Courage to Do Hard Things
Reproducing Faith, Part 2
Bethany Place Baptist Church, 7/7/13
1. Rely on God rather than people
Joshua 1:1–4 (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.
2. Trust God’s promise
Joshua 1:5–6 (ESV) 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.
Joshua 1:9 (ESV) 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.”
3. Focus on what will provoke success in doing God’s will
Joshua 1:7–8 (ESV) 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.
Questions for Further Discussion
1. How do you think long-term change in a person, a home, an organization or a church happens?
2. How is it possible to change the way a person thinks?
3. Who are some of the biggest spiritual influences in your life? In what ways are you tempted to rely on them rather than on God?
4. What obstacles do you face that hinder your full hearted following of God?
5. How strong and courageous do you feel? What do you face that calls for strength and courage? What strategies can a person use to remember God’s promise of his presence?
6. How would you define effectiveness? How would you define success?
7. Can you make an argument for why it is critical to memorize and meditate on scripture?
8. How do you think meditation on scripture leads to effectiveness in following God’s call?