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The Conquest of Canaan

  • Initial Miracle

  • Ongoing Battle

  • God GAVE the Land

  • Then Joshua & the Israelites had to TAKE the Land

  • Both the GIVING and the TAKING were by God’s grace

Without God - I can’t
Without me - God won’t
— St Augustine

Colossians 3:1-10

Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.

Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry. Because of these, the wrath of God is coming. You used to walk in these ways, in the life you once lived. But now you must also rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips. Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator.

The Christian’s Victory

1. Remember Your Miraculous Beginning

  • United with Christ: What’s True of Jesus Is now True of Me

2. Don’t Grow Weary of Your Ongoing Battle

  • Put Sin to Death

3. Partner in Your Progressive Renewal

  • Become who You Already Are in Christ

4. Hope for Your Glorious Ending

It’s all by God’s grace!

It’s all by God’s grace!

Jesus is not only the IMAGE of God;
He is the IMAGE of what we are becoming

The Bottomline

1. In Christ, I am new and getting newer

2. By Christ, I am battling and will win the Victory

3. By grace, I’m becoming what I already am in Christ

Karl House