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The Decision Dare      Joshua 24:14-25      July 01-2012


Introduction 

       Most people make a decision for the Lord and church membership before they follow the Lord in baptism. We need to do our best to make sure the dscison is not shallow but a genuine commitment to pur Lord. The follow through of the decision will many times define what kind of commitment it was. All of us need to help those making a decision to understand their commitment as best we can.

 

1.    The Decision Dare for Taking Your . . Stand. 24:14-15

       A.   Take Your Stand and . . Put Away the Foreign gods. 24:14

14 "Now therefore, fear the Lord, serve Him in sincerity and in truth, and put away the gods which your

       fathers served on the other side of the River and in Egypt. Serve the Lord!

 

       B.   Take Your Stand and . . Place Your Commitment In the Lord. 24:15

15 And if it seems evil to you to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve,

       whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the River, or the gods of the

       Amorites, in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord."


       Joshua gave his famous statement of commitment and challenged the people to make a similar stand for the Lord. He reminded the people of the kinds of gods their fathers had served and the gods of the nations God gave them victory. It seemed very easy for Joshua to make his statement and no doubt he based it on all the Lord did for him and the people of Israel. Can most of us look over our lifes and see what the Lord has done for us? That should certainly remind us to serve the Lord. Perhaps many of us have a plaque with Joshua’s statement hanging in a prominent place in our house. It serves as a good reminder to us and all who see it.


 

2.    The Decision Dare Refuses . . Shallow Commitment. 24:16-18

       A.   Refuses Shallow Commitment and Remembers He who . . brought You Out Of Egypt 24:16

16 So the people answered and said: "Far be it from us that we should forsake the Lord to serve other gods;

       17 for the Lord our God is He who brought us and our fathers up out of the land of Egypt, from the house of

       bondage, who did those great signs in our sight, and preserved us in all the way that we went and among all

       the people through whom we passed.

 

       B.   Refuses Shallow Commitment and Makes a . . Bold Stand for the Lord. 24:18

18 And the Lord drove out from before us all the people, including the Amorites who dwelt in the land. We also will serve the Lord, for He is our God."


       When the people remembered all God did for them and their fathers they thought about the great signs the Lord worked. These signs worked to preserve them as they moved through the land to get where they were and to give them freedom from bondage. They knew no other so called gods who could do what their God did for them. So any kind of commitment to the gods of the land would represent shallow commitments. They decided to stand with Joshua their leader and make a similar bold stand.


 

3.    The Decision Dare Counts the Cost and . . Serves the Lord. 24:19-25

       A.   Counts the Cost and . . Chooses not to serve foreign gods. 24:19-20

19 But Joshua said to the people, "You cannot serve the Lord, for He is a holy God. He is a jealous God; He will not forgive your transgressions nor your sins. 20 If you forsake the Lord and serve foreign gods, then He will turn and do you harm and consume you, after He has done you good."

 

       B.   Counts the Cost and . . Commits to serve the Lord. 24:21-25

21 And the people said to Joshua, "No, but we will serve the Lord!"

       22 So Joshua said to the people, "You are witnesses against yourselves that you have chosen the Lord for

       yourselves, to serve Him." And they said, "We are witnesses!"

       23 "Now therefore," he said, "put away the foreign gods which are among you, and incline your heart to the

       Lord God of Israel."

 

       C.   Counts the Cost and . . Covenants to Obey the Lord. 24:24-25

       24 And the people said to Joshua, "The Lord our God we will serve, and His voice we will obey!"

       25 So Joshua made a covenant with the people that day, and made for them a statute and an ordinance in

       Shechem.NKJV


       The people of Israel who were led by Joshua chose not to serve other gods. Joshua told them God would not tolerate being one of their many gods but He commands them to serve Him alone. The people tols Joshua they were committed to serve the Lord. Joshua then told them they were witnesses against themselves to the commitment they voiced, and they agreed they were witnesses. He then made statute and ordinance of covenant to confirm and remind the people of what they had witnessed against themselves. This may very well remind them of all four of their statements; To serve the Lord (Josh 24:18,21,22,24), To put away all strange gods (Josh 24:23), To incline their hearts to God, To obey His voice (Josh 24:24-25).Do you remember

a commitment you made to serve the Lord only and live for Him? It represents The Decision Dare. Amen? Amen!