A Place to Serve - Dec 16 & 17

A PLACE TO SERVE

“God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another. 1 Peter 4:10 NLT

“For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.”   Ephesians 2:10 NKJV

GAINING THE CONFIDENCE TO SERVE. See Joshua 1:1-18.

““Be strong and courageous,” Joshua 1:6a NLT

“Be strong and very courageous…”  Joshua 1:7a NLT

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous.””  Joshua 1:9a NIV

“…Only be strong and of good courage.””  Joshua 1:18b NKJV

TWO REASONS JOSHUA LACKED COURAGE

·      THE PERSON HE FOLLOWED

“For no one has ever shown the mighty power or performed the awesome deeds that Moses did in the sight of all Israel.” Deuteronomy 34:12 NIV

·      THE ASSIGNMENT GOD GAVE HIM

“When the LORD your God brings you into the land which you go to possess, and has cast out many nations before you, the Hittites and the Girgashites and the Amorites and the Canaanites and the Perizzites and the Hivites and the Jebusites, seven nations greater and mightier than you,” Deuteronomy 7:1 NKJV

HOW CAN I GAIN CONFIDENCE?

1)    LET GO OF YOUR DOUBTS

“Yes, be bold and strong! Banish fear and doubt! For remember, the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9 TLB

“Whoever doubts is like a wave in the sea that is driven and blown about by the wind.” James 1:6b GNT

WHY DO WE DOUBT?

·      WE DOUBT WHEN WE COMPARE

“When they measure themselves by themselves and compare themselves with themselves, they are not wise.” 2 Corinthians 10:12b NIV

·      WE DOUBT BECAUSE OF OUR PAST FAILURES

2)    LOOK FOR GOD’S PROMISE

“I promised Moses I would give you this land, so I will give you every place you go in the land.” Joshua 1:3 NCV

“Now I am about to go the way of all the earth. You know with all your heart and soul that not one of all the good promises the Lord your God gave you has failed. Every promise has been fulfilled; not one has failed.” Joshua 23:14 NIV

THREE PROMISES OF GOD HE GIVES WHEN WE SERVE HIM

    ·      STRENGTH

“No man shall be able to stand before you all the days of your life; as I was with Moses, so I will be with you. I will not leave you nor forsake you.” Joshua 1:5 NKJV

·      SUCCESS

“This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.” Joshua 1:8 NKJV

·      SUPPORT

“Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9 NIV

3)    LAUNCH OUT IN FAITH

“Then Joshua issued instructions to the leaders of Israel to tell the people to get ready to cross the Jordan River.” Joshua 1:10 TLB

“If you wait for perfect conditions, you will never get anything done.” Ecclesiastes 11:4 TLB