LIVING TO CAPACITY
LESSONS FROM THE LIFE OF JOSHUA
14 And the children of Joseph spake unto Joshua, saying, Why hast thou given me [but] one lot and one portion to inherit, seeing I [am] a great people, forasmuch as the LORD hath blessed me hitherto?
15 And Joshua answered them, If thou [be] a great people, [then] get thee up to the wood [country], and cut down for thyself there in the land of the Perizzites and of the giants, if mount Ephraim be too narrow for thee.
16 And the children of Joseph said, The hill is not enough for us: and all the Canaanites that dwell in the land of the valley have chariots of iron, [both they] who [are] of Bethshean and her towns, and [they] who [are] of the valley of Jezreel.
17 And Joshua spake unto the house of Joseph, [even] to Ephraim and to Manasseh, saying, Thou [art] a great people, and hast great power: thou shalt not have one lot [only]:
18 But the mountain shall be thine; for it [is] a wood, and thou shalt cut it down: and the outgoings of it shall be thine: for thou shalt drive out the Canaanites, though they have iron chariots, [and] though they [be] strong.
PART 2 OF THIS SERIES ON “LIVING TO CAPACITY” DEALS WITH HOW JOSHUA CHALLENGED THE CHILDREN OF JOSEPH AS THEY BOASTED AND COMPLAINED ABOUT EVERYTHING. JOSHUA CHALLENGED THEM TO GET UP AND STOP LIVING ON PAST BLESSINGS. HE ENCOURAGED THEM TO GET OVER THEMSELVES AND TRUST IN THE GOD THAT PROMISED THEM THE LAND.
1. CAUSE FOR COMPLAINT
JUST LIKE US TODAY, THE CHILDREN OF JOSEPH COMPLAINED ABOUT WHAT THEY DIDN’T HAVE. THEY WERE RESTING IN PAST BLESSINGS. THEY FELT IF GOD HAD BLESSED JOSEPH THEN SURELY HE SHOULD BLESS THEM. THEY COULD SEE WHAT THEIR ANCESTORS HAD ACCOMPLISHED AND NOT WHAT GOD WANTED THEM THIS DAY TO ACCOMPLISH. THEY WERE BOASTING THAT THEY WERE OF THE SAME FAMILY AS JOSHUA AND THAT THERE SHOULD BE SOME CONSIDERATION IN THAT FACT. ASSOCIATIONS AND MEMBERSHIPS HOLD LITTLE TO NO WEIGHT IN HEAVEN.
THEY BOASTED IN THEIR GREATNESS. THEY SAW THEMSELVES AS GREAT AND TO THEM THAT SHOULD ACCOUNT FOR SOMETHING. GOD DOESN’T LOOK AT WHO WE ARE OR WHERE WE CAME FROM BUT WHO WE ARE IN HIM AND WHERE WE ARE GOING IN HIM. IF WE GAIN THE WHOLE WORLD BUT LOSE OUR SOUL IT PROFITS NOTHING!
ROMANS 12:3 – “FOR I SAY, THROUGH THE GRACE GIVEN UNTO ME, TO EVERY MAN THAT IS AMONG YOU, NOT TO THINK OF HIMSELF MORE HIGHLY THAN HE OUGHT TO THINK; BUT TO THINK SOBERLY, ACCORDING AS GOD HATH DEALT TO EVERY MAN THE MEASURE OF FAITH.”
2. CALL FOR CONQUEST
JOSHUA TOLD THEM TO GET UP AND CUT DOWN FOR THEMSELVES WOOD IN THE LAND OF THE PERIZZITES AND OF THE GIANTS, IF MOUNT EPHRAIM BE TOO NARROW FOR THEM. WOOD REPRESENTS WHAT GROWS NATURALLY . WOOD CLUTTERED THEIR PROGRESS. NATURAL MEANS FLESH, SIN, ETC. JOSHUA TOLD THEM TO GET BUSY AND GET IT OUT OF THEIR WAY. WE ARE TO GET ANYTHING THAT CLUTTERS OUR MIND, OUR VISION, OUR GOALS IN LIFE OUT OF OUR WAY SO WE CAN SEE WHAT’S REALLY IMPORTANT. HE WANTS US TO CONQUER OURSELVES FIRST. IF WE WANT MORE OF JESUS- CLEAR MORE LAND!!!
WE ARE TO CONQUER THE ENEMY. WHEN GOD GIVES US A PROMISE AND WE KNOW IT’S GOD WE SHOULD AT ALL COST PRESS TOWARD THE MARK. GOD PROMISED THEM THAT WHEREVER THE SOLE OF THEIR FEET TROD IT WOULD BE THEIRS. THAT’S ALL THEY NEEDED TO KNOW. NO MATTER WHAT THEY HAD TO GO THROUGH THEY WERE TO KEEP THEIR EYES ON THE PROMISE. GOD HAD ALREADY GIVEN IT TO THEM, BUT THEY HAD TO GO THROUGH SOME “STUFF” TO GET TO IT, BUT IT WAS ALL WORTH IT IN THE END!!