Category Archives: Joshua Leads

A verse by verse biblical leadership study of what we can learn today of Joshua and his journey as a leader.

Support from God. Joshua 1:5

Having support is critical to success.  I can’t think of anything more destructive than feeling unsupported, unloved, unwanted and all alone.

Without support, we are left to our own demise.

Here is some really great news: we are not meant to be left alone. It’s not apart of the plan.

However, as new leaders, its is quite easy to feel alone, especially when things seem overwhelming.

I want to share with you a few thoughts concerning the importance of support and encouragement.

I believe when we begin to the think about the details of our assignment and dream, it’s magnitude, it’s purpose and HUGE potential impact on the world, a dream thief will make aggressive and clever attempts to steal the dream by challenging our ability to make the dream a reality.

*secret: The thief tries to steal the dream by challenging us. He does not challenge the dream, the thief challenges us. The thief can’t touch the dream….because it’s Gods dream.

The only way for the dream to come to pass is for us to give voice and direction to it. We must be able to lead ourselves into the dream first. This only happens thru belief. We must believe our dream is possible. This starts with the initial conception of the dream which is planted into our hearts by the Holy Spirit of God.

By leading ourselves into the dream, we grow with each step in our personal development and leadership confidence. When this happens we attract the right people to join us and follow because it takes other people to help make the dream a reality. The dream is always about people. Always.

When we have an actualization to the boundaries of our dreams, when we begin to clearly see its borders, we may start to think about the process. We begin to think about the details. We think about how this massive dream will actually become reality. We wonder how?

If we are not careful, a thief will come to take the future of the dream by challenge our ability to lead. The thief pulls the hammer of doubt from his belt and begins to tap the nails of excuses into a coffin of unbelief…while we are in it!

If we are not careful, the dream dies before it is ever born.

The dream is aborted between conception and birth.

Our excuses try to put the clothes of explanation on so they [the excuses] are not so naked and shocking. I like what Agatha Christie says about explanations, “To rush into explanations is always a sign of weakness.”

Benjamin Franklin is noted for saying, “He that is good at making excuses is seldom good for anything else.”

Joshua had just as much of an opportunity as any of us to see the vision, get excited about the next season, and then in the next breath talk himself out it when the practicalities of making this awesome dream and national movement a reality seem quite large and impossible.

Thank God. He steps in verbally with clear words of support and encouragement for a reason. Joshua needed God’s support for the vision. So do we.

Joshua, I will always be with you and help you as I helped Moses, and no one will ever be able to defeat you.

I will always be with you and help you as I helped Moses, and no one will ever be able to defeat you. Joshua 1:5 Jay Bryan Sandifer
I will always be with you and help you as I helped Moses, and no one will ever be able to defeat you. Joshua 1:5 Jay Bryan Sandifer

Here are a few thoughts to consider:

  • Has God ever raised up leaders before?
  • If God does not Fail and God will always be with us always, hmmm… where does that leave us?
  • If God reminds us that he will never leave us and a victorious outcome is going to happen as a result of Gods power, grace, ability, comfort, support, why worry?
  • Will God forget about us?

 

 

The Details of Vision – How to be Be Specific. Joshua 1:4

When you dream about what it is you feel passionate about and begin to think about what it will look, you will most likely begin to see the details.

I like this humorous quote by Stephen Wright, “I went to a general store but they wouldn’t let me buy anything specific.”

lol…..

Specifics….Details…..Explanation….information….That is howThe Lord revealed to Joshua his call and rise into leadership.

In the of Joshua, Lord revealed to Joshua his call and rise into leadership using the necessity of specifics.

First, The Lord tells Joshua to GO.

Then, immediately after The Lord tells Joshua where to GO, Joshua is told what to expect when he gets there. BUT THEN….God shows Joshua the specifics….the details….the boundaries.

IMPORTANT: Joshua’s details and specifics about the land involved boundaries. Boundaries are extremely important to understand…without boundaries, you will find yourself spread too thin, unconcentrated and weak which will most like results in utter frustration and disappointment, check out this incredibly popular resource on BOUNDARIES by Henry Cloud.

Here are the specifics The Lord give to Joshua: It (the land) will reach from the Southern Desert to the Lebanon Mountains in the north, and to the northeast as far as the great Euphrates River. It will include the land of the Hittites, and the land from here at the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea on the west. Joshua 1:4 CEV

Everyone has his own specific vocation or mission in life; everyone must carry out a concrete assignment that demands fulfillment. Therein he cannot be replaced, nor can his life be repeated, thus, everyone’s task is unique as his specific opportunity. by Jay Bryan Sandifer

What Happens When God Tells You To Do Something? Joshua 1:3

What can you expect when you finally have your go ahead?

