- Sermon Notes
Called to More
Illus. First week of full time ministry.
When we are called to more, it can often be overwhelming and seem beyond our ability to manage. It is there that the Lord wants to remind us that he is
with us and though we may not feel ready, we have been called to more.
In Joshua chapter one, Moses has died and the Israelites have mourned the loss of this great leader for 30 days. Before his death, he commissioned Joshua to lead the people of Israel into the land of God’s promises.
Joshua has an incredible history with these people, but he has been a servant to Moses, rather than the leader of the Israelites. There was no prophet like Moses, and Joshua, at over 80 years old, is now his successor. Despite any real or perceived inadequacy, he was being called to more.
When circumstances seem more than we are equipped for or can handle, we have to recognize that His promises remain and as His people are called to more than defeat, more than mourning. Rather, we are called to rise up in times such as these, there is more ahead.
Read Joshua 1:1-9
In these scriptures, we see that God is calling Joshua to another opportunity. He is calling him to more than he would require or ask of himself.
In his life, Joshua displayed an uncommon faith. His faith, prepared him for this particular moment. Prepared by faith and with God as his guide, Joshua would again rise up and step into the next season.
I. Faith Prepares You
- God gives Joshua specific orders, “Arise, cross this Jordan, you and all this people, to the land which I am giving them.”
- In order to fully understand and take a hold of what is happening in this moment, we need to understand that Joshua had been exerting great faith throughout
- He was there through it all, all of the complaining, all of the faithlessness. He was walking through the desert for 40 years… but he remained
faithful to God and to Moses.
Hebrews 11:1, Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.
- It was Joshua’s faith that prepared him for where God would call him next.
- When we live our lives with faith and purpose, we embrace a different perspective.
A. Choose a faith filled perspective
- This perspective filled with faith is not what the world will see, in fact, many often won’t even seek it.
- It is the ability to go into a situation and recognize that if what you see and God’s word don’t line up, God’s word wins.
- Faith can move mountains the scripture says, but first you have to take a hold of it.
Illus. - In Numbers, Moses sent 12 spies to go look at the land of Canaan, of the 12, only Joshua and Caleb were standing in a place of faith.
- They all went and looked at the same land, yet the 10 other spies came back faithless: “This land flows with milk and honey and there is fruit, but the people are strong, the cities are fortified and large. This land devours people, and its inhabitants are of great height, we are grasshoppers compared to them.”
- The people of Israel grumbled against Moses and Aaron. Joshua and Caleb did not see it this way.
- Joshua and Caleb saw a good land, flowing with milk and honey, they were ready to go, ready to trust in God declaring, “He will bring us there.” They
maintained a faith filled perspective, rather than a faithless perspective.
Illus. – Trusting the right sources.
- 10 see discouragement, fortified cities, hard times, and difficulties.
- Joshua and Caleb remain firm. They knew the source behind their faith.
Illus. – Speaking with some pastors about the church launch.
- When you put your trust in God, you look at your circumstances differently.
Zechariah 4:6 ‘Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the Lord Almighty.
- A faith filled perspective recognizes the key to victory.
- We will always have the option to read or trust news articles and make a decision based upon faith in man.
- I will choose to make decisions based upon trust in God.
- Despite Joshua and Caleb’s faith, they were outnumbered.
- They didn’t give up, however, they stayed with the Israelites and endured the desert.
B. By faith, you endure
- When you know God uses difficulties to prepare you, you endure.
- Joshua and Caleb were ready to go into the Promised Land 40 years earlier, they didn’t deserve to be in the wilderness for 40 years.
- They were confident in God and their confidence in Him did not waiver when His promised land was not immediate
- They endured what would come, even if they had hoped it would be different.
Illus- In Exodus 17 we see an incredible story, where Moses sends Joshua into battle. When Joshua heads into battle, Moses, Aaron and Hur all head up a hill. When he holds his hands up, Joshua and the Israelites prevail and when he grew tired and let his hands down, the Amalekites prevail.
