Notice these people who had such a great opportunity, and yet failed to live up to their potential.
LOOK AT THEIR PROBLEM VERSES 12-13.
The land of promise was already theirs, yet they failed to live up to their potential, why?
- Because they could not drive out their enemy.
The Canaanites dwelt in the land and controlled that portion they inhabited. Manasseh was too weak to drive them out. They had been promised God’s power, but had not yet experienced it.
Tragedy: with many Christians today the enemy of the flesh and the world occupies their life which makes them too weak to drive out the enemies.
- Because they would not drive out their enemy.
They became stronger, yet had become accustomed to the enemy and tolerant of them. What a lesson for us! So many times Christians become stronger in the Lord yet have become insensitive to sin and tolerate worldly habits and practices, which eventually weaken them. They begin to justify their sin and say, ‘I can handle it.’ In other words, “I can control my sin.” We need to drive out all the enemies if we want God’s full potential in our lives.
SEE THEIR PRIDE VERSE 14.
Notice how pride filled their hearts. They felt they deserved more than one lot because of their greatness. Watch it!
Many want more and have become discontent with what they have and say, “Lord, I deserve more than this.”
Spiritual pride and coveting often robs people of living up to the fullest potential. Use what you have now and God will give you more.
NOTICE JOSHUA’S PROPOSAL VERSE 15.
Joshua responds somewhat sarcastically and gives his proposal: if you want more land, go out and claim it. Go to the forest area and cut down some trees in the land of the Perizzites, the land of the giants. Often God does the same with us, He may make us go back to our original giants and clear them out, if we failed to do so the first time.
Joshua was not about to hand them the land on a silver platter and the lesson for us is that we too need to lay the axe to our trees and make room for growth. The tree of TV, friends, music, etc.
TO BE CONCLUDED TOMORROW!