When Joshua succeeded to leadership in Israel there was no doubt in his or anyone else's mind what his commission involved. His charge was three-fold. Lead Israel across the Jordan, engage the nations in Canaan and expel them, and settle the people in their new land according to the word of God.
Leadership is unique, in the sense that it serves as a model for others to possess the promises of God to the fullest extent. But for this to occur, leaders must insist on leaving old ways behind and charting a new course, by divine leadership of the Holy Spirit.
Many of us are not pressing forward, we're sitting back while there is still land to conquer!
I like the hymn that says, "I'm pressing on the upward way, new heights I'm gaining every day, still praying as I'm onward bound, Lord plant my feet on higher ground."
Israel was about to do what she had never done before. The Lord calls us to go up on a higher plane. It's uncomfortable at times - it's difficult at times - but nevertheless, He has called us to conquer the land.
We here at Chestertown Baptist Church have much land to conquer - and, by the grace of God, we will. However, you and I must be willing to go spiritually higher than we have ever gone. Let's take the land before us. Let's inhabit the land where the milk and honey flows. Together let's accomplish what God has for us as people.
Let us be courageous and strong, let's keep our vision secure and understand that prosperity comes from following divine intervention.
God bless you! See you Sunday!