Conquering The Promised Land
Summary of the Sermon by Senior Pastor Djohan Handojo, at Bethany International Service, on 11 February 2018
To conquer the Promised Land, God made a covenant with Abraham. Genesis 12:1-3 - “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you. “I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.”
Abraham responded. It is very important to respond to the Word of God. Abraham went to the Promised Land. God kept on reminding Abraham on His promises to him that He will bless him and his descendants.
God has promised us as well, to bring us to the Promised Land (not in the literal sense), which is a place to prosper and be blessed.
God blessed Isaac and Jacob. Joseph had a vision. God wants us to rely totally on Him. Joseph didn’t grumble through difficult times. Joseph rose to become the second most important man in Egypt. There was reconciliation with his brothers who had tried to harm him. Our hearts are very important - to forgive those who wrong us. He brought his whole family to Egypt. The new Pharaoh didn’t know anything about Joseph and started to treat the Hebrew people as slaves. The Israelites cried out to God. When we experience difficulties, let us come to God and cry out to Him.
God raised Moses to deliver the Israelites. God will fight for us. We cannot face the many challenges ourselves. Let us walk with God to enter the Promised Land.
BEFORE ENTERING THE PROMISED LAND THERE MUST BE:
1. TOTAL TRUST IN GOD - JOSHUA 1:2-5
Joshua was afraid. Moses was a great man of God and all the Israelites respected him. Joshua was only the servant of Moses. “Who am I, can I have the same spirit as Moses?” God spoke to Joshua and encouraged him. “Be strong and take courage?” The book of Joshua mentioned that Joshua, before he died, became the servant of God. After going through life that depended and trusted on God, Joshua, from a servant of man, became a servant of God.
As believers of Jesus, we received the Promises of God as well. We need to trust God. When we feel weak, insecure and afraid, remember the Word of God, “Be Strong and Take Courage.” God will never leave us nor forsake us.
2. TOTAL OBEDIENCE UNTO HIS WORD AND HIS WILL – JOSHUA 1:7-8
We are travellers on earth. This is our desert land and we are on the way to our Promised Land. We can learn from Joshua that obedience brings miracles. We could read from Joshua 3:15-16, where God performed an unusual miracle for them. The river was flooded but yet when the priests started crossing, the water receded and finally they managed to cross the river successfully!
In 1 Peter 2:9, we are reminded that we are God’s chosen generation, royal priesthood and a holy nation to God. As a Royal Priesthood it is important that we know how to worship, and to come into His presence.
There is a purpose for us. God blessed the Israelites, brought them out of Egypt and brought them to the Promised Land for a purpose - to make them a Royal Priesthood. God blesses us to make us a blessing to many.
3. SANCTIFY YOURSELF – JOSHUA 5:2
Sanctification is a symbol of renewal. Sanctify ourselves through Jesus Christ, through God’s Word, and through the Holy Spirit.
1 Peter 3:15a - But sanctify the Lord God in your heart. Let the Word of God not just become head knowledge, but the Word of God lives in our hearts.
John 17:19 - Lord Jesus sanctified himself.
John 17:17 - Sanctify them by your truth. Your Word is truth.
1 Cor 6:11b - but you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and the Spirit of our God.
2 Tim 2:21 - Therefore if anyone cleanses himself from the latter, he will be a vessel for honour, sanctified and useful for the Master, prepared for every good work.