This is the second message in a series on the book of Joshua, title Extreme Home Takeover.
Pastor Miles opened this weekend's message talking about his old friend Tyrone, who he recently received a phone call from.
Tyrone recounted his experience to Miles of Super Bowl Sunday, which began at his own home, with his wife, and some of her girlfriends. Before long Tyrone couldn't handle watching the Super Bowl with a bunch of women. It was too much estrogen for such a manly event. So he retreated to his friend's house, to watch the game with the guys.
The point of sharing such a story was to express the importance of men and their need to be as God designed them to be.
Christian Men Need to Step Up
This weekend's message focused on the men, not to leave out the women, there is much for them to learn as well. However, as we continue through the book of Joshua we encounter five man laws that clearly give light to the role of a man as God designed it.
The devil has a slick way of perverting God's design. God's design sets man as the leader, the one who sets the standard. However, too often we see a man backing away from those roles because of the lies and temptations the devil feeds him.
Statistics show that there are more women in the church today than there are men. God is calling men to step up and step into the role He called them to live.
Freedom and a Face to Face Encounter
Moses and Joshua were born slaves in Egypt. Man is born a slave to sin. However, God made man not to be held down but to have dominion. God set Moses and Joshua free, and He sets man free to glorify Him.
Man Law #1 requires freedom from being controlled. God gives man the freedom to follow and obey Him.
Man Law #2 requires a face-to-face encounter with the God. We see Moses encounter God face to face in the book of Exodus.
Exodus 3:6-12 states, I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob. At this, Moses hid his face, because he was afraid to look at God. The LORD said, "I have indeed seen the misery of my people in Egypt. I have heard them crying out because of their slave drivers, and I am concerned about their suffering. So I have come down to rescue them from the hand of the Egyptians and to bring them up out of that land into a good and spacious land, a land flowing with milk and honey. And now the cry of the Israelites has reached me, and I have seen the way the Egyptians are oppressing them. So now, go. I am sending you to Pharaoh to bring my people the Israelites out of Egypt." But Moses said to God, "Who am I, that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?" And God said, "I will be with you. And this will be the sign to you that it is I who have sent you: When you have brought the people out of Egypt, you will worship God on this mountain."
Exodus 33:11 states, The Lord would speak to Moses face to face, as a man speaks with his friend. Then Moses would return to the camp, but his young aide Joshua son of Nun did not leave the tent.
Moses encountered God face to face, and though he was afraid and unsure of the calling God set before Him, the Lord promised to be with Him. God does not leave man alone. He equips man to fulfill the role He calls them into.
Joshua too, like Moses, encountered God face to face. Joshua 5:13-15 states, Now when Joshua was near Jericho, he looked up and saw a man standing in front of him with a drawn sword in his hand. Joshua went up to him and asked, "Are you for us or for our enemies?" "Neither," he replied, "but as commander of the army of the LORD I have now come." Then Joshua fell facedown to the ground in reverence, and asked him, "What message does my Lord have for his servant?" The commander of the Lord's army replied, "Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy." And Joshua did so."
Courage and a Model Leader
Joshua 1:9 states, Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.
God does not call man to be afraid. He wants man to be courageous and follow Him.
More than that, every man requires a leader to follow. Pastor Miles confessed from personal experience that for every man accountability is vital, even for a pastor of a church. No man is without his own struggles and temptations.
We see in the Bible that Moses followed God closely, and Joshua followed Moses, learning from him, observing him, and being his assistant for forty years.
Every man should have someone in their life, another man that he can go to for encouragement, spiritual guidance, and accountability.
Saving Someone's Life
Exodus 14:13-18 states, Moses answered the people, "Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the LORD will bring you today. The Egyptians you see today you will never see again. The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still." Then the LORD said to Moses, "Why are you crying out to me? Tell the Israelites to move on. Raise your staff and stretch out your hand over the sea to divide the water so that the Israelites can go through the sea on dry ground. I will harden the hearts of the Egyptians so that they will go in after them. And I will gain glory through Pharaoh and all his army, through his chariots and his horsemen. The Egyptians will know that I am the LORD when I gain glory through Pharaoh, his chariots and his horsemen."
God used Moses to lead the Israelites through the miraculously parted Red Sea. God uses man to bring people to salvation. This requires all the Man Laws rolled together.
Pastor Miles encouraged the men of the Rock to seek a face-to-face encounter with God, to find accountability, and be courageous! He encouraged the ladies to pray for the man in their life, or their future man, to be the leader God is calling and shaping him to be.