Standing Up For What Is Right
This sermon is a part of the Growth Points Sermon Series.
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The Christian life is a journey that begins at the moment of salvation and continues until Jesus returns or until we step onto the shores of Heaven. There are many important lessons to be learned, many precious promises to be claimed, and many wonderful blessings to be enjoyed. In this sermon series, we are journeying with the nation of Israel as leave the land of Egypt for the land of promise and discover many truths that are meant to impact our own walk with the Lord.
Summary: When we begin to pursue the will of God for our life, we must be careful because our flesh has a way of showing up during key seasons. And, if we allow it, it will steer us away from God's will for our life, it will cause us to stop pursuing God's best for our life, or it will cause us to start complaining about God's plan for our life.
(Joshua 17:4): "And they came near before Eleazar the priest, and before Joshua the son of Nun, and before the princes, saying, The LORD commanded Moses to give us an inheritance among our brethren. Therefore according to the commandment of the LORD he gave them an inheritance among the brethren of their father."
Last week, we considered Joshua chapters 16 and 17, and we found that the tribes of Ephraim and Manasseh complained that the task that they had been given was too hard because the enemy was too BIG, too, too MIGHTY, and too ORGANIZED.
We found that our flesh will keep showing up and we found that...
A) Our flesh will cause us to become CARELESS,
B) Our flesh will cause us to become CRITICAL, and
C) Our flesh will cause us to get CAUGHT UP in the ways and in the things of this world.
It was then that Joshua attempted to embolden their COURAGE and FAITH and to encourage the CONTROL of their FLESH.
1) He reminded them that they are a GREAT PEOPLE
2) He reminded them that they had GREAT POTENTIAL
3) He reminded them that they had GREAT POWER
4) He reminded them that they had a GREAT PROMISE
5) He reminded them that they had to pay a GREAT PRICE
A) They had a WALK to WALK
B) They had a WORK to WORK
C) They had a WAR to WAR
Throughout the Bible, we find that…
Women are highlighted for the BOLDNESS.
Women are highlighted for their FAITH.
Women are highlighted for their COURAGE.
Women are highlighted for their PRAYERS.
Women are highlighted for their INVOLVEMENT IN THE WORK AND IN THE WORSHIP OF THE LORD.
Women are highlighted for their IMPACT ON GENERATIONS.
Women are highlighted for their WILLINGNESS TO OBEY, TO TRUST, AND TO SERVE THE LORD.
Woman are not somehow SECOND-CLASS when it comes to the will and to the work of God. As a matter of fact, women aren’t just a SPECIAL part of God’s plan; women are a SIGNIFICANT part of God’s plan.
1 - These ladies STAYED FOCUSED on what was right
Joshua 17:1-2 says, “There was also a lot for the tribe of Manasseh; for he was the firstborn of Joseph; to wit, for Machir the firstborn of Manasseh, the father of Gilead: because he was a man of war, therefore he had Gilead and Bashan. There was also a lot for the rest of the children of Manasseh by their families; for the children of Abiezer, and for the children of Helek, and for the children of Asriel, and for the children of Shechem, and for the children of Hepher, and for the children of Shemida: these were the male children of Manasseh the son of Joseph by their families.”
Proverbs 22:1 says, “A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches...”
Ecclesiastes 7:1 says, “A good name is better than precious ointment...”
2 - These ladies STOOD FIRM on what was right
Joshua 17:4 says, “And they came near before Eleazar the priest, and before Joshua the son of Nun, and before the princes….”
Numbers 27:2 says it this way, “And they stood before Moses, and before Eleazar the priest, and before the princes and all the congregation, by the door of the tabernacle of the congregation…”
Here we are going to consider four principles that these ladies stood firmly on.
Joshua 14:12 says, “Now therefore give me this mountain, whereof the LORD spake in that day.”
James 4:6 says, “But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.”
1 Peter 5:5 says, “Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble.”
Numbers 27:3 says, “Our father died in the wilderness, and he was not in the company of them that gathered themselves together against the LORD in the company of Korah; but died in his own sin, and had no sons.”
Psalm 51:6 says, “Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts…”
Ephesians 4:25 says, “Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbour…”
Psalm 146:5 says, “Happy is he that hath the God of Jacob for his help, whose hope is in the LORD his God.”
Titus 2:13 says, “Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ.”
3 - These ladies STEP FORWARD when and they SPOKE UP about what was right
Numbers 27:5-8 says, “And Moses brought their cause before the LORD. And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, The daughters of Zelophehad speak right: thou shalt surely give them a possession of an inheritance among their father's brethren; and thou shalt cause the inheritance of their father to pass unto them. And thou shalt speak unto the children of Israel, saying, If a man die, and have no son, then ye shall cause his inheritance to pass unto his daughter.”
4 - These ladies SUBMITTED to what was right
Numbers 36:1-6 says, “And the chief fathers of the families of the children of Gilead, the son of Machir, the son of Manasseh, of the families of the sons of Joseph, came near, and spake before Moses, and before the princes, the chief fathers of the children of Israel: And they said, The LORD commanded my lord to give the land for an inheritance by lot to the children of Israel: and my lord was commanded by the LORD to give the inheritance of Zelophehad our brother unto his daughters. And if they be married to any of the sons of the other tribes of the children of Israel, then shall their inheritance be taken from the inheritance of our fathers, and shall be put to the inheritance of the tribe whereunto they are received: so shall it be taken from the lot of our inheritance. And when the jubile of the children of Israel shall be, then shall their inheritance be put unto the inheritance of the tribe whereunto they are received: so shall their inheritance be taken away from the inheritance of the tribe of our fathers. And Moses commanded the children of Israel according to the word of the LORD, saying, The tribe of the sons of Joseph hath said well. This is the thing which the LORD doth command concerning the daughters of Zelophehad, saying, Let them marry to whom they think best; only to the family of the tribe of their father shall they marry.”
Numbers 36:10-12 says, “Even as the LORD commanded Moses, so did the daughters of Zelophehad: For Mahlah, Tirzah, and Hoglah, and Milcah, and Noah, the daughters of Zelophehad, were married unto their father's brothers' sons: And they were married into the families of the sons of Manasseh the son of Joseph, and their inheritance remained in the tribe of the family of their father.”