Joshua 1:1–9 (ESV)
1 After the death of Moses the servant of the LORD, the LORD said to Joshua the son of Nun, Moses’ assistant, 2 “Moses my servant is dead. Now therefore arise, go over this Jordan, you and all this people, into the land that I am giving to them, to the people of Israel. 3 Every place that the sole of your foot will tread upon I have given to you, just as I promised to Moses. 4 From the wilderness and this Lebanon as far as the great river, the river Euphrates, all the land of the Hittites to the Great Sea toward the going down of the sun shall be your territory. 5 No man shall be able to stand before you all the days of your life. Just as I was with Moses, so I will be with you. I will not leave you or forsake you. 6 Be strong and courageous, for you shall cause this people to inherit the land that I swore to their fathers to give them. 7 Only be strong and very courageous, being careful to do according to all the law that Moses my servant commanded you. Do not turn from it to the right hand or to the left, that you may have good success wherever you go. 8 This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. 9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.”
I. THE FEAR OF JOSHUA TO CROSS-OVER JORDAN
II. THE FEAR OF JOSHUA TO TAKE-OVER THE LEADERSHIP
III. THE PROMISES AND ASSURANCE OF GOD TO JOSHUA
A. He was assured of complete victory
1 John 5:4 For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith.
B. He was assured of His power
Acts 1:8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you,
2 Timothy 1:7 for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.
C. He was assured of His presence
Matthew 28:20 Behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
D. He was assured of His providence
Philippians 4:19 And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.
IV. THE DIRECTION AND CONDITION BY GOD TO JOSHUA
A. Be strong and courageous (2x)
B. Observe the law of the Lord
Failing does not make you a failure.
Failing does not make you a faithless.
Quitting after you fail makes you a failure.
Only those who never give up will attain success