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But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. James 1:22 AMP

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Follow The Leader

“In the beginning [before all time] was the Word (Christ), and the Word was with God, and the Word was God Himself”. John 1:1 AMP

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13th Joshua Chapter 1 Chapter 3 Follow The Leader

Joshua succeeds Moses the Lord’s servant as the judge over Israel. The Bible says he was full of the Spirit and of wisdom (Deuteronomy 34:9). Joshua is an excellent example of God’s anointing partly as a result of Holy apprenticeship. Joshua was not only beloved of the people, he was courageous and of good moral character. He could have incited anarchy as did Absalom, the son of David.

Forget not that Absalom was also hanged in an oak tree without being touched of any man, though he went to battle with the army of his father (II Samuel 18:9). This occurred after Absalom betrayed King David whom God loved not because He was a perfect man all of his days, but because he would not fail to repent when he was chastised (Hebrews 12:16). When God says, touch not my anointed (I Chronicles 16:22), many people miss the severity of that statement because the punishment may be as that serpent insinuated in the Garden of Eden. Because Eve did not die immediately, she erroneously thought that she would not “surely” die (Genesis 3:4).

You have heard it before; but did you take it to heart: “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap” (Galatians 6:7 KJV).

Too many people are itching for leadership without taking time to follow good doctrine, or participate in spiritual mentorship. How do you know a leader? Leaders are not isolated superstars. True leaders understand the value of followship. We read in the first chapter of Joshua that he was Moses’ minister (Joshua 1:1). You could say that Joshua completed a holy training program, having walked with Moses from his [Joshua’s] youth. This bears repeating: Joshua completed the training program. Though He walked in God’s anointing – not lacking in obvious and divine favor, Joshua did not try to usurp the power of Moses at the hand of God. He did not petition God for a hostile takeover. Joshua served in the presence of God until Moses’ death as Moses’ servant – not his thorn in the pastoral side. The mantle passed to Joshua by God’s hand. Joshua did not steal it and try to hide from the face of God.

If God told you to start a church, he would not tell you to obliterate the ministry of another person in order to do it. If God truly calls you to build a ministry, He will not call you to be a coward. Cowardly outreach is thievery. The Holy Ghost is bold. Armed with His Spirit, you do not need to be a pew barbarian. When you speak in God’s authority, the branches bearing the lost will be shaken. These are they of the highways and hedges to whom God refers.

There are too many people in the world for petty proselytizing. Jesus said, “And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd” (John 10:16 KJV). God would not have instructed you to go into the highways and hedges and compel people to come into the presence of God, if there was no one out there. A church built of someone else’s obedience to God is neither the highway nor the hedge.

If you can not participate in outreach, that is no excuse to reach in and pull people out of churches. Jesus came to save that which was lost, not 99 just who need no repentance.

Joshua followed the leader [Moses] who was following God. Sound familiar? Paul said, follow me as I follow Christ (I Corintians 11:1).

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