Joshua 1:1-16 ESV After the death of Moses the servant of the LORD, the LORD said to Joshua the son of Nun, Moses’ assistant, (2) “Moses my servant is dead. Now therefore arise, go over this Jordan, you and all this people, into the land that I am giving to them, to the people of Israel. (3) Every place that the sole of your foot will tread upon I have given to you, just as I promised to Moses. (4) From the wilderness and this Lebanon as far as the great river, the river Euphrates, all the land of the Hittites to the Great Sea toward the going down of the sun shall be your territory. (5) No man shall be able to stand before you all the days of your life. Just as I was with Moses, so I will be with you. I will not leave you or forsake you. (6) Be strong and courageous, for you shall cause this people to inherit the land that I swore to their fathers to give them. (7) Only be strong and very courageous, being careful to do according to all the law that Moses my servant commanded you. Do not turn from it to the right hand or to the left, that you may have good success wherever you go. (8) This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. (9) Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.” (10) And Joshua commanded the officers of the people, (11) “Pass through the midst of the camp and command the people, ‘Prepare your provisions, for within three days you are to pass over this Jordan to go in to take possession of the land that the LORD your God is giving you to possess.'” (12) And to the Reubenites, the Gadites, and the half-tribe of Manasseh Joshua said, (13) “Remember the word that Moses the servant of the LORD commanded you, saying, ‘The LORD your God is providing you a place of rest and will give you this land.'(14) Your wives, your little ones, and your livestock shall remain in the land that Moses gave you beyond the Jordan, but all the men of valor among you shall pass over armed before your brothers and shall help them, (15) until the LORD gives rest to your brothers as he has to you, and they also take possession of the land that the LORD your God is giving them. Then you shall return to the land of your possession and shall possess it, the land that Moses the servant of the LORD gave you beyond the Jordan toward the sunrise.” (16) And they answered Joshua, “All that you have commanded us we will do, and wherever you send us we will go.
What is my fear?
- Old Christian people. Because of respect and fear of rebuking and teaching them.
- More knowledgeable and higher personality
II. WHAT IS A FEARLESS LEADERSHIP
Stepping up my faith is to conquer this fear. Everyone can be a leader if you are willing to step up.
Philippians 4:13 KJV I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.
A. Commitment to be Courageous
- The courage to do the unpopular
- To do the difficult situation
- The courage to hold yourself accountable to God.
- When you are wrong, to handle the different opinions.
- Recognizing our value and our worth
- Saying NO to fear and insecurity
- Feeling the fear but moving forward, Keep going
- Step up and take the chance and live in possibility of Hope
- Risking failure, getting backup when failed
- Seeing challenges as encouraging opportunities
- Breaking out from your comfort zone
- Being prepared to move forward alone if it need to be. And should be willing to be misunderstood.
- It means not allowing your limitation to limit God possibilities in our lives. Because He is bigger.
- Courage is saying NO to fear and self doubt kills dream than failure ever will. Do not doubt what God can do to us.
B. Commitment to Integrity
We earn trust by doing what is right. Having the audacity to do the right thing in difficult circumstance
Walk the talk: And here are the questions we need to ask ourself to maintain integrity in our life.
- Do you do your best even when no one is looking?
- Do we admit when we make mistakes?
- Do you cut corners?
- Do we have a self-centered agenda or God-centered agenda?
It’s normal that we have our weaknesses, but it’s how we are trying to change to be like Jesus for the gory of God.
Romans 8:29 (ESV) For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers.
C. Commitment to the Vision
Joshua received a vision from God to conquer the promise land. And this promise, he kept in his heart that God will fulfilled it. He as the leader motivated and imparted this vision to the entire Israel.
Our job as a leader is to keep people move forward. Our people has to see the bigger picture in order for them to follow Jesus Christ. Because we as leaders as the reflection of Jesus. Paul said.
1 Corinthians 11:1 (NIV) Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ.
And this example is to put VISION to every children of God to serve and build the Kingdom of God. We do our part for the Kingdom of God. If our people get distracted, its our job to re-ignite and to encourage them them. Distractions are constant, so focus.
ILLUSTRATION: Janitor in NASA
the chief happened to pass by and ask him, what is your role in this place? My role is to place man in the moon
There’s no menial task, it always contributes to the big picture
D. Commitment to the culture
What is our culture? in Hope, There is no me, but WE
- We serve God but we have fun.
- We laugh a lot, but does not mean we are not serious.
- We have this “CAN DO spirit”
- We are mission oriented
- We protect each other, support each other
- We celebrate success
E. Commitment to Tenacity
Tenacity is the quality or fact of being able to grip something firmly. The quality or fact of being very determined. To stick with things when it gets hard. The person who is committed to tenacity is persistent — to get going after your goal.
To begin is easy but maintaining is hard. When things is boring. But tenacity will help you to keep pushing and help you working hard.
Colossians 3:23 ESV Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men,
Tenacity helps you in the path when the way is unclear or blurred. You need to do things when you don’t feel of doing it.
We master our action not our action control us.
Working harder than anyone around you. Work hard to sweat. But sweat makes us good.
- We don’t listen to to what we feel.
- We dream big.
The difference of what you do and what you wanna be — is what you are going to do NOW. And this need a commitment to tenacity
1 Corinthians 15:58 ESV Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.
F. Commitment to resilience
Resilience is different from tenacity. Tenacity is the ability to maintain perseverance wile resilience is the ability to recover from sufferings or losses. Resilience is the ability to withstand, recover, adapt and grow in the face of pressure.
Joshua lost the battle again the city Ai because of a sin of one person. Joshua is very strong in the commitment to resilience that he was recovered by solving the problem and keep moving forward.
We have an adversary who is so desperate to kill, steal and destroy. There is a time that we are weak and fall but we have the bounce back spirit.
- We keep going on, when we are in pressure, the REAL YOU goes out.
- We don’t give up. When we give up, thats the only time that we loose