1. Hello, listening friends, and welcome to this broadcast.
2. In our last broadcast, we began a new series of messages called, “You Want Me to do What?”
3. It is taken from the book of Joshua in the Old Testament of the Bible.
4. In this series of messages, we are learning how to follow the call of God in our lives.
5. And the call of God upon our lives sometimes causes us to ask the question, “You want me to do what?”
6. That is why I used a question to name this series.
7. In our first message, we saw that stepping up to God’s call in our lives is answer number one.
8. Now, let’s get into today’s message.
9. Around you, there are many people, but in reality, they are living deep into the enemy’s territories.
10. They are living in Satan’s domain.
11. Many of them are living deep in the territories that most of us lived in before Christ.
12. Let me make this very clear. Please do not misunderstand me.
13. Your nonchristian coworkers, and your nonbelieving fellow students,
14. your nonchristian neighbors, are not your enemies.
15. They may be opposing you, but they are not your enemies.
16. They may be living under the control of the enemy’s power,
17. they may be enslaved by the enemy’s dictates,
18. they may have even adopted the enemy’s characteristics,
19. but they are not your enemies.
20. When you see your work as God’s gift to you,
21. when you see your work as God’s mission field for you,
22. when you see your neighborhood as God’s call upon your life,
23. when you see your surroundings as your God-given opportunity to penetrate deep into Satan’s territory,
24. then you are going to see the people there as potential brothers and sisters in Christ.
25. You will view them with sympathy,
26. you will view them with compassion,
27. you will view them with love and longing to help set them free.
28. In this second message from the book of Joshua, “You Want Me to do What?”
29. The first thing was to step up to God’s call on your life.
30. The second thing is to go deep into the enemy’s territories.
31. The spies went into the enemy land.
32. And they saved the one person who wanted to be saved, as well as her family.
33. Her name was Rahab.
34. These two spies in the book of Joshua understood their job was an opportunity from God to help others.
35. And my listening friend, I want to tell you that wherever you spend the majority of your time and the majority of your hours, that’s your mission field.
36. Can you imagine if these two spies had gone into enemy’s land and said to themselves, “Why don’t we just blend with these people?”
37. “Why don’t we just strike a deal with these people?”
38. Ah, but they didn’t.
40. Because they understood that they were on a mission.
41. These spies knew that they were sent there for a purpose.
42. These spies knew that they were there to fulfill God’s plan for their lives.
43. These spies knew that they were there to fulfill God’s plan for the future of His people.
44. And in many ways, your workplace, your school, or your neighborhood is your call and mission.
45. That’s God’s plan for your life.
46. That is God’s plan to save someone where you are.
47. And because these spies focused on their mission,
48. they were able to save Rahab and all of her family from destruction.
49. Now here are some mistakes that some people make.
50. Some people think that they must purify themselves before they approach God for salvation.
51. But that logic is contrary to the pure grace of God.
52. Remember, Jesus died for us while we were yet sinners.
53. Other people feel that they need to look, act, dress, and speak and live a certain way before they can be saved.
55. God saves anyone who asks His forgiveness and makes Him the Lord of their life.
56. God saves the very ones we think are impossible to save.
57. God saves those whom we think are beyond reach.
58. Jesus saved the prostitutes and the tax collectors.
59. Jesus saved the ones that the religious leaders thought unworthy of salvation.
60. The very fact that God chose to save a harlot by the name of Rahab, and her household, should be an encouragement to all of us to know that God’s grace can be for the criminal.
61. God’s grace can be for the rebellious.
62. God’s grace can be for the most unlikely person.
63. And don’t ever forget that one of the greatest examples of God’s grace was to a brutal man who persecuted the early church.
64. His name was Saul, who later changed his name to Paul, and became the great apostle of Christ.
65. And Paul ended up writing nearly one half of the New Testament.
66. Your boss may be harsh,
67. your coworker may be living an immoral lifestyle,
68. your neighbor may be angry with you all the time,
69. but none of these desperate people are beyond God’s grace.
70. And God placed you in that work environment, school, or neighborhood so that you can show them what the Christian life is all about.
71. But some of you may be asking, “Was it right for Rahab to lie in order to protect the spies?”
72. The answer is no.
73. It is never right to do the wrong thing for the right reason.
74. The Bible merely reports that Rahab lied, but the Bible does not approve of it.
75. And don’t forget that Rahab had not yet experienced God as her Lord.
76. At this point of her story, she has only heard of God.
77. And just like Rahab, there are all around you, people waiting to hear the good news of Jesus Christ.
78. Look at the book of Joshua chapter 2 verses 9 and 10.
79. She said, “I know that the Lord has given His land to you and that a great fear of you has fallen on us, so that all who live in this country are melting in fear because of you.
80. We have heard how the Lord dried up the water of the Red Sea for you when you came out of Egypt.”
81. Rahab knew that a nation of former slaves has no strength of its own to defeat the Canaanites.
82. But Rahab heard about their mighty God.
83. And now, she is delighted that she is meeting two of His children for the first time.
84. I have no doubt that wherever you are in your environment, there are people all around you who are in pain and anguish.
85. There are people all around you who are in torment and sorrow.
86. There are people all around you who are in loneliness and fear.
87. And these people are saying to themselves,
88. “I heard that Jesus saves.”
89. “I heard that Jesus heals.”
90. “I heard that Jesus transforms lives.”
91. “I heard that Jesus gives strength to the weak.”
92. “I heard that Jesus sets the captive free.”
93. “I heard that Jesus binds the brokenhearted.”
94. “I heard that Jesus forgives the burden of guilt and sin.”
95. And that person is waiting for you to speak a word of healing and forgiveness.
96. They are waiting for you to say that, “The One you’ve heard about is the One I have experienced personally. Let me tell you all about Him.
97. Because Jesus set me free from failure and inadequacy.
98. Jesus set me free from worry and anxiety.
99. Jesus set me free from fear and dread.
100. Jesus forgave all my sins and took my guilt away.
101. Jesus put my feet on a solid rock.
102. Jesus clothed me with a spiritual garment that can never be taken away.”
103. And just like God saved Rahab without regard to the sinful life that she lived before,
104. God is ready to forgive the sins of all repentant people.
105. No matter what a person has done in the past,
106. God is ready to give eternal life to those who ask for it.
107. God is ready to dispense mercy for those who cry for it.
108. God is ready to welcome all who seek Him with all of their heart.
109. That same grace that worked in the heart of a Canaanite prostitute is available for all who would ask for it.
110. And like God’s people in the Old Testament, we live in a culture that is controlled by God’s great enemy, Satan.
111. And that is why you and I must invade his territory.
112. We cannot just hide in the safety of our home.
113. But we must get behind the enemy’s line and pull to safety all those who would respond.
114. Of course, this message is directed toward those who have experienced the grace of God.
115. But there may be someone who’s listening today who has never known what it means to be set free from the slavery of sin, guilt, and oppression.
116. If you want to have eternal salvation, you can pray with me this prayer:
117. “Lord Jesus Christ,
118. I am a sinner and I know that I cannot reach heaven on my own strength.
119. Please forgive me for all of my sins.
120. I believe that your Son, Jesus Christ, died for my sins.
121. And only by believing and accepting Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior can I be saved.
122. And beginning today, I will follow you with all my heart.
124. If you have prayed this prayer with me, would you write to us and let us know?
125. Until next time, I wish you God’s richest blessing.