are not waging war according to the flesh. 4 For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds. 5 We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ.
1. The Power of OUR Prayers
2 Chronicles 7:14 (ESV) IF my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.
“This is not the prayer of a single person. It is a prayer of a people. “If” we get ourselves together in prayer, united for the same purpose, then we unleash the greatest power of the Kingdom. Entire nations will be healed in these days through the power of humble, united prayer, from the gathered church.” Ps. Phil Pringle, “The Art of Prayer” (p. 7)
2. The Position of OUR Prayers
James 5:16 (NKJV) The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.
Ps. Jurgen Matthesius, in his book Push, suggest that if there is effective prayer that avails much, then there must also be ineffective prayer that does little. PS Jurgen suggest 3 Influencers of our prayers:
Belief about who God is
Belief about who we are
Belief about what we have been given (spiritual authority)
Jesus said “ALL authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples…” Jesus gives to us the backing of heaven as we carry out His plans for our lives. When we understand who He is, who we are, and what He has given, we will be unstoppable.
3. His Presence Surrounds OUR Promises
Matthew 19:26b (ESV) WITH God all things are possible.
As Joshua marched around the walls of Jericho, it was the Ark, the presence of God that was drawing a circle around the very thing he had promised! Our prayer partners with the Holy Spirit to lead us to what He has promised. Hint: If God’s presence isn’t there when you reach your “promise”, then He probably wasn’t the one that gave it to you.
Learn to Pray – It is a skill to be developed.
Pray with Others…OUT LOUD! – We pray from a position of victory!
Pray with Lists – Pray with focus.
Track Your Prayers and Answers – Celebrate God’s gifts and provision.
Fight First with Prayer – It should be your most used and closest weapon.
Join the Fight – Join us for our NOW! March around our promises!