MAN UP BIBLE SERIES
Living a LegacyLesson Three
The Real World
I don’t know about you but I love a good war movie. Today we will look at one of the greatest generals of all time:Joshua.Joshua was born a slave but following Moses out he was chosen by God to take the Promised Land.Joshua was undaunted by the unbelief of his peers. He never wavered in his vision to take the promised land. He was fearless in battle and was a godly man at home. Joshua was the total package! Just writing about him makes me want to be a better man!Joshua faced every crisis head on! There is no other way to follow God’s will then to just step out! I hope in today’s lesson you will be inspired to step out and follow the Lord’s will. Be Courageous for God is will you!
The Real Word
Joshua Installed as Leader1After the death of Moses the servant of theLord, theLordsaid to Joshua son of Nun, Moses’ aide:2“Moses my servant is dead. Now then, you and all these people, get ready to cross the Jordan River into the land I am about to give to them—to the Israelites.3I will give you every place where you set your foot, as I promised Moses.4Your territory will extend from the desert to Lebanon, and from the great river, the Euphrates—all the Hittite country—to the Mediterranean Sea in the west.5No one will be able to stand against you all the days of your life. As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you.6Be strong and courageous, because you will lead these people to inherit the land I swore to their ancestors to give them.7“Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go.8Keep this Book of the Law always on yourlips; meditateon it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.9Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for theLordyour God will be with you wherever you go.”10So Joshua ordered the officers of the people:11“Go through the camp and tell the people, ‘Get your provisions ready. Three days from now you will cross the Jordan here to go in and take possession of the land theLordyour God is giving you for your own.’”Crossing the Jordan3Early in the morning Joshua and all the Israelites set out from Shittim and went to the Jordan, where they camped before crossing over.2After threedays theofficers went throughout the camp,3giving orders to the people: “When you see the ark of the covenant of theLordyour God, and the Leviticalpriests carryingit, you are to move out from your positions and follow it.4Then you will know which way to go, since you have never been this way before. But keep a distance of about two thousand cubits[a]between you and the ark; do not go near it.”5Joshua told the people, “Consecrate yourselves, for tomorrow theLordwill do amazing things among you.”6Joshua said to the priests, “Take up the ark of the covenant and pass on ahead of the people.” So they took it up and went ahead of them.7And theLordsaid to Joshua, “Today I will begin to exalt you in the eyes of all Israel, so they may know that I am with you as I was with Moses.8Tell the priests who carry the ark of the covenant: ‘When you reach the edge of the Jordan’s waters, go and stand in the river.’”9Joshua said to the Israelites, “Come here and listen to the words of theLordyourGod.10This is how you will know that the living God is among you and that he will certainly drive out before you the Canaanites, Hittites, Hivites, Perizzites, Girgashites, Amorites and Jebusites.11See, the ark of the covenant of the Lord of all the earth will go into the Jordan ahead of you.12Now then, choose twelve men from the tribes of Israel, one from each tribe.13And as soon as the priests who carry the ark of theLord—the Lord of all the earth—set foot in the Jordan, its waters flowing downstream will be cut off and stand up in a heap.”14So when the people broke camp to cross the Jordan, the priests carrying the ark of the covenant went ahead of them.15Now the Jordan is at flood stage all during harvest. Yet as soon as the priests who carried the ark reached the Jordan and their feet touched the water’s edge,16the water from upstream stopped flowing. It piled up in a heap a great distance away, at a town called Adam in the vicinity of Zarethan, while the water flowing down to the Sea of the Arabah (that is, the Dead Sea) was completely cut off. So the people crossed over opposite Jericho.17The priests who carried the ark of the covenant of theLordstopped in the middle of the Jordan and stood on dry ground, while all Israel passed by until the whole nation had completed the crossing on dry ground.
What is God calling you to do that will require real courage?Are you strong and courageous in you everyday living?What is the legacy you want to leave?
What can we learn from Joshua:God is calling us to be courageous. How we respond to that determines our legacy. (Joshua 1:9)God empowers those in His will. Joshua was filled with God, led by God, and obedient to the will of God. (Joshua 1:1-9)Joshua’s courage gave others courage. Priests led the battle and stepped out in the Jordan. (Joshua 3: 1-17)Joshua was a leader because he was a great follower. He followed the Lord and no one else! (Joshua 5: 13 – 15)Taking a stand may cost you everything! (Joshua 24:14)
Time to Close
Man I get charged looking at the life of Joshua! He is an example of what God can do with one person who is 100 percent committed to following the will of God! Joshua was never let down or defeated because he placed his confidence in God alone! The reality is that it takes courage to be a Christian man in today’s world!Guys, there are no do overs in this life. You get one chance to cross your Jordan, conquer your Jericho and take your land. You have the ability to decide who you and your house will serve. What do you want your farewell speech to be as you head out the door? I should have? I didn’t? I wish I would have? The reality is you are writing your farewell speech each day of your life! This is not a dress rehearsal. It is time toMAN UP!