Leaders keep doing what God tells them to do

Our Scripture text today: Joshua 6: 1-5, 12-16, 20 The Point: “Leaders keep doing what God tells them to do.” The Bible Meets Life: We all want to succeed in whatever we are doing, but many of us don’t stick it out and persist until the task is complete. In whatever God calls us to do, the only way we will be successful is to do it God’s way and not give up. Joshua led the Israelite army to do something repeatedly that seemed to have no results-march around the city of Jericho-but their persistence in obedience gave them great victory. The Setting: The children of Israel crossed the Jordan River on dry ground and entered into the Promised Land. They made a permanent memorial of stones taken from the middle of the river to remind them, and cause future generations to inquire about, the work God did to bring them into the land. After dedicating themselves to God through circumcising the men, the people faced their first challenge to possessing the promised land-the walled city of Jericho. Question #1: “When have you seen persistence pay off in a big way?” God calls us to a life of persistent trust and obedience, and sometimes that obedience may be displayed in unconventional ways. God desires to accomplish His mission through us and build our faith in the process. Joshua showed persistent obedience in his leadership, and we can benefit from the truth we see lived out in his life. Joshua 6: 1-5 (Lesson Point: “Leaders keep doing what God tells them to do.”): 1 HCSB Now Jericho was strongly fortified because of the Israelites—no one leaving or entering. 2 The Lord said to Joshua, “Look, I have handed Jericho, its king, and its fighting men over to you. 3 March around the city with all the men of war, circling the city one time. Do this for six days. 4 Have seven priests carry seven ram’s-horn trumpets in front of the ark. But on the seventh day, march around the city seven times, while the priests blow the trumpets. 5 When there is a prolonged blast of the horn and you hear its sound, have all the people give a mighty shout. Then the city wall will collapse, and the people will advance, each man straight ahead.” Verse 1:The translation “Jericho was strongly fortified” renders the literal Hebrew “one shutting...
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