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Surrendering to the Lord of Hosts

We are engaged in a battle for God's Kingdom. But it is not our battle, it is God's. He is the commander - the Commander of the Angel Armies, and we serve him. Joshua had to come to terms with that, and be willing to surrender himself to God before God could use him. Let us put down our sword, take off our shoes, fall face down on the ground in reverence and ask Jesus what he would want of us.

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Celebrating our new identity

Before they entered the Promised Land God instructed his people to celebrate the Passover. It was the right time of year and they needed to remind themselves that they were no longer slave, no longer desert wanderers, but children of promise. The way we see ourselves defines how we live. Just like the Israelites, we need to come to terms with the fact that we are no longer sinners bound to our past and our habits, but saints; children of God, free to live in joy and peace. Yes we still sin but we are no longer defined by that. We are God's sons and daughters and we should live as if that were the case.

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Circumcising the heart

Just before God leads his people into the Promised Land has one more preparation for them to make - circumcise all the males! Not the sort of thing you would do to an attacking army on the eve of their conquest - incapacitate the whole group. But God wanted them to know that being true to him and the covenant between them and him was more important than anything else. They would conquer only in His strength. So too we must put off everything that comes between us and God - the sinful nature that so naturally draws us away from God - so that we can overcome in His strength.

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Crossing that river

After much preparation it is time for Joshua to lead God's people into the Promised Land. But something stands in the way - the Jordan River. God makes a point of bringing them to this 'river of impossibility' so that he can demonstrate his power. We too can cross the river of impossibility and move into the Promised Land of life and peace as we look to Jesus and the provision he made. But we need to do that with the fear of the Lord.

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Rahab - the faith of a sinner

God is not interested in how good we are, he is interested in whether we have faith in him. In contrast to the Israelites, Rahab the prostitute had real faith in the living God. She had a large view of God, believing that he would enable his people. Therefore Rahab was drawn into God's people and recognised as a great woman of faith.

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