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Victorious Leadership

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Victorious Leadership

Joshua 1:5 ESV
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.
FCF: Self -Reliance, Lack of Confidence in God
Proposition: Every Leader who seeks to be successful must rely upon God faithfully.
DT: God is assuring Joshua that God will prosper and protect Joshua as God did with Moses.
Aim: We will live confident in the plans of God for our lives.

The Victorious Leader Considers The Promises of God(a.)

--The promise of Challenges
--Your challenges are not unique
--Reflect upon some victories of God these are encouragement that God will show up.
ILLUS: A man was in the store and he had his son with him and his son was just hollering and wining and throwing a tantrum. The man continued to say it’s gonna be alright Gary. Okay, it’s going to be fine. You are going to be alright! The boy just seem to get worse and as the man was leaving the store a woman stopped him and said, Excuse me sir I couldn’t help but notice your patience and I wanted to commend you on how well you acted and kept your cool while little Gary continued with his tantrum, and even though you could not calm him down you kept telling him that it was going to be alright! The man said “Oh Ma'am, His name is David, I’m Gary!”
APP: Don’t get side tracked by those who oppose you. Remain confident in the promise that God made.

The Victorious Leader Considers The Presence of God(b.) “I will be with you”

--He knows he is never alone
--God is dependable
--Continuous
--Protective
ILLUS: Little boy was trapped in his home in a fire. He came to the window screaming for help. His father called up to him and told him to jump. Little boy cried back but i can't see you. The father said, don't worry about that, I can see you!
APP: Be assured that God can see you even when we can not see Him. Wherever you are in life trust that God is with you. He is there! David reminds us in his
Psalm 23:4 ESV
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.

The Victorious Leader Considers The Power of God (c.) “I wont Fail you”

--this word fail alludes to disappointment. God says, I will not disappoint you. I may not do what you think I ought to do. You'll never be disappointed when I do what I want to do.
--He won’t grow slack
--Others may fail you, others will disappoint you but God will never. . .
ILLUS: Little boy was in a ship wreck . . . I trembled all night but the rock didn’t.
APP: Live life with confidence in the power of God. Nothing in life is too hard for God. Life may get shaky and things may fall but God never fails!

The Victorious Leader Considers the Permanence of God (d.) “Nor Forsake you”

--The word forsake means to abandon, to leave, to leave behind it means to reject.
--He won’t abandon you
ILLUS: Mary Stevenson, writes a poem which utters:
One night I dreamed... I was walking along the beach with the Lord. Many scenes from my life flashed across the sky. In each scene I noticed footprints in the sand. Sometimes there were two sets of footprints, Other times there was one set of footprints.
One night I dreamed...
I was walking along the beach with the Lord. Many scenes from my life flashed across the sky. In each scene I noticed footprints in the sand. Sometimes there were two sets of footprints, Other times there was one set of footprints.
This bothered me because I noticed That during the low periods of my life, When I was suffering from anguish, sorrow or defeat, I could see only one set of footprints.
This bothered me because I noticed That during the low periods of my life, When I was suffering from anguish, sorrow or defeat, I could see only one set of footprints.
So I said to the Lord, “You promised me Lord, That if I followed you, you would walk with me always. But I have noticed that during the most trying periods of my life There has only been one set of footprints in the sand. Why, when I needed you most, have you not been there for me?”
So I said to the Lord, “You promised me Lord, That if I followed you, you would walk with me always. But I have noticed that during the most trying periods of my life There has only been one set of footprints in the sand. Why, when I needed you most, have you not been there for me?”
The Lord replied, “The times when you have seen Only one set of footprints in the sand, is when I carried you.”
The Lord replied, “The times when you have seen Only one set of footprints in the sand, is when I carried you.”
—Mary Stevenson
APP: Live your life knowing that God has not forsaken you. God is so close you need only whisper and He will here you.
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