Monday, January 31, 2011

Lessons From The Sun Stand Still Fast!


Our church-wide fast was absolutely fantastic! It was excellent for my waistline (20 lbs. later) & even better for my spiritual appetite. I'm expecting so many big things this year for my life, my family & our church family! Below are the lessons that I learned from studying Joshua's life during this fast & what I shared with our church this past weekend.

How To Get From Where You Are To Where God Wants You To Be
From twitter last week-  ricklgodwin: Knowledge is NOT power! IMPLEMENTATION of knowledge is power!
4 things that you need to KNOW & APPLY  from the life of Joshua if you are going to cross over into all that God has for your life.

1. You Need To Know & Apply The Power of a POSITIVE SPIRIT.  
“They gave Moses this account: “We went into the land to which you sent us, and it does flow with milk and honey! ... But the people who live there are powerful... 30 Then Caleb silenced the people before Moses and said, “We should go up and take possession of the land, for we can certainly do it.” 31 But the men who had gone up... spread among the Israelites a bad report about the land they had explored.” Numbers 13:27-32
“24 But because my servant Caleb has a different spirit and follows me wholeheartedly, I will bring him into the land he went to, and his descendants will inherit it. 36 So the men Moses had sent to explore the land... died of a plague before the LORD. 38 Of the men who went to explore the land, only Joshua son of Nun and Caleb son of Jephunneh survived.” Numbers 14:36-38

2. You Need To Know & Apply The Power of PRAYER
 "7 Now Moses used to take a tent and pitch it outside the camp some distance away, calling it the “tent of meeting.” Anyone inquiring of the LORD would go to the tent of meeting outside the camp.11 The LORD would speak to Moses face to face, as one speaks to a friend. Then Moses would return to the camp, but his young aide Joshua son of Nun did not leave the tent." Exodus 33:7,11
"12 On the day the LORD gave the Amorites over to Israel, Joshua said to the LORD in the presence of Israel:  “Sun, stand still over Gibeon,  and you, moon, over the Valley of Aijalon.” 13 So the sun stood still, and the moon stopped...” Joshua 10:12-13

3.  You Need To Know & Apply The Power of OBEDIENCE
“But be very careful to keep the commandment and the law that Moses the servant of the LORD gave you: to love the LORD your God, to walk in obedience to him, to keep his commands, to hold fast to him and to serve him with all your heart and with all your soul.” Joshua 22:5
“14 Now fear the LORD and serve him with all faithfulness... choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve... But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD. 24 And the people said to Joshua, “We will serve the LORD our God and obey him.” Joshua 24:14, 24

4.  You Need To Know & Apply The Power of a PROMISE.  
“For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us.” 2 Corinthians 1:20
“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