Pine Island Bible Church
“God’s Principles for Success in the Unknown Ahead—Realize God’s Promises”
February 28, 2021
Main Scripture Reference(s)
Joshua 15-19:

“God’s Principles for Success in the Unknown Ahead—Realize God’s Promises”

February 28, 2021 / Joshua 15-19:

Make A QUIET COMMITMENT:

  • QUIET your mind and soul before the LORD — “Be still, and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10)
  • COMMIT to obedience: Commit to doing whatever God will say to you in this message — “to obey is better than sacrifice” (1 Samuel 15:22)

We are considering the new year seeking to enjoy God’s success in the unknown ahead by applying the principles found in the book of Joshua.

2 Timothy 2:21 If a man therefore purge [cleanse] himself from these [“vessels for dishonor” i.e. corrupting influences (v. 20)], he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified [set apart], and meet [useful] for the Master’s use, and prepared unto every good work.

Our purpose is to be “vessels” that are “fit for the Master’s use.” (Our 2021 theme video message: https://youtu.be/I9USPoROuWk)

QUESTION: How will we be successful? How will we be able to faithfully follow after Him and be a useful vessel that is fit for His use?

In order to accomplish this purpose, we are to seek to be diligent in our purity, keeping from corrupting influences, and also intentionally pursue Christlike qualities with others who practice Christlike influence.

Lesson #9: Follow Faithfully: we are to diligently seek to follow the Lord faithfully as we rest in His presence, remember His promises, and rely upon His power.

GOD’S Promises (Joshua 15-19)

KEY THOUGHT: Complacency in the Christian life is the sure way of being deceived and defeated.

TARGET: Be a Conquering Caleb in a world of complacent Christianity by being a diamond in the rough glowing with dynamic faith in Christ.

Here we see the success of one who faithfully follows the Lord and realizes God’s promises versus those who faithlessly follow, failing to put their faith into action because they fail to rest in God’s presence, remember His promises, and rely upon His power.

I.  The Faith of a Nation

A.  It was Marked by (Joshua 15)

QUESTION: How often do we grow complacent in our Christianity simply being pleased with where we are not realizing the dangers that surround us?

B.  It was Marked by (Joshua 16)

QUESTION: In what ways may you be compromising? Failing to make time for to spend with God as we begin our because we are too busy… etc.

C.  It was Marked by (Joshua 17)

QUESTION: What things do you find yourself complaining about? Do you see the pride of your heart on display in those moments?

D.  It was Marked by (Joshua 18-19)

QUESTION: How often do you take on a casual attitude in your Christianity and in turn “slack off”? How often do you fail to live with intentionality, embracing the blessings that God has already provided for us?

II.  The Faith of an Individual

In lesson 9, we saw how Caleb was courageous in his faith because he trusted in the Lord’s presence. During the 40 years of wandering in the wilderness, he was able to remain consistent and committed in his faith because he trusted in the Lord’s promises. We noted that he was still conquering in his faith, in his waning years, because he also trusted in the Lord’s power.

A.  The that was Gained (Joshua 15:13-14)

B.  The that Governed (1 Timothy 6:12)

Fight [agonize] the good fight of faith, lay hold [get a grip on/ seize] on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.

Romans 8:37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him that loved us.

C.  The that was Given (Joshua 15:16-17)

QUESTION: The question that we should ask ourselves is, “What kind of redemptive influence am I giving to the next generation?”

TARGET: Be a Conquering Caleb in a world of complacent Christianity by being a diamond in the rough glowing with dynamic faith in Christ.

POINT OF ACTION: God’s promise for success in the unknown ahead are enjoyed when we realize God’s promises. Caleb was a conquering Christian because he faithfully followed the Lord. He gained his inheritance because his life was governed by intentional obedience and the fear of God. He was also faithful, having redemptive influence upon the next generation.


What Is My Next Step?

Hearing — Giving attention to God’s Word with the intent to obey it – James 1:21-25

Doing Making application of God’s Word to be more like Christ – Ephesians 4:22-24

  1. What did God show me that I must confess and forsake because it does not reflect Christ and hurts my relationship with Him and others? (Put OFF SIN)
  1. What did God show me about Himself in this text? (Renew your mind)
    1. What is He like?
    2. What does He like?
    3. What does He dislike?
  1. What does God say to me in this text? (Renew your mind)
    1. What command to obey?
    2. What promise to claim?
    3. What principle to apply (If I do ____, then God will do ___)?
    4. What example to follow?
  1. What verse(s) should I memorize and meditate upon through-out this week to help make my change lasting? (Renew your mind)
  1. In light of what I have heard from God, … (Put ON CHRIST)
    1. What character quality of Jesus must I demonstrate with God’s help this week?
    2. In what situ­ations will I most likely be tempted not to respond in a Christ-like way?
    3. How can I get ready for those situations? (If I don’t have a plan for change, it probably won’t happen.)

OUR MISSION:  Supremely love GOD, Sacrificially love others—ALL to the GLORY of GOD!

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