How do you go where you have NEVER gone before? How do we fulfill our purpose in a world that is driven by reward and punishment? People are looking for what they can get and what they can avoid. We want the feel good not the uncomfortable.
Think about the big decisions in life like who you marry, your career path, when to have children, where you go to church, the college you attend, where you live, you know the stuff that really matters.
The outcome of these decisions stick with you for life. Most people search for the easy path to success. We want to have an amazing marriage, a rewarding career, make lots of money and look really good while we are doing it.
ENTER JOSHUA: His resume' reads like a underrated, overlooked water-boy for one of the worst teams in human history.
He's famous for:
He led the team one victory in the beginning
His team has a 40 year loosing streak
He has been in the shadows of a very controversial head coach
The majority wanted to stone-him-to-death for his battle plan
He has zero experience in leading a nation
He's too old and out of shape
He's out-of-touch because he is from a different generation
He's toooo radical!
One thing and one thing alone qualified Joshua. It wasn't his striking muscular appearance, his years of award winning loyalty, his battle torn body, his perseverance through the ugly years, his strategic knowledge or any other human skill.
Guess what: IT WAS NOT COURAGE.
IT WAS SUBMISSION.
Joshua was ready to lead because he made his main goal to be submissive to the LORD.
THAT'S RIGHT----SUBMISSION----THAT'S WHAT QUALIFIED HIM TO LEAD GOD'S ARMY INTO THE PROMISE LAND.
It was HIS proven willingness to follow God not his human ability to make things happen.
SUBMISSION IS SOMETHING WE RESIST WITH EVERY FIBER OF OUR HUMAN STRENGTH! We don't want a god we want to be god. Control is the goal!
To go where we have never gone before requires absolute surrender; submission to our Leader-God. Purpose awaits on the other side of surrender.
Submission looks like willingly putting the leadership reigns in the hands of the LORD. His will be done not ours.
It's simple the more we resist the more we go in circles.
The more we submit the greater our potential!
The impossible becomes real when we submit to the God of unlimited possibilities!!!