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Conquest & Commitment
A quiz: Who are the following people?
Shammau, Shaphat, Igal, Palti, Gaddiel, Galdi, Ammiel, Sethur, Nahbi and Geul
No one remembers these ten spies who said the land couldn’t be taken. But I don’t even have to list multiple choices for you to recall the 2 who were committed to conquest. [Joshua and Caleb]
Did you ever notice how most of the people
who have really affected this world for the good have been people who had a
great drive for accomplishment? Not necessarily a desire to make themselves
great, but an unfailing desire to do great things. They had a spirit that
would not give up, even in the most discouraging of times. Abraham Lincoln
faced many losses in congress before he finally was elected as President.
Thomas Edison went through hundreds of filaments before he found the right
one that would bring about the light bulb. Many of the great discoveries of
our world today came about because of an undying determination.
1:1-5 – “every place - all the country - no
one stand against - not forsake you”
If we seek God’s power and blessing, things
we never thought possible can happen.
- Greater than the driving force of conquest is the rudder of commitment. If
you put a car in gear and step on the gas, you are in danger unless there is
someone behind the wheel to steer the car.
After 9/11 President Bush used a phrase that is commonly used by politicians, “stay the course.” He said we would “stay the course” in our fight against terror. To stay the course is “to stand firm in pursuing a goal or course of action, to persevere in the face of whatever challenges or obstacles one may encounter.” I was curious as to the origin of this term so I looked it up on the internet. The first use of the phrase in print, in 1885, comes from another sort of “course,” the racetrack. “To stay the course” in this sense referred to the ability of a horse to endure the race and reach the finish line, preferably in a winning position.
Ill- One day a kindergarten teacher was helping one of her students put on his cowboy boots? He asked for help and she could see why. Even with her pulling and him pushing, the little boots still didn’t want to go on. They got one boot on. Finally, when the second boot was on, she had worked up a sweat. She almost cried when the little boy said, "Teacher, they’re on the wrong feet." She looked down and sure enough, they were.
It wasn’t any easier pulling the boots off than it was putting them on. But she managed to keep her cool as together they worked to get the boots back on - this time on the right feet. And it was only then that he announced, "These aren’t my boots."
She bit her tongue rather than scream, "Why didn’t you say so?" like she wanted to. And, once again she struggled to help him pull the ill-fitting boots off his little feet. No sooner had they got the boots off than he said, "They’re my brother’s boots. My Mom made me wear ’em today."
Stifling a scream, she mustered up the grace and courage she had left to wrestle the ill-fitting boots on his feet again. Helping him into his coat, she asked, "Now, where are your mittens?"
To which he replied, "I stuffed ’em in the toes of my boots."(Contributed to Sermon Central by: Ken Kersten)
That teacher had a challenging day! She needed to stay the course.
There are some things in life you can always depend on to be constant:
-The sun will rise in the morning.
-The sun will set in the afternoon.
-Gravity will continue its pull.
-The republicans and democrats will continue
-Water will continue to be wet.
-Wives will tell their husbands how to drive.
-Husbands will not listen to their wives
“Be so dependable that if you say you will be somewhere and don’t show up, they will send flowers.”
Joshua was dependable in at least two ways:
· He continued to serve faithfully even in old age.
Ill- The apostle Paul said "I have kept the faith." He served and was dependable until the very end.
· He was a prayer warrior for Moses.
All of Israel had to learn over the years to leave the world behind or suffer for it.
[based on material from Dean Rhines & Leland Patrick]
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