Sunday, January 8, 2012

Familiarity Breeds Complacency: What You Know Can Destroy You!

I will give you every place where you set your foot, as I promised Moses. Joshua 1:3

On The Brink Series

Sermon Title: Familiarity Breeds Complacency: What You Know Can Destroy You!

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Theme: Breaking Old Ties, Remembering Covenants & Building New Strategic Alliances for the Future!

The Fall of Jericho: 13 Now when Joshua was near Jericho, he looked up and saw a man standing in front of him with a drawn sword in his hand. Joshua went up to him and asked, “Are you for us or for our enemies?”14Neither,” he replied, “but as commander of the army of the LORD I have now come.” Then Joshua fell facedown to the ground in reverence, and asked him, “What message does my Lord have for his servant?”15 The commander of the LORD’s army replied, “Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy.” And Joshua did so.

Book of Joshua is about Conquest.

  • Land of Promise (Abraham, Moses, Caleb)
  • However, its capture involves retention, distribution & disposing of the wicked (w/i & w/o)

  • The people needed to have their trust put in God (Hear O Israel...Dt 6/Mark 12*)

➢Breaking Old Ties: (...But we’ve always done it that way!)

Human beings are creatures of habit

  • We want what’s familiar because it resonates with our senses
  • Our senses were not given to us from God to replace God...but rather to grasp the beauty of God’s handiwork around us.
    • When we use our sense to predict our future outcomes, we become our own god

Example #1 Children of Israel during the exodus

  • Looked back to Egypt longingly and wished for its resources & security*
  • Preferred a decent burial in bondage than a good living with God in the wilderness
  • God granted their preference and all men military age & older died in the wilderness

Example #2 Descendants of the Children of Israel during the Jordan Crossing

  • Moses is Dead*!”...The Lord was trying to get His people to recognize the leadership shift; the positional shift; the resource shift; location shift.

  • The people needed to have their trust put in God (Hear O Israel...Dt 6/Mark 12*)


✩I’m with you as I was with Moses

✩Joshua lost it in Chapt 7 (God helped him by telling him to consecrate)

➢Remembering Covenants: (Back to the basics...Chapt 5)

  • They crossed in the Canaan
  • Take off your shoes
  • Then they re-instituted a few things: Circumcision (Gilgal= rolling); Passover
    • Manna Ceased

➢Building New Strategic Alliances for the Future!:

  • When the Covenant was observed, God sent Heaven Military Might
  • *Rahab was also a new ally was introduced in Chapt 2


  • Define your default (familiar) weakness when you’re frightened by success?
  • Define your default (familiar) strength when you’re threatened with failure?
  • Are you familiar with God’s Covenant with us? Familiarize yourself with every detail.
  • Is God for you or against you today??

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