Sunday, November 27th, 2011
What Happens In The Promised Land?
This day I will begin to exalt you.
Joshua 3:7 (NKJV)
The day Joshua crossed the Jordan was the day God began to exalt him (make him famous). Joshua was in preparation for leadership under the legendary Moses for a long time--40 years. Joshua was a positive, diligent, and faithful man who loved God, but he was afraid of the last leg of the trip.
'Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous! Do not tremble or be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go' (Joshua 1:9). Joshua walked through fear, entered the promised land, won amazing battles, and the rest is glorious history.
What promises can God's performers expect if they follow God's call? Is their promised land here or in Heaven? Both! As future king David said amidst his many struggles, 'I would have lost heart, unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living' (Psalm 27:13). He saw it.
We can see it, too. The entertainment industry is an exciting frontier, and it is part of the kingdom of God. It can be found within His will. Since God loves us immeasurably, He will direct us to places we can fulfill our calling, multiply our talents, and help others along the way.
Read and believe God's promises to Joshua upon entering the Promised Land. Included in the Book of Joshua are these guarantees:
1. 'I will give you every place where you set your foot, as I promised Moses' (1:3)
2. 'No one will be able to stand up against you all the days of your life' (1:5)
3. 'I will never leave you nor forsake you' (1:5)
4. 'You will be prosperous and successful' (1:8)
5. 'You will know which way to go' (3:4)
6. 'The Lord will do amazing things among you' (3:5)
7. 'He did this so that all the peoples of the earth might know that the Hand of the Lord is powerful' (4:24)
8. 'Shout! For the Lord has given you the city!' (6:16)
I believe each of us must choose where we will live. How we will live. Whom we will serve. Do we stay in Egypt to serve the Pharaoh? Do we settle for slavery or allow others to be slaves? 'Slavery,' you might laugh. 'We are free.' So said the scribes and Pharisees (see John 8:33.) Yet, they were in bondage to Rome, to a comfortable lifestyle, to arrogance, and to sin.
We have a choice: life or death, blessing or cursing, freedom or bondage. God says, 'Choose life.' Leave Egypt. Pass through the wilderness and enter the promised land of God. Stake His flag of hope.
Joshua fought for the Jews. Jesus fought for all mankind. And He won. Your job is to spread the good news. Where better to speak than from a sound stage?