Joshua Chapter Eleven (Part One)

Introduction: A key idea in the book of Joshua is that God blesses obedience. Today, we hope to discuss the conquest of northern Canaan

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Read Joshua 11:1-15

C. Conquest of Northern Canaan. There is a huge coalition gathered against Joshua and his army. God reassures Joshua that he will be victorious.

Joshua and his army attacks the coalition. The enemy is completed destroyed, horses are crippled, and chariots are destroyed. Joshua obeyed what God told Moses to tell him.

Applications -

- What do people hear about God doing through us? Notice in vs. 1 that the king heard about what God was doing through the lives of His people. What do people hear about God doing through us today?

Let’s live so that people will hear about how God is doing great things through us. This calls for our hearing and obeying God’s will. This call for our sharing with others what God is doing.

For example, we should let God use us to help people get saved and grow in the Lord. We should then tell others about how growing in the Lord is making a difference in our lives and the lives of others.

- Unity and God. Notice in vss. 1-5 how those who were not on the Lord’s side came together to fight against what God was doing. First, it is embarrassing to see the wicked having more unity than we who claim to be members of the same body - Jesus.

Our common faith and Bible based knowledge of God should move us to work together better than we do in our churches and among our churches.

Second, as strong as the wicked coalition was, God was stronger than those in the text and stronger than those we may face today. Let’s work on having more unity among believers today and trusting God to handle those who gang up against us.

- God’s speaking to the leader. Notice in vs. 6 that God has a habit of speaking to the leader, not necessarily everyone in the group. First, we should be thankful that God sends leaders to us and stays in communication with them.

Second, we should be careful about using our democratic style of agreeing to promote our own agendas, instead of simply agreeing to support what God is calling us to do through His leader.

Third, leaders should be so careful about abusing their authority and claiming that God has said things that He really did not say. Let’s work on hearing and obeying what God is saying through the leaders that He has sent into our lives.

- Faith over fear. Notice in vs. 6 that a great way to overcome fear to act in faith. Fear is an emotional response to thinking that we are in danger.

By acting on God’s word, we will see that God is able to take care of us and thereby focus on God’s protection more than the apparent danger.

Let’s work on trusting God enough to obey Him, in spite of how things seem. Think about a scared child jumping into her father’s arms, in a swimming pool.

- Being proactive. Notice in vss. 7-8 that the people of God attacked the enemy and trusted God for the results. First, there are times when God calls us to be proactive, not reactive. Think about being proactive with your health, wealth, and relationships.

Second, we can trust God to do what He promised to do. Since God handled the enemies in the text, we can trust Him to handle the issues that we face today. Let’s work on trusting God enough to obey His will about being proactive.

It should be further noted that sometimes God calls us to be proactive and sometimes He calls us to be still. Thus, we must also work on discerning God’s will for our lives.

- Destroying horses and chariots, in obedience to the Lord. Notice in vs. 9 that Joshua obeyed God, even when things were good. Instead of taking the horses and chariots as plunder, he obeyed God.

There are too many people who obey God, when they are desperate and circumstances are terrible. However, when they can see their way, they tend to start doing more of what they want, instead of what God has said.

Think about how we find time to pray with one another, in times of crisis. But we don’t have time, when things are well.

Let’s work on obeying God in the good times and bad. Having God is more important than gaining stuff as a result of disobeying God. All money is not good money. 

- Being in the right army. Notice in vss. 10-11 that one army was destroyed and one was victorious. Those who are not right with God will be destroyed. Those who are right with God and obey His will can look forward to victory.

Let’s make sure that we are in the right army. The way to be in God’s army is to make sure you have accepted Jesus as your savior and giving diligence to living by God’s will.

Conclusion: Let’s work on obeying God. God has much for those obey His will.

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