Strategy for Living God's Plan

Joshua 1:1-9 (MSG)
After the death of Moses the servant of GOD, GOD spoke to Joshua, Moses’ assistant:
“Moses my servant is dead. Get going. Cross this Jordan River, you and all the people. Cross to the country I’m giving to the People of Israel. I’m giving you every square inch of the land you set your foot on—just as I promised Moses. From the wilderness and this Lebanon east to the Great River, the Euphrates River—all the Hittite country—and then west to the Great Sea. It’s all yours. All your life, no one will be able to hold out against you. In the same way I was with Moses, I’ll be with you. I won’t give up on you; I won’t leave you. Strength! Courage! You are going to lead this people to inherit the land that I promised to give their ancestors. Give it everything you have, heart and soul. Make sure you carry out The Revelation that Moses commanded you, every bit of it. Don’t get off track, either left or right, so as to make sure you get to where you’re going. And don’t for a minute let this Book of The Revelation be out of mind. Ponder and meditate on it day and night, making sure you practice everything written in it. Then you’ll get where you’re going; then you’ll succeed. Haven’t I commanded you? Strength! Courage! Don’t be timid; don’t get discouraged. GOD, your God, is with you every step you take.”

Success – not talking about success in worldly terms, but Biblical and spiritual. Success = “Living the plan of God for your own life.”

Where are you with this? How’s your life going? Busy. Hectic. Frustrating. Exciting. Thrilling. Exhausting. Stressful. Peaceful. Contented. All of the above?

Here’s what I believe God wants for you and for me and for all of us:
“Living the plan of God for your own life.”

God succinctly and specifically laid out for Joshua how to live out the plan of God for his own life.
1. Drop what you’ve got.

  • The Lord told Joshua, after 40 years of a wilderness life, get up now – here’s My plan – lay yours down – and go. Drop what you’ve got going and go do My greater plan for your life.
  • It’s not that our plans are bad. Not that having a plan is evil. Not that having dreams aren’t important.
    The point is: Go. Face the obstacles. Confront the enemy. Resist the temptation to be content in the wilderness when God’s plan is a Promised Land.

How do I know God’s plan?

  • Commit your life to Christ and become a part of His family.
  • Commit to the habits that will help you grow spiritually.
  • Use your talents and abilities and gifts and experiences to serve God and others.
  • Share Jesus with others.

So, living the plan of God starts with dropping what you’ve got.

2. Step out in boldness and courage.

  • Joshua – big task. Move forward. Move in boldness and courage.
    God said to Joshua, “Everything before you is yours. In the same powerful, miraculous way I was with Moses, I’m going to be with you. I won’t give up on you. I won’t leave you. Strength! Courage! You are going to lead this people to the land I promised those who have gone before you.”
  • I believe the same God of Moses and Joshua is our God. And I’m naive enough and simple enough to believe that this same God wants you, and He wants me, to live the plan He’s marked out for us.
  • And what you and I have to do is believe. We have to have the simple – radical – life-changing faith and trust that He is with us. He won’t give up on us. He won’t leave us. He’s got our back!

Courage. Inner strength. Where does it come from?

  • First: From the Lord.

  • Isaiah 40:31 (KJV): But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.

  • Second: From experience.

3. Give it everything you have, heart and soul.

  • Can I just help you here for a moment with your life?

Whatever it is you are to do, do it with all your heart.
• You want to be successful and excel at work?
1. Get there 15 minutes early.
2. Take 10 minutes off your lunch hour.
3. Stay 10 minutes later than quitting time.
4. Make an appointment with your supervisor. Ask for 10 minutes. Ask, can you tell me what you’d really like to see accomplished here?
Then say, “I’ll do all I can to help you achieve it.” Then do it!


School
1. Sit up front.
2. Take notes and, when you get home, go over them and perfect them.
3. Please the teacher. Success in school is finding how and what the teacher wants and doing it like they want.
It isn’t about whether or not you like her/him…think they are a good teacher or not, fair or unfair.
Welcome to the real world! It’ll always be like that. Get over it. Get over yourself. Pay now – play later.

Give it all you’ve got. That’s what God wants from me. Whatever my assignment is – doing it with all my heart and soul is what pleases Him. And doing it with all my heart and soul is what opens doors for my future.

Please drop whatever you’ve got. Whether it be the scars you’ve got, gave yourself or others.
We are all covered with cuts from carelessness. Sometimes it seems we have more scars than skin, more sins than sainthood. More dirt than divinity. But all these things are washed away in grace.

Today, we’ve got walls to tear down, and bridges to build, and brothers to build up.
Press your hand against your chest. Feel that? Your heart beats like mine and as far as I can tell, we’re all in this humanity together.
So please drop whatever you got. Whatever crowns, credit, or accomplishments…
Whether ability or identity or eccentricity…
Whether masks, monograms, or money…
Whether artistry, chemistry, or tragedies…
Whatever zip codes or dress code or whatever props you up or knocks you down…
Whatever makes you laugh or makes you cry…
Whatever you thought gave you life or made you die…
Whatever pain, shame, or guilt…
Whatever walls you’ve built – whatever lifestyle or life’s trials…
Whatever trophies or testimonies…
Whatever stories, scars, or secrets…
Whatever regrets, or valleys or victories or histories or unsolved mysteries…
Whatever we have –whatever we are, today, let’s leave what hurts us and leave with what heals us. Let’s drop what stops us and find what fuels us.

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