- If it were me, I might feel a little bit slighted by all of this…I am down here fighting a battle and these guys get to walk up the hill and
hold Moses’ hands?
- He trusted that he was in the battle field for a reason, he kept on fighting.
- There was a reason God had Joshua in the trenches. If God wants me in the trenches, then there I need to be.
- We endure, trusting that we are in each season for a reason.
John 15:4-7 “Abide in me…”
Illus. Communication with an infant.
- When we trust God, we can abide in Him, knowing that He will get us where we need to be and when we need to be there.
- Following him with a willingness to endure, knowing that we are being prepared for what is ahead.
- Were there difficulties in 2016? Sure, but we have a new year ahead. I believe this year would be a call to more for God’s people, for you, and for
II. Arise and Press Forward
- God had been preparing Joshua throughout his life and now we see another calling to rise up and press forward.
- God reminded him, “Just as I have been with Moses I will be with you, I will not fail or forsake you” (Vs. 5).
- There was a greater calling for Joshua, there was more to be done.
Philippians 3:14, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
- God is preparing you for greater things, but before you get there, you will feel stretched beyond belief.
- There remains a greater call to more. A call to rise up.
A. Be Strong and Courageous
- Moses had told Joshua in Deuteronomy 31 to be strong and courageous. The Lord then gives His charge to Joshua to “be strong and courageous” three times…Then
the people he is leading also say it.
- Joshua was entering into a new season; God was with him. These words must have been so encouraging, to know that God was with him.
Illus. Cherokee Indian Legend.
- To be strong is to remain firm, to stand tall.
Psalm 62:6 “He alone is my rock and my salvation, my stronghold..
- Verse 9, “Do not tremble or be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
- I imagine the boy pursuing his right of passage to manhood. How would his perspective have changed if he knew his dad was watching over him?
- Don’t forget that God is with you always, even in the darkness of night or in the valley, He is with you.
B. Trust God’s Word
- In verse 7, God told Joshua to be careful to do according to the Word which Moses gave him.
- He then told him not to turn from it, to the right or to the left, so that he would have success wherever he went.
2 Timothy 3:16, All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.
- In verse 8 He continues, meditate on it day and night.
- God tells Joshua that he needs to meditate on His word day and night so that he would be able to do what the Word tells him.
App – To meditate the eastern way is to empty your mind, but to meditate God’s way is to fill your mind what is good. The Hebrew word recorded here is “hagah” which is a murmur or utterance.
- Joshua is to meditate on the scripture day and night so that his way will be prosperous.
- He was called to more, yes, but in moving forward, he would need to be continually reminded and filled with the right source.
Philippians 4:8, Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things.
- God was taking Joshua out of his comfort and directing him into a call for more. This call would be a new level and a culmination of all God had done
in and through him.
- I doubt this was the comfortable option, but this call to more would represent an entry into the land he had waited 40 years for.
Illus. Certain types of Eagles.
Joshua 1:1-9 NASB
1 Now it came about after the death of Moses the servant of the Lord, that the Lord spoke to Joshua the son of Nun, Moses' servant, saying, 2 "Moses My servant is dead; now therefore arise, cross this Jordan, you and all this people, to the land which I am giving to them, to the sons of Israel. 3 Every place on which the sole of your foot treads, I have given it to you, just as I spoke to Moses. 4 From the wilderness and this Lebanon, even as far as the great river, the river Euphrates, all the land of the Hittites, and as far as the Great Sea toward the setting of the sun will be your territory. 5 No man will be able to stand before you all the days of your life. Just as I have been with Moses, I will be with you; I will not fail you or forsake you.
6 Be strong and courageous, for you shall give this people possession of the land which I swore to their fathers to give them. 7 Only be strong and very courageous; be careful to do according to all the law which Moses My servant commanded you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, so that you may have success wherever you go. 8 This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it; for then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have success. 9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous! Do not tremble or be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go."