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Possessing the Promised Land
May 29, 2016      |     By: Jonathan Brickley      |      Category: Sermons

The journey that Israel took, what the Lord was doing with them, what it meant for them to possess the Promised Land, and how that applies to us today. 

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I Corinthians 10:11
11 Now these things happened to them as an example, but they were written down for our instruction, on whom the end of the ages has come.
Egypt (Red Sea)
Desert (Jordan River)
Promised Land
Joshua 5:13-15
13 When Joshua was by Jericho, he lifted up his eyes and looked, and behold, a man was standing before him with his drawn sword in his hand. And Joshua went to him and said to him, “Are you for us, or for our adversaries?”
14 And he said, “No; but I am the commander of the army of the Lord. Now I have come.” And Joshua fell on his face to the earth and worshiped and said to him, “What does my lord say to his servant?”
15 And the commander of the Lord's army said to Joshua, “Take off your sandals from your feet, for the place where you are standing is holy.” And Joshua did so.
Joshua 11:23
23 So Joshua took the whole land, according to all that the Lord had spoken to Moses. And Joshua gave it for an inheritance to Israel according to their tribal allotments. And the land had rest from war.
Joshua 13:1
1 Now Joshua was old and advanced in years, and the Lord said to him, “You are old and advanced in years, and there remains yet very much land to possess.
What WAS it for Israel?
Hebrews 3:11
11 As I swore in my wrath, ‘They shall not enter my rest.’”
What is it for us?
Hebrews 4:8-11
8 For if Joshua had given them rest, God would not have spoken of another day later on.
9 So then, there remains a Sabbath rest for the people of God,
10 for whoever has entered God's rest has also rested from his works as God did from his.
11 Let us therefore strive to enter that rest, so that no one may fall by the same sort of disobedience.
II Corinthians 10:3-5
3 For though we walk in the flesh, we are not waging war according to the flesh.
4 For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds.
5 We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ,
Stronghold:  A faulty pattern of thinking based on a lie or deception. 
The building blocks of ALL strongholds are lies. 
NOT:   Bad Habits / Addictions / Self Discipline Problems
II Peter 1:3
3 His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence,
How do we Destroy/Overthrow/Tear Down/Remove Strongholds in order to Possess the “Promised Land” and obtain our inheritance of “Rest”?
1) Identify the Stronghold
2) Confess it & repent.  Remove legal ground.
3) “Weapons of our warfare”
4) Stop Trusting In Yourself.
“To be disappointed in yourself is to have trusted in yourself”
Joshua 10:42
42 And Joshua captured all these kings and their land at one time, because the Lord God of Israel fought for Israel.
neglectful and dull about the return of Jesus.
3. Hastening: We are actually called to speed and accelerate the Day of the Lord in this age through.
            1) Gospel of Kingdom to all nations - Mt. 24:14
            2) Praise in all the Earth - Isa. 42:10-15
            3) Holiness & Godliness - 2 Peter 3:11,12
I believe that the second coming should be the heart of our hearts and the heart of our mission. 
I believe that the second coming should determine the way and where we live. 
I believe that the second coming should be the primary determiner of how we spend our time and money in this age.  
I believe that if we are healthy disciples we will long for, wait for, and hasten the second coming of Jesus. 

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