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Shannon talks about football and his love for football. He speaks about the first round draft picks -- how his team, The Minnesota Vikings didn't get a First Round Draft pick.
It's all wonderful to be a first round draft pick, but now the 'rubber meets the road." Now, it's down to what you do with what you have.
(An aside -- A lot of players who weren't first round draft picks -- even third, fourth or ninth picks -- are in the Football Hall of Fame or going to be.)
There are three people sitting in your chair: the person you are today; the person satan can make you into; and the person God can make you into. We might not be a "first round draft pick" but that gives us no excuse.
Joshua 17:12-18 states: 12 Yet the Manassites were not able to occupy these towns, for the Canaanites were determined to live in that region. 13 However, when the Israelites grew stronger, they subjected the Canaanites to forced labor but did not drive them out completely.
14 The people of Joseph said to Joshua, “Why have you given us only one allotment and one portion for an inheritance? We are a numerous people, and the Lord has blessed us abundantly.”
15 “If you are so numerous,” Joshua answered, “and if the hill country of Ephraim is too small for you, go up into the forest and clear land for yourselves there in the land of the Perizzites and Rephaites.”
16 The people of Joseph replied, “The hill country is not enough for us, and all the Canaanites who live in the plain have chariots fitted with iron, both those in Beth Shan and its settlements and those in the Valley of Jezreel.”
17 But Joshua said to the tribes of Joseph—to Ephraim and Manasseh—“You are numerous and very powerful. You will have not only one allotment 18 but the forested hill country as well. Clear it, and its farthest limits will be yours; though the Canaanites have chariots fitted with iron and though they are strong, you can drive them out.”
The Israelites crossed over and took their allotments of the Promised Land. Manasseh was told to clear it out and take it. They had the same potential as all the other tribes. The did not complete what they were supposed to do. They didn't finish what they started.
Incomplete obedience is disobedience. Obedience means you finish the job.
You have all you need.
Incomplete means failure.
There is victory or defeat, obedience or disobedience.
The Manassites were comfortable with the forced labor. They didn't mention it of course. Instead they made excuses. They didn't want to work, do what God required of them. They wanted to be given everything.
We all have those partial obediences, partial commitments. When our fervor fades over time and choose to give up, this is disobedience.
If we have a sin in our lives and refuse to let it go, this is disobedience.
Partial obedience = complete disobedience.
Jesus has a high impossible standard for life, but in Him we can be live it.
We say things like, "It calms me down" or "This is the way all the men/women in my family are."
There's a straight, narrow path we are called to be on. Manassah left that path.
Some of the Canananites were kept and some were feared. The Manassites sinned in their comfort and they sinned in their fear.
1 Corinthians 10:13:
"No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it."
He always gives you a way out -- He is the way out.
Jesus says in Matthew 11, "My yoke is easy, my load is light."
Joshua 17:14, "“Why have you given us only one allotment and one portion for an inheritance? We are a numerous people, and the Lord has blessed us abundantly.”
They're asking for hand outs even though they were already blessed. We are entitled to more (they thought). When you ask for more because you think you deserve it this is being prideful.
We want to fulfill what God wants us to do. We want to be successful. But do we want to work for it? Or do we have the attitude, "I'm here so you better pay me."
We tell God, "If you let me win the lottery I'll give all this money to the church."
God says, "How about you don't win the lottery and do it anyway."
If you take what you have and make it the best you can, God will give you more (remember the Talents parable).
The song says, "I never promised you a rose garden."
God didn't either.
Proverbs 16:18 -- Prides goes before the fall.
People like to see people fall off their pedestals. We like to see someone else fail. It's easy to knock someone down.
And it's okay to fall in the mud, but it isn't okay to wallow in the mud and enjoy it.
The Manassites said in verse 18, "We need more!"
Joshua told them they had more than they were claiming. So do we. You are strong and can drive the enemy out. You can do it if you just get off your behinds and do it.
Is God saying that to us?
Clear it! And you'll have more land. You want it -- get it. Cut the clutter and make space for what you need to do. What do I have to clear away? What's stopping and hindering me from putting God and His will first? That clutter is going to interfere with this, with being obedient.
It could be familiy, jobs, sin, entertainment, gossip, anger, bitterness, resentment, spite, hatred -- absolutely anything.
All of these are junk between us and God. You gotta clear it out. You're piling up garbage between you and God. Clear the hill country!
Yeah, you've got some challenges. Whoop-de-do! You can still win if you fight. Are you going to have a pity party or are you going to fight?
We did all the work and you wouldn't take the test because you said it was hard. Take the test!
God asks us to do such few things. Love God. Love people.
"It's hard," you say. "There's that one guy . . . "
Clear the clutter. Get rid of sin. Get rid of the excuses.
Do these two things! Clear away the clutter and get rid of the sin, the excuses.
We can't worship God if we haven't gotten off our behinds.
God told us we have everything we need. So what's stopping us?
Do it. Just do what God calls you to do.