1. Hello, listening friends, and welcome to this broadcast.
2. We always look forward to bringing you new series of messages, as we will do today.
3. And this is the very first series of messages I’ve ever brought you, whose title is a question.
4. And the question is this—
5. You want me to do what?
6. And it is taken from my study of the book of Joshua in the Old Testament of the Bible.
7. I hope you’ll tune in for each episode in this entire series as we learn together to follow the call of God.
8. I know that I have asked that question many times of God.
9. Many times I’ve said to the Lord, “You want me to do what?”
10. And I am convinced that as I challenge you to fulfill God’s call in your life, you are going to say, “You want me to do what?”
11. And over the next several messages, I will share with you exactly what God wants you to do
12. and how God will help you accomplish this calling.
13. And so, as we begin this new series of messages, let us read from chapter 1 beginning verse 1 in the book of Joshua.
14. So the first thing God wants us to do is to step up.
15. Every single one of us is like Joshua, standing on the threshold of great work.
16. The work of God in the Old Testament was left up to the prophets and the priests.
17. But in the New Testament, all believers in Jesus Christ are called to be prophets and priests.
18. Therefore, not a single follower of Christ listening to me today can say, “That’s not for me.”
19. Joshua’s task is our task.
20. Joshua’s call is our call.
21. And when God calls us to do His work, God always gives you all the encouragements you need.
22. Three times, God encouraged Joshua in just a few verses.
23. For Joshua, his task was to conquer a fortified city called Jericho.
24. For you, it may be a colleague at work or a neighbor with a hard heart.
25. And that person might be opposed to even hearing about Christ.
26. That person could be harsh on the outside, but desperate on the inside.
27. So let’s look at how Joshua faced his fortified city.
28. When God called Joshua to step up and do the work that God called him to do, it was a time of crisis, confusion, and upheaval.
29. It was a time of powerful enemies on the outside and moral decline on the inside.
30. And we are living in one of those times today.
31. On the outside, we face wars and violence.
32. But on the inside, people are turning away from the truth in order to follow what is easy.
33. And the world needs to see people who love God and His Word more than comfort.
34. Look with me again at chapter 1 of the book of Joshua.
35. The first few verses tell us that the great leader, Moses, has died.
36. And now it is Joshua’s time to step up into leadership.
37. Some of you may be feeling the call of God upon your life,
38. but you have misgivings.
39. Some of you may feel inadequate.
40. Some of you are saying with Joshua, “You want me to do what?
41. Be a witness for Christ?
42. Tell how Christ saved me?”
43. If that’s how you feel, you’re not alone.
44. Joshua’s heart was probably skipping several beats when God called him.
45. And that is why God had to encourage Joshua three times.
46. I think Joshua was very contented to live under Moses’ leadership.
47. Many of you are contented with the fact that somebody else is doing all the work.
48. But here’s the reality-
49. the work of the Lord will not be accomplished until all His followers step up.
50. And just as God was preparing Joshua for forty years, God will prepare you for His work.
51. God will encourage you and minister to you.
52. Imagine how Joshua must have felt in this situation.
53. God had called Joshua to lead God’s people against a fortified city.
54. And these people were a young nation with an inexperienced army.
55. And they were facing an ancient civilization with a well-trained military.
56. God’s people were tent dwellers, looking up at a fortified wall of stones and mighty gates.
57. But just as Joshua had God’s provision, so do you.
58. Jesus said to His disciples, “Lo, I will be with you always, therefore go.”
59. All that God is asking you to do is to step up.
60. Say, “Here I am.”
61. God will carry you.
62. God knew that He was going to carry His children across the river Jordan.
63. God was going to carry His children past the walls of Jericho.
64. God was going to carry His children all the way to the other side.
65. But they had to show up.
66. God’s people had to be prepared.
67. God’s people had to be ready to win.
68. God’s people had to be ready for victory.
69. God’s people had to be ready to obey God’s instructions.
70. All they needed to do is to step up.
71. So the question of this series of messages is, “You Want Me To Do What?”
72. The first answer to that question is, step up.
73. God is giving us three calls to encourage us today.
74. Whenever you go into Satan’s territories, he is not very happy.
75. But remember this-
76. God never gives us a command without provision.
77. God never gives a command without a promise.
78. In verse 5 of chapter 1, God gives Joshua an encouragement.
79. “No one will be able to stand up against you all the days of your life.
80. As I was with Moses, I will be with you. I will never leave you nor forsake you.”
81. God says that He will never abandon Joshua.
82. In fact, God said it three times.
83. Why three times?
84. Because you can be absolutely sure that Joshua was terrified and he needed three affirmations one after another.
85. First, God gave Joshua an encouragement in the promise of God.
86. Second, God gave Joshua an encouragement in the Word of God.
87. Third, God gave Joshua an encouragement in the presence of God.
88. Encouragement number one for Joshua is the promise of God.
89. Look at chapter 1 verse 6 of the book of Joshua.
90. “Be strong and courageous, because you will lead these people to inherit the land I swore to their forefathers to give them.”
91. When you are serving God’s purpose,
92. when you are sharing God’s message of salvation,
93. when you are witnessing on behalf of God,
94. you can do God’s work with courage, because God promised it and God will not fail you.
95. God reminded Joshua of His promise to Abraham that God’s people will enter into the Promised Land.
96. Over four hundred years, the people waited.
97. But God will not forget His promise, no matter how long it takes.
98. When you tell other people about what God has done in your life,
99. God will keep His promises to you.
100. And when you trust in God’s promises, you will have confidence.
101. You will not be worried about rejection or results.
102. You will not be worried about perceptions.
103. You will not be worried about critics.
105. Because you are trusting in the promises of God.
106. Encouragement number two for Joshua was in the Word of God, as we see in verses 7 and 8.
107. And verse 8 says, “Do not let this book of the law depart from your mouth.
108. Meditate on it day and night so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.”
109. My listening friend, please listen very carefully.
110. God’s Word has power in it.
111. Obey it and experience its power firsthand.
112. Oh, you might have some setbacks,
113. you might face some mockery,
114. you may face stiff opposition,
115. but if you stand firm, you’ll be amazed at how quickly the others will crumble.
116. God said to Joshua
117. that true prosperity and success will come from holding tenaciously onto the Word of God.
118. Encouragement number three for Joshua was in the presence of God.
119. Look at chapter 1 verse 9 of the book of Joshua.
120. “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified. Do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”
121. I can imagine Joshua after two encouragements, still shaking at his knees.
122. Joshua had received the promise and the Word of God, but he still had doubts.
123. So God had to encourage Joshua for the third time.
124. And God said to him that He would be walking right beside him, in front of him, and behind him all the time.
125. Joshua probably was thinking after the first two promises, “What good will the promise and the Word of God would do me when I am at the heat of the battle?”
126. “What good will the promise and the Word of God do me when I face these giants with spears?”
127. That is why God said, “You have My promise; you obey My Word. But what is even more than that, you have My presence and I will stick to you closer than your own skin.”
128. There is no secret for victory here. It is all revealed.
129. When you have intimacy with God on a daily basis,
130. when you are listening to God on a daily basis,
131. when you trust in the presence of God moment by moment,
132. God will give you victory.
133. And I pray that God will give you victory today.
134. And I hope that you’ll join us again in the next message as we continue learning how to follow God’s call.
135. Until next time, I wish you God’s richest blessing.