JOSHUA 15

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Joshua 15:13-19

GOD'S INCENTIVE PLAN

 

People use all sorts of incentives to get us to do things or buy things.

There is the "free gift" if you make a purchase.

There is the commission earned by sales people.

There the reward offered for information leading to the arrest of

criminals.

 

God also uses incentive plans. We should need no incentive to serve the

God that has saved us when we placed our faith in the finished work of

Christ. However, God has chosen to reward those who are faithful to Him.

The story of Caleb using an incentive plan to capture the city of Debir

is also a reminder of God's incentive plan.

 

Caleb had received from Joshua, the inheritance God had promised.

(Joshua 14:10-15)

 

GOD'S INCENTIVE PLAN INVOLVES OTHERS Vss. 13-16

  Caleb conquered Hebron.

  Caleb was fully capable of conquering Debir by himself, but chose to

  involve others. God is fully of capable of accomplishing His work, but

  has chosen to involve Christians.  See Matthew 28:18-20, 1 Corinthians

  1:21, Matthew 5:16, Romans 12:6-8, 1 Peter 4:10-11

 

GOD'S INCENTIVE PLAN INCLUDES REWARDS Vss. 16-17

  Caleb offered his daughter as reward for a job well done.  Othniel was

  the one  who earned the reward by taking Debir.

  God offers rewards for jobs well done. They are called "crowns."

  James 1:12, Revelation 2:10, 1 Corinthians 9:24-27, 1 Thessalonians

  2:19-20, 2 Timothy 4:6-8, 1 Peter 5:1-4

 

GOD'S INCENTIVE PLAN INSPIRES PRAYER Vss. 18-19

  Othniel is encouraged by his wife to ask Caleb for a field. After than

  she is secure enough to ask of a loving father springs which would

  water that field. She was given more than she asked.

  Our Heavenly Father includes us in His work and rewards us. He also

  encourages us to pray, so that we will be empowered to get the job

  done. Matthew 7:7-11

 

 

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