Patricia Okello 29th September 2013 (Joshua 10:1-15)Patricia Okello, September 29, 2013
Part of the Sunday series, preached at a Sunday Morning service
"Go the extra mile with God."
Role models. People today look to celebrities for role models. Q: are they good role models? Are we basing it on looks? Joshua good model. Every situation he faced, we went to God with it. Might not get everything right, go to God in it, and He will fix my mistakes.
Joshua 10:1-15. Joshua great leader. Story so far: Joshua made decision without consulting God re: Gibeon. "Go the extra mile with God." Sometimes feels like everyone against you. Joshua's response: God has given me this land, not to be intimidated, but to be all God has called us to be. Don't be rude or confront people, but hold head high, go onto what God has called us to be. Not about us and what we can do, about what God can do through us. Use us, imperfect as we are, God can use us in our lives!
Story. Elton places vision of who Deanna can be in her, so she wins the race. God does the same for us - He is our dad, our Father, who breathes his breath of life in us! God called us into greatness - how much more this should resonate in us!
Come back to that child-like faith. Don't argue, don't question, just grab hold of it! Like Deanna - don't question legs, size, just accepts words from Elton to go onto win!
Not possible because of us, but it's possible because of Him! We need to believe what God says about us, not what other people say about us.
God says to Joshua: whatever ground you step on, is yours. Q: what has God declared over you and your life? God has declared truth over your life. But need to move with this. Joshua: wherever you *step* will be yours - so he marched everywhere, taking men with him to do this. We need to do this in our personal life and walk. Life is hard, challenging, but I have placed my breath in your life. Called to do far better things, see that happening in our lives. Need to take up mantle and run with it. Begin to raise that up inside us, called to be part of something bigger.
Declare God's victory over your circumstances. God has given you victory into your future. "Not about who you are, but who He is."
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1Now it came to pass, when Adoni-zedek king of Jerusalem had heard how Joshua had taken Ai, and had utterly destroyed it; as he had done to Jericho and her king, so he had done to Ai and her king; and how the inhabitants of Gibeon had made peace with Israel, and were among them; 2That they feared greatly, because Gibeon was a great city, as one of the royal cities, and because it was greater than Ai, and all the men thereof were mighty. 3Wherefore Adoni-zedek king of Jerusalem sent unto Hoham king of Hebron, and unto Piram king of Jarmuth, and unto Japhia king of Lachish, and unto Debir king of Eglon, saying, 4Come up unto me, and help me, that we may smite Gibeon: for it hath made peace with Joshua and with the children of Israel. 5Therefore the five kings of the Amorites, the king of Jerusalem, the king of Hebron, the king of Jarmuth, the king of Lachish, the king of Eglon, gathered themselves together, and went up, they and all their hosts, and encamped before Gibeon, and made war against it. 6And the men of Gibeon sent unto Joshua to the camp to Gilgal, saying, Slack not thy hand from thy servants; come up to us quickly, and save us, and help us: for all the kings of the Amorites that dwell in the mountains are gathered together against us. 7So Joshua ascended from Gilgal, he, and all the people of war with him, and all the mighty men of valour. 8And the LORD said unto Joshua, Fear them not: for I have delivered them into thine hand; there shall not a man of them stand before thee. 9Joshua therefore came unto them suddenly, and went up from Gilgal all night. 10And the LORD discomfited them before Israel, and slew them with a great slaughter at Gibeon, and chased them along the way that goeth up to Beth-horon, and smote them to Azekah, and unto Makkedah. 11And it came to pass, as they fled from before Israel, and were in the going down to Beth-horon, that the LORD cast down great stones from heaven upon them unto Azekah, and they died: they were more which died with hailstones than they whom the children of Israel slew with the sword. 12Then spake Joshua to the LORD in the day when the LORD delivered up the Amorites before the children of Israel, and he said in the sight of Israel, Sun, stand thou still upon Gibeon; and thou, Moon, in the valley of Ajalon. 13And the sun stood still, and the moon stayed, until the people had avenged themselves upon their enemies. Is not this written in the book of Jasher? So the sun stood still in the midst of heaven, and hasted not to go down about a whole day. 14And there was no day like that before it or after it, that the LORD hearkened unto the voice of a man: for the LORD fought for Israel. 15And Joshua returned, and all Israel with him, unto the camp to Gilgal. (KJV)