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Key Verse: Joshua 1:9 – "Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go."

1. Joey spoke on being strong ("chazaq"), in order to posses what is ours. We need to fasten upon and take hold of our destiny in life. What is one area in your life that you need to "chazaq"?

2. We must harden our heart and mind to the promises of God. How can you positively approach this in your life?

3. Has someone ever told you that you couldn't do something? Have you ever bought into a lie from the enemy? Have you ever convinced yourself of something that you knew wasn't true? How will/did you solidify the promises of God in your heart and mind to overcome the enemy?

4. Do you have eager feet to do what the Lord has called you to do? Are you quick to obey or do you find yourself trying to talk your way out of the calling? Explain.

5. Share a recent time in which God gave you victory in an area of your life.

6. Which part of Sunday's message spoke to you the most?1. What is the main thing you got out of Sunday's teaching?

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Be Strong and Courageous

Joshua is told six times
Deuteronomy 31:7
Deuteronomy 31:23
Joshua 1:6, 7, and 9
Joshua 1:18

Strong = Chazaq

Fasten upon
- to take hold of

Harden
- Literally means to harden the head and the heart.
- Solidify

To be heavy
- Do not be a lightweight
- Stand your ground
- Bear fruit

Courageous = Amats

Good Courage
Boldness
Eager with your feet

Joshua 3:1-17
Then Joshua rose early in the morning; and they set out from Acacia Grove and came to the Jordan, he and all the children of Israel, and lodged there before they crossed over. 2 So it was, after three days, that the officers went through the camp; 3 and they commanded the people, saying, “When you see the ark of the covenant of the Lord your God, and the priests, the Levites, bearing it, then you shall set out from your place and go after it. 4 Yet there shall be a space between you and it, about two thousand cubits by measure. Do not come near it, that you may know the way by which you must go, for you have not passed this way before.” And Joshua said to the people, “Sanctify yourselves, for tomorrow the Lord will do wonders among you.” 6 Then Joshua spoke to the priests, saying, “Take up the ark of the covenant and cross over before the people.” So they took up the ark of the covenant and went before the people. And the Lord said to Joshua, “This day I will begin to exalt you in the sight of all Israel, that they may know that, as I was with Moses, so I will be with you.8 You shall command the priests who bear the ark of the covenant, saying, ‘When you have come to the edge of the water of the Jordan, you shall stand in the Jordan.’” 9 So Joshua said to the children of Israel, “Come here, and hear the words of the Lord your God.” 10 And Joshua said, “By this you shall know that the living God is among you, and that He will without fail drive out from before you the Canaanites and the Hittites and the Hivites and the Perizzites and the Girgashites and the Amorites and the Jebusites: 11 Behold, the ark of the covenant of the Lord of all the earth is crossing over before you into the Jordan. 12 Now therefore, take for yourselves twelve men from the tribes of Israel, one man from every tribe. 13 And it shall come to pass, as soon as the soles of the feet of the priests who bear the ark of the Lord, the Lord of all the earth, shall rest in the waters of the Jordan, that the waters of the Jordan shall be cut off, the waters that come down from upstream, and they shall stand as a heap.” 14 So it was, when the people set out from their camp to cross over the Jordan, with the priests bearing the ark of the covenant before the people, 15 and as those who bore the ark came to the Jordan, and the feet of the priests who bore the ark dipped in the edge of the water 16 that the waters which came down from upstream stood still, and rose in a heap very far away at Adam, the city that is beside Zaretan. So the waters that went down into the Sea of the Arabah, the Salt Sea, failed, and were cut off; and the people crossed over opposite Jericho. 17 Then the priests who bore the ark of the covenant of the Lord stood firm on dry ground in the midst of the Jordan; and all Israel crossed over on dry ground, until all the people had crossed completely over the Jordan.

Joshua 1:9
9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go. 

Deuteronomy 31:7-8
7 Then Moses called to Joshua and said to him in the sight of all Israel, “Be strong and courageous, for you shall go with this people into the land which the Lord has sworn to their fathers to give them, and you shall give it to them as an inheritance. 8 The Lord is the one who goes ahead of you; He will be with you.  He will not fail you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.”

Joshua 3:4
4 Then you will know which way to go, since you have never been this way before. But keep a distance of about two thousand cubits (1,000 yards) between you and the ark; do not go near it.”

 Psalm 97:1-2
1 The LORD reigns, let the earth be glad; let the distant shores rejoice. 
2 Clouds and thick darkness surround him; righteousness and justice are the foundation of his throne.

Psalm 97:3-6
3 Fire goes before him and consumes his foes on every side.
4 His lightning lights up the world; the earth sees and trembles.
5 The mountains melt like wax before the LORD, before the Lord of all the earth.
6 The heavens proclaim his righteousness, and all peoples see his glory.

Psalm 18:14
14 He sent out His arrows, and scattered them, and lightning flashes in abundance, and routed them.

Psalm 29:7
7 The voice of the Lord strikes with flashes of lightning.

Ezekiel 21:9-10
9 “Son of man, prophesy and say, ‘This is what the Lord says: “‘A sword, a sword, sharpened and polished–
10 sharpened for the slaughter, polished to flash like lightning!’”

Ezekiel 21:28
28 “And you, son of man, prophesy and say, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says about the Ammonites and their insults: “ ‘A sword, a sword, drawn for the slaughter, polished to consume and to flash like lightning!’ ’’

Be Strong and Courageous

Joshua

Exodus 17:9
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Leader of Army – Soldier 1st

Numbers 13:2 &16
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Spy

Joshua 1:1-9
- Leader of Israel

Possessing What's Yours

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