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Obedient Leadership Feat. Garret Barbush| EP. 103

God exalts man’s name in order for God to be glorified.” // Garret Barbush

On EP. 103 Garret continues the conversation in the book of Joshua as he breaks down what it means to be obedient men of God. In Chapter 3, God exalts Joshua in the eyes of Israel, he promotes him in a leadership role. Joshua was obedient to God and his circle of influence grew because of it. People were not going to follow Joshua without knowing that God was with him. If we truly desire to lead and grow as men, we need to understand that people will only follow us when they know that God is with us. Often our best witness as men is to show how we can lead through the difficult things in life. Joshua was obedient and sensitive to the Holy Spirit, God was with him. Men, it’s not just about being strong and courageous, but true leadership is being obedient to God and pursuing the things that He is calling us to do.

“And the Lord said to Joshua, “Today I will begin to exalt you in the eyes of all Israel, so they may know that I am with you as I was with Moses.” // Joshua 3:7 


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Takeaways:

  • As men we want to be the hero, we want to be respected, we desire a certain sense of authority
  • But ask yourself, what is the motivation behind wanting YOUR name to be exalted?
  • “And the Lord said to Joshua, “Today I will begin to exalt you in the eyes of all Israel, so they may know that I am with you as I was with Moses.” // Joshua 3:7 
  • God’s exalts man’s name in order for God to be glorified
  • God is telling Joshua in verse 7, I am going to exalt your name in the eyes of Israel, but NOT for your sake, but for My name to be glorified
  • People were not going to follow Joshua without knowing that God was with him
  • If we truly desire to lead and grow as men, we need to understand that people are NOT going to follow us unless they know that God is with us
  • How we approach life’s challenges gives people a clear view into whether or not we are walking with God
  • If we approach life’s challenges with a bad attitude, it’s going to be hard for people to want to follow you
  • We have to lead with strength and encouragement
  • Often our best witness as men is to show how we can lead through the difficult things in life
  • “That day the Lord exalted Joshua in the sight of all Israel; and they stood in awe of him all the days of his life, just as they had stood in awe of Moses.” // Joshua 4:14
  • Joshua was obedient and sensitive to the Holy Spirit. A sensitivity to the Holy Spirit is obedience to God
  • Our challenge today – Don’t just be strong and courageous, but be obedient and pursue the things that God is calling you to do