When you know its time to move into that place, role and position you’ve been waiting for, there are some very specific key elements used to help you build confidence in taking the plunge.

Does that make sense?

When I was 25 years old and ready to make my next move, I knew where I needed to go, I and I knew what I would be doing when I got there.

Think about it….first of all, you already know the voice of the Lord because he is the one who is telling you to step out when it’s your time to step out, right?  He is the one who is making it clear to you that it is now your time to make your move.

*What* he says after he tells you to step out is reliably ready to be used and promoted as the confidence to help you make the actual move…it’s the promise of what will happen as a result of your action in making the move. This is the expected result.

What is the result of brushing your teeth?
What is the result of washing your vehicle?
What are the results of not getting enough sleep?

Here are some of the words the Lord spoke to Joshua immediately after telling him to go and make his move. Using four different Bible versions as an example, The lord confirms the results and outcome to Joshua:

  • I will give you every place where you set your foot.
  • I have given you and all my people the entire land that you will be marching over.
  • I will give you every place you go in the land.
  • Wherever you go, I’ll give you that land.

 

I will give you every place where you set your foot. Joshua 1:3 Jay Bryan Sandifer

I will give you every place where you set your foot. Joshua 1:3 Jay Bryan SandiferYou see, the Lord first tells Joshua to: GO and DO. The Lord gives Joshua orders. Joshua receives:

  • a Directive
  • a Plana Task
  • a Task
  • a job

The Lord gives Joshua a clear and unquestionable assignment.

What will happen because you Go and Do….What can you expect? You can simply expect results, outcome, benefits.

Where God is leading you, he will make sure it is ready for you. If you are meant to conquer a thing….The lord will make sure to make it conquerable for you!

Where God Guides, He provides.

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First Serve, Then Lead -Joshua 1:1

Joshua was Moses’ minister.  He was the assistant to Moses. Joshua was the right-hand man to Moses. Joshua was the servant of Moses. Here are a few synonyms for Servant:

  • Slave
  • Helper
  • Dependant
  • Hireling
  • Minion
  • Live in
  • Waiter

In the ancient and beautiful language of Hebrew, the word used for this idea of servant sharath.

According to the Strongs Concordance The word sharath means to attend as a menial or worshipper; figuratively, to contribute to:—minister (unto), (do) serve(-ant, -ice, -itor), wait on.

Here is what the words looks like in Hebrew:

שָׁרַת 

If you are questioning your ability to lead, is your ability to serve also in question?

The greatest and most admired leaders are those who serve.

The greatest and most admired leaders are those who serve. Jay Bryan Sandifer
The greatest and most admired leaders are those who serve. Jay Bryan Sandifer

If you really think you are meant for more…to do more, be more, and become more, you first must have the experience of the assistant.

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The Time has Come For You to Lead-Joshua 1:2

There are many times I have experienced the fear, dread, and anxiety that often intercepts a particular task or assignment I know is important.

Often, I have felt the heavy, choking personal weight and loneliness of defeat even before having even begun.

Have you ever wrestled with such insecurities and darkness?

How silly …to *think* you can not do something you actually can.

I absolutely love and value how the Lord speaks encouraging words to Joshua concerning these feelings.

The Lord reminds Joshua of his assignment….the thing Joshua is supposed to do AND tells him to do it with confidence, encouraging him in his spirit, soul, and body with repeated words of assurance. Be Strong and brave …as I was with your forefathers, I will be with you. Don’t be afraid because I (the Lord) will be with you everywhere you go. I will not leave. I will not fail you.

In 2002, after engaging in a powerful workbook and devotional by John Bevere entitled Driven by Eternity, I realized I was going to stand before the creator and give an account of my life including the gifts, talents, and dreams he had placed within me.

Was I doing anything about these awesome things, or was I turning my back on them? Has I dropped them to the ground because of fear and uncertainty? My excuse bag was full.

Stopping to reflect on my individual responsibility to follow thru with a higher demand and eternal calling, I realized I need to make some inner personal changes, which I will go into further detail later.

A very clear voice spoke to me about my assignment drawing it from the depths of my spirit.

In 1993, God gave me a vision of a mountain. I climbed half way up the mountain which was easy and comfortable for the most part. I found some level ground and a whole bunch of people who had decided camp out. An entire community seemed to have been established half way up the mountain. …lots of fun and rest.

However, as comfortable and welcoming as that camp was. I knew I was to go to the top and as I looked at everyone who had climbed half way it seemed no one was interested in coming with me. I knew I had to climb alone.

What has God told you to do?

What do you believe God has promised you?

If you haven’t already started, begin your plans for accomplishment immediately.

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the time has come for you to lead these people, the Israelites, across the Jordan River into the land I am giving them
the time has come for you to lead these people, the Israelites, across the Jordan River into the land I am giving them