Sunday, June 18, 2017 —Mike Teel, Pastor
YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE: The Influence Of a Father
FOCAL PASSAGE: Joshua 24:14-15
1. SUFFERING… Exodus 3:7-9
Unfortunately God’s pattern for life is that suffering must come before glory.
God does not want to destroy you but build you and use you to help others.
During the first half of his life, he obeyed Moses; and during the last half, he received orders from God.
It’s through faith and patience that we inherit what God has promised.
PRIMARY CHARACTERISTICS OF INFLUENCE
1. HE WALKED WITH GOD… Joshua 24:29
2. HE HAD COURAGE
Joshua was told four times at the beginning of his ministry to “be courageous.” (Joshua 1:6-7,9,18)
3. HE HAD A PLAN AND FOLLOWED IT
The conquest of Canaan was not a haphazard affair.
4. HE DIDN’T QUIT
The American humorist Elbert Hubbard said, “Experience is the name everyone gives to his mistakes.
Someone has said that experience is a tough teacher because it always gives the exam first, and teaches the lesson afterward.
5. HE WAS CONCERNED ABOUT THE FUTURE… Joshua 24:15c
Joshua knew no man can issue a challenge until he himself has made the decision clear.
Proverbs 22:6 (KJV)
6. HE GLORIFIED GOD
He learned that the most important thing was the glory of the Lord.
All through the book of Joshua you find him giving God the glory for the magnificent things He did.
Who are you glorifying in and with your life?
LIVE IT OUT
> What has God been doing in your life to prepare you for your role?
> What principle characteristic do you need to work on in your life?
> What is God, your Commander in Chief, instructing you to do today?