Joshua was successful in light of God's rather unorthodox methods because he was willing to do whatever it took to gain the victory. If God said shout, the Joshua would discard his swords and spears and wholeheartedly go with the absurd. It was Joshua extreme obedience to God that led to the victory. Most of us in our own lives find it easy to follow the sane instructions of God, but then take over when God gives us an absurd instruction. We think that somehow God must be out of his mind.
About 15 years ago a friend of mine and her husband were cops in New York City. One night the husband came home to find his house empty. His first thought was that he had been robbed cleaned. He called his wife to break the news to her and to his surprise she already knew about it. Not only did she know about she was the one who gave everything in her house away to those in need. The husband naturally taken back by this asked her, "What were you thinking?" Her response, "God told to me too!"
If God told you to give everything you own to those in greater need than you would you? Or would think God was smoking some holy crack? Can I tell you that my friend today...impacts 10's of thousands of people in need every year. She is responsible for The Big Give in Fishersville, Va. Because of her act of obedience 15 years ago and continuously staying committed to listening to God's instruction, has seen thousands of people come to Christ. She started and run's a ministry that feeds hundreds of people every month on a regularly basis. Her life and her husband's life are radically different today then what they would have been had she not been obedient to God's instruction.
Here is 10 keys to help you with living victoriously.
1. Make obedience your first priority.
2. Never wait to see what the crowds in your life want you to do.
3. Make decisions from an eternal perspective not a temporary one.
4. Learn to act decisively. Delayed obedience is the same as disobedience.
5. You can appreciate the past but don't worship it. Your future will never live up to the standards by which you worship the past.
6. Value the results of your obedience more than you do your image or reputation. (This is a heart issue... you have to decide which reputation is more important to you. Your reputation with God or your friends.)
7. To truly impact others, you have to be willing to stand up and be counted. Even it means you are the only one standing.
8. Never waver from your understanding of what is right, no matter how loud the voice of the crowd is telling you are wrong.
9. Must trust God more than you do the gifts and abilities he has given you.
10. Make glorifying God your ultimate objection. Your personal glory should never outshine the glory of God.