LIVING TO CAPACITY – PT 1

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LESSONS FROM THE LIFE OF JOSHUA
THE LAST FEW WEEKS, I HAVE BEEN TEACHING A SERIES ON “LIVING TO CAPACITY”. HOW MANY OF US REALLY LIVE OUR LIVES TO THE CAPACITY THAT GOD WANTS US TO LIVE? BY OBEDIENCE, TRUST, AND PRAYER JOSHUA BECAME THE RECEPIENT OF EVERYTHING THAT GOD HAD PROMISED HIM. ARE WE LIVING TO CAPACITY?

1. FAITHFULNESS
JOSHUA WAS A FAITHFUL MINISTER. THE WORD “MINISTER” MEANS TO SERVE, ATTEND, OR CONTRIBUTE. JOSHUA WAS FAITHFUL TO THE LORD AND OBEYED. JESUS HIMSELF WAS FAITHFUL. HE WAS SUBJECT TO HIS PARENTS. HE WAS “FAITHFUL” IN THE LITTLE THINGS FOR 30 YEARS. THE FATHER STATED “MY BELOVED SON…WELL PLEASED.”
MATTHEW 25:21 “HIS LORD SAID UNTO HIM, WELL DONE, THOU GOOD AND FAITHFUL SERVANT: THOU HAST BEEN FAITHFUL OVER A FEW THINGS, I WILL MAKE THEE RULER OVER MANY THINGS: ENTER THOU INTO THE JOY OF THY LORD.”

2. DISTINCT CALL
JOSHUA 1:5 SAYS “THERE SHALL NOT ANY MAN BE ABLE TO STAND BEFORE THEE ALL THE DAYS OF THY LIFE: AS I WAS WITH MOSES, SO I WILL BE WITH THEE: I WILL NOT FAIL THEE, NOR FORSAKE THEE.” WHAT AN AWESOME PROMISE THAT GOD GIVES TO HIS CHILDREN.IF WE ASK IT WILL BE GIVEN AND IF WE ASK IN HIS NAME IT SHALL BE DONE. IF WE FOLLOW THE CALL OF GOD, KNOW THAT HE WANTS US TO SUCEED AND BE BLESSED ABUNDANTLY. HE WANTS US TO EXPERIENCE HIS POWER IN OUR LIVES. HE WANTS US TO HAVE ALL THAT HE HAS PROMISED.
PHILLIPIANS 3:14 SAYS “I PRESS TOWARD THE MARK FOR THE PRIZE OF THE HIGH CALLING OF GOD IN CHRIST JESUS. WE ARE TO PRESS, PUSH, AND GO FORWARD WITH THE CALLING HE HAS PLACED ON US SO THAT HIS WILL CAN BE ACCOMPLISHED THROUGH US. THIS CALLING IS NOT OF OUR WORKS, BUT ACCORDING TO HIS OWN PURPOSE AND GRACE.

3. INDWELLING WORD OF GOD
JOSHUA 1:8 SAYS “THIS BOOK OF THE LAW SHALL NOT DEPART OUT OF THY MOUTH; BUT THOU SHALT MEDITATE THEREIN DAY AND NIGHT, THAT THOU MAYEST OBSERVE TO DO ACCORDING TO ALL THAT IS WRITTEN THEREIN: FOR THEN THOU SHALT MAKE THY WAY PROSPEROUS, AND THEN THOU SHALT HAVE GOOD SUCCESS.”
THERE ARE NO SHORTCUTS! WE ARE TO MEDITATE DAY & NIGHT!

CONCLUSION:
WE RARELY LIVE TO THE CAPACITY THAT GOD EXPECTS US TO LIVE .WHAT WOULD OUR LIVES BE LIKE IF WE TOTALLY SURRENDERED TO THE LORD IN OUR MINISTRY, IN OUR DAILY LIVING, AND IN THE INDWELLING OF THE LORD IN OUR LIVES? HOW MUCH RICHER WOULD OUR LIVES BE IF WE TRUSTED IN HIS WORD TOTALLY WITHOUT RESERVATION AND IN THE POWER OF PRAYER?
WE NEED TO STUDY THE BIBLE FROM COVER TO COVER, GENESIS TO REVELATION. DO YOU REALIZE THAT THE MAJORITY OF THE BIBLE WAS NOT WRITTEN FOR THE CONVERSION OF SINNERS BUT FOR THE PERFECTING OF THE SAINTS?

ARE YOU LIVING TO CAPACITY? I LOOK FORWARD TO HEARING YOUR THOUGHTS IN THE COMMENTS SECTION!

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