Speaking from Joshua 1:1-11, Eirwen begins her message by telling us that we all go through periods of change. Throughout our lives, we will all face times where there is a passing of the baton to another generation.
In this passage of scripture, Moses is dead. The man that has led the Israelites out of Egypt, and who spoke to God, face to face, is gone. They must have felt completely lost, but God chooses to speak to Joshua now, and to reveal things to him.
Eirwen tells us that we must live on our own revelation of God and not on other people’s ones. Every generation must go through changes. We will all get our own revelation, but we must choose if we believe it or not.
Change is not necessarily bad, though it can be both traumatic and painful. The truth is that we must choose to do things God’s way and He will take us to where He wants us to be. He responds to our faith, but we must choose to believe Him.
Moses, after being in contact with God, was a Holy man. He was incredible; he met with God face to face, and yet he did not die. He was truly a man of God. When he died, the Israelites must have felt completely lost. They didn’t even have a body to bury and mourn.
Eirwen then asked us if we believe that we can do it and get to the promised land, because the truth is that if we don’t, then we definitely won’t. Sometimes we have so little faith in the next step that we miss the miracle.
To get to the promised land, the Israelites had to face giants, and things that needed to be conquered. It is the same for us. We will all face obstacles on the way to our promised land. The enemy wants us to be stuck, and doubting both our own, and more importantly, God’s ability to get us through to where we are supposed to be.
Eirwen went on to give us a list of eight obstacles that we might come up against.
- Fear of people in the land. We worry about what people might say, and so, we ‘dumb down; the Gospel after being influenced by the world.
- Strongholds out there: a block, or a hindrance to the word of God.
- Deception: Things that might look good, but aren’t right. We can lack discernment in these things.
- We don’t put God first. Often, we will put everything before Him.
- Discouragement: This could be loss, grief, guilt, shame, condemnation and even depression. The truth is that sometimes life sucks, and we can get caught up in this.
- Compromise; when we decide to water down parts of the Gospel to make it more palatable.
- Materialism; when we look to ‘creature comforts’ and possessions over the will of God
- Fear, unworthiness, immorality, pride, status, and reputation.
All these things are very real obstacles and stumbling blocks, that we come up against in the world as the enemy tries to keep us from doing the will of God. Eirwen explains that in order to avoid these obstacles, we must make God and Jesus all important in our lives. We must behave with a humble heart as we serve and follow our almighty and loving God.
Sometimes, we can get caught up in a humanist attitude of “I can do it without God”, but the truth is that the power in us is the power of God. He gives us everything we need to get through our trials, and when we come through these trials, we are asked to pass on the baton. We all have a role to play in this, as we teach others all the wonderful things we know, thanks to God.
Eirwen said that if we have doubts and don’t feel that we can overcome because of our circumstances, then we should look at the Samaritan woman. Jesus, even knowing her reputation, and “everything [she] ever did”, didn’t judge her. He knows every bit of our story and He loves us anyway.
The Samaritan woman then went and told people about Him. This is what we must do. When we have come through; when we’ve overcome, we must tell our story and pass on the baton. God knows us and He won’t leave us. We can get through anything because of God. He doesn’t judge, and He loves us and wants His glory to shine out from us.
We must believe God. We are called to trust, love and obey Him in faith.
In closing Eirwen told us:
“Don’t put yourself down because of your past.
Don’t doubts Him with your present.
Believe in Him for your future.”
Scriptures: Joshua 1:1-11, John 4:29