What you MUST do to Succeed
Joshua is told he MUST lead the people to the place God has told them about. Why?
God *had* the people in mind *then* and he has the people in mind *now*. He will also have them in mind tomorrow. He is same yesterday, today and today.
The Lord also gives Joshua an ultimatum, IF you follow my words exactly, you will be successful in everything you do.
In other words, success is yours, but only IF……
I remember meeting a lot of musicians and artist and people in College. I attended the Savannah College of Art & Design.
There was this one guitarist I met. I thought he was a really nice guy. Why? He would take me out for lunch and throw parties for the students. His name was Rob. One time I was talking with Rob about God….not sure why…I was n’t exactly being intentional about worshipping or serving God at the time.
Anyway, in one of our conversations, I remember Rob saying he could not accept a God who serves ultimatums….hmmmm. Without getting too deep here, I believe it would be impossible to have a standard without an ultimatum. Without a standard, there would be no rule for measurement. Without a standard, there would be no integrity, no repetition, no order. Without order, there would be no God. God exists because order says so. I will touch on this in another chapter.
I can’t help but think of this verse found in scripture: For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. -Hebrews 4:12
My wife Sherry says we all have attitudes in our hearts. We all thoughts. We all have a soul. Everyone has a Spirit. The word of God is alive and it discerns everything on the inside of us…so that we know what is right. And we can choose to do it.
3 Tips for Success
God gives Joshua three extremely insightful tips to help him with success:
Everyone has moments in their past where truth has proven its life changing importance. You have had those moments of awakening when you saw or heard something that had a major impact on your outlook and perspective. Remember the positive ones. For me, it’s certain bible verses and catchy one-liners of wisdom…like this one: what goes around comes around.
I’ve noticed that many of the wise sayings I’ve heard over the years are just different ways to express the ancient biblical truths of scripture…for instance…‘You will always harvest what you plant’ is part of a verse found in the book of Galatians 6:7
Remember the wise sayings and all the circumstances that may have surrounded your hearing them for the first time. Where were you? how old were you? who were you with?
Study where these words of wisdom originated. Study their contextual clues. Memorize the truths. They are life changing. They are the standard that will cause you to rise to new levels.
“God gave us memory so that we might have roses in December.”
Obey is the holy word for action. It means work. In fact, unless we want our faith to be dead, we must work. We must put action to our beliefs…we must put activity to our hopes. James 2:26 says, “Just as the body is dead without breath, so also faith is dead without good works.” NLT
IF: a powerful word
If you do these things, you will be successful. You will accomplish your purpose of leading others into their dreams of hope and freedom.