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Be Strong And Courageous - Obey

Cross-superhero-shield-icon Read Joshua 1:5-6. What did God promise Joshua when He told him to lead the people to their inheritance from Him (Joshua 1:5)?

If God was going to give Joshua the victory, why did he need to be strong and courageous to fulfill his calling (Joshua 1:6)?)

God calls us to overcome sin, fight spiritual battles, and minister to others. Why do we need to be strong and courageous to fulfill our calling?

Describe a time you needed strength and courage to obey God.


Unlikely Heroes - THE STORY: Chapter 7 - “The Battle Begins”

This week in THE STORY we examine Chapter 7 - “The Battle Begins.”

Jericho

Monday: Read Joshua 1:5-6. What did God promise Joshua when He told him to lead the people to their inheritance from Him (Joshua 1:5)? If God was going to give Joshua the victory, why did he need to be strong and courageous to fulfill his calling (Joshua 1:6)?) God calls us to overcome sin, fight spiritual battles, and minister to others. Why do we need to be strong and courageous to fulfill our calling? Describe a time you needed strength and courage to obey God.

Tuesday: Read Joshua 1:7-8. What did Joshua need to do to succeed in his calling (Joshua 1:7)?  What did he need to do to ensure he obeyed God (Joshua 1:8a)? What would result from doing this (Joshua 1:8b)? What can you learn from this that applies to what God calls you to do?

Wednesday: Read Joshua 1:9. Why else should Joshua be strong and courageous (Joshua 1:9)? What can you learn from this when obeying God seems scary, difficult, or even impossible? Today, where do you need the strength and courage God gives?

Thursday: Read Joshua 2:1 and Joshua 2:8-11. Do you suppose God viewed Rahab as a “woman of sin” or a “woman of faith? (See Hebrews 11:30-31) Who in your life needs to be viewed through “grace-colored glasses”?

Friday: Read Joshua 24:14-15. What did Joshua tell the people to do based on all God had done for them (Joshua 24:14)? What choices did he give them (Joshua 24:15a)? What choice did Joshua and his family make (Joshua 24:15b)? Imagine Joshua were speaking to you now. What choice would you make?

Saturday: Read Joshua 24:15. Joshua is known for the statement “as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD.” What habits and attitudes do you practice in your family, or have you seen in other families, that are good examples of leading a household in serving the LORD? How can you claim or reclaim soae of these practices in your family life routine?

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Bible passages covered in chapter 7 are all from Joshua: 1:1-11, 16-18, 2:1-16, 22-24, 6:1-17, 20-26a, 27, 8:1-2, 10-22, 25, 30-31a, 34-35, 10:1-28, 40-43, 11:1-15, 23, 23:1-5, 14-16, 24:1-15, 24-31.


Faithful Obedience

Enter-sign-pointing-right Read Deuteronomy 30:11-18. Moses set before the people the blessings they would enjoy if they obeyed the Lord God, and the curses they would suffer if they abandoned him. What was the way of prosperity?

What was the way of death and destruction?

What is the relationship between faith and obedience?

Where in your life do you see the strongest and the weakest link between your faith and obedience to that faith?


Be Strong In Remembering

Gps_icon5 Read Deuteronomy 6:1-9. The time for Moses to pass on leadership to Joshua drew near and so he drew the Israelites together. What did Moses call the Israelites to hear?

What were they to do?

How does the way Moses told them to treat God’s commands emphasize their importance and the necessity not to forget them?

What is something you do to know and remember God’s commands?


Little Faith = Problems

Gps_icon4Read Numbers 20:1-5. The rebellious people who saw God’s mighty hand free them from the Pharaoh wandered in the desert, their grumbling hearts still bitter.

Slowly the rebellious generation died out. After 40 years in the desert the next generation returned to Kadesh where their parents had rebelled. They found no water. How did this generation repeat the sins of their fathers?

What lesson for your life can you take from this episode in Israel’s journey?


God Will Help

Gps_icon3 Read Numbers 14:11-23. According to the Lord, how were the people treating him (v. 11)?

What were they refusing to do (v.11)?

What had He done for them to show He would complete the work He’d begun?

How would God punish the rebellion?

What is God calling you to do that seems hard?

Will God call you to anything that He won’t help you to do?