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June 8, 2014 | Claiming our Canaan : Part 2


Dr.  Burnie R.  Burnside


Joshua 1:1-13


Riding the fence in the spiritual journey, somewhere between Egypt and Canaan, is a miserable place to be. You’ve got enough of the world still in you that you can’t enjoy Jesus, and enough Jesus in you that you can’t enjoy the world. Stuck in the middle you’ll do nothing but meander in misery! You’re saved, but not at all satisfied.


Every person here today is in one of these 3 locations:


* In Egypt, still in slavery to sin, and you need to be saved.

* In the wilderness, saved, but going nowhere other than in circles. You’re not much closer to God than you were the day you got saved.

* In Canaan, excited, growing, having the joy of the Lord. They’re not a wilderness wanderer, but a giant conqueror!


This chapter shows us 3 principles that are necessities to claiming our Canaan:


PREPARATION: “Get your provisions ready” (v. 11). We need a new diet on God’s Word.



Power. “...Three days from now you will cross the Jordan to go in and take possession of the land the LORD your God is giving you for your own.” (v. 11).


“Three days” = resurrection power.  Joshua said we’re making our move in 3 days ... they were going in with God’s power!


Our challenge this morning was to go to the next level with God.


Philippians 3:10  “I want to know Christ - yes, to know the power of his resurrection...”


If we want to live victoriously there will be giants to face and walled cities to attack. But we don’t have to face them alone...we CAN’T face them alone and have any success.


Philippians 4:13  “I can do all this through him who gives me strength.”


We will NEVER Possess the Promise until we experience the Resurrection Power of Jesus in our hearts, homes, and church!!


As long as we are content to live in our spiritual wilderness, we will NEVER experience the POWER of the HOLY SPIRIT in our lives.


Preparation, power...


Possession:  “But to the Reubenites, the Gadites and the half-tribe of Manasseh," Joshua said, "Remember the command that Moses the servant of the LORD gave you after he said, 'The LORD your God will give you rest by giving you this land.' Your wives, your children and your livestock may stay in the land that Moses gave you east of the Jordan....”  (vv. 12-14a)


This was land on the wrong side of the Jordan, and some of the tribes were enamored with it. This wasn’t the promised land.


“East-siders” settle for less than God’s best.


It’s easy for Christians to get into a “comfort zone,” and never reach the “end zone.”


Don’t be an east sider. Don’t settle for less than God’s best!

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