Fatherhood: The Warrior Dad (Joshua 1:5-9)


Fatherhood: The Warrior Dad (Joshua 1:5-9)

“No man shall be able to stand before you all the days of your life. Just as I was with Moses, so I will be with you. I will not leave you or forsake you. [6] Be strong and courageous, for you shall cause this people to inherit the land that I swore to their fathers to give them. [7] Only be strong and very courageous, being careful to do according to all the law that Moses my servant commanded you. Do not turn from it to the right hand or to the left, that you may have good success wherever you go. [8] This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. [9] Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.”(Joshua 1:5-9 ESV)

Trust in God’s Presence in Your Life & Battles
  • v.5 “Just as I was with Moses, so I will be with you”
  • v.9 “Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go”
  • “When Joshua was by Jericho, he lifted up his eyes and looked, and behold, a man was standing before him with his drawn sword in his hand. And Joshua went to him and said to him, ‘Are you for us, or for our adversaries?’ [14] And he said, ‘No; but I am the commander of the army of the LORD. Now I have come.’” (Joshua 5:13-14)
Lead Your Spouse
  • v.6, v.7, & v.9 “Be strong and courageous”
  • v.6 “for you shall cause this people to inherit the land that I swore to their fathers to give them”
  • “In the same way husbands should love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself.” (Ephesians 5:28 ESV)
Protect Your Family
  • v.7 “being careful to do according to all the law that Moses my servant commanded you”
  • “And Joshua captured all these kings and their land at one time, because the LORD God of Israel fought for Israel.” (Joshua 10:42)
Focus on God’s Path
  • v.7 “Do not turn from it to the right hand or to the left, that you may have good success wherever you go.”
  • “The heart of man plans his way, but the LORD establishes his steps.” (Proverbs 16:9)
  • “and he died for all, that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised.” (2 Corinthians 5:15)

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