This is the audio from the June 19, 2022 sermon, “Training a Courageous SON (Or Daughter)”, shared by Tom Lemler at the Deer Run Church of Christ.
Text: Deuteronomy 31:7-8, Judges 2:7
As we prepare for a journey through the book of Joshua, it is important to consider who Joshua is and why he chose to act with courage. I believe the obvious answer is God, but I also believe that in many ways he was trained by Moses as a man would train a son. When we look at Moses as a spiritual father to Joshua there are lessons each of us can learn, regardless of whether we are a son or daughter, father or mother, or simply a person investing in the lives of others. When applied universally, we learn to train a courageous . . .
- Servant. Exodus 33:11, Deuteronomy 3:28, Exodus 24:13, Joshua 24:15
- We train a courageous son or daughter when we train a courageous servant. Joshua spent time not only with Moses as his “young aide”, he also spent time with God. He learned to serve and he learned the value of choosing to serve. A courageous servant is one who discovers what God wants and then follows through with doing it regardless of who else might stand with him or against him.
- Observer. Deuteronomy 3:21, Exodus 17:14, Numbers 13:16, Numbers 14:5
- We train a courageous son or daughter when we train a courageous observer. Not only was Joshua good at learning what he was taught, he was good at learning through what he observed. Even when he saw the same things that everyone else saw, he saw them in a different way as he looked through the lens of God’s will. A courageous observer is one who not only notices the things around him, he acts on them according to God’s Word.
- Nature. Numbers 27:18, Numbers 32:12, Deuteronomy 34:9
- We train a courageous son or daughter when we train a courageous nature. Courage and obedience to God are not natural products of our flesh, but they are the supernatural product of God’s Spirit within us. Joshua was known as one who had a different spirit and understanding because his nature had been trained to pursue God in all things. A courageous nature will lead us to not only imitate Christ in everything, but to be aware of how that represents Jesus in all we do
Who is training you? Who are you training?