Joshua 3:14a  And it came to pass, when the people removed from their tents, to pass over Jordan.”

Whoever said, “the Christian life is not a playground; it is a battlefield” was exactly right! No one understood this more than Joshua.

The Christian life is a series of spiritual battles. Each battle is bigger than the last, and in each battle, the stakes are higher.

The book of Joshua takes us on the journey with the children of Israel as they conquer the land of Canaan. It takes us through both the mountaintops and valleys they experienced as they gained ground for the glory of God.

You don’t have to wander in the wilderness. That is not God’s plan for your life. God’s plan for you is the same that He had for the children of Israel. His plan for your life is the Promised Land. We each need to come to the place in our lives where we have the faith—like the children of Israel—to leave the wilderness, come out of our tents, cross Jordan, and claim the Promised Land.

The first twelve chapters of the book of Joshua focus on Israel’s gaining control of the Promised Land. In the second half of the book, Joshua basically divides up the land. Then, in chapter 24, he gives his last challenge to God’s people to serve the Lord. However, they would never have gained ground for the glory of God if they had not first chosen to exercise their faith, leave their comfort zones, and come out of their tents.


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John Evertson

John Evertson, GSBC Campus Pastor

In June 2000, after graduating from Golden State Baptist College, John Evertson answered the call to pastor West Valley Baptist Church in Woodland, California. After 19 years, God moved Pastor and Mrs. Evertson to Santa Clara. Pastor Evertson is instrumental in the church and serves as the Campus Pastor for Golden State Baptist College to help guide the future servants of God. Pastor & Mrs. Evertson have four children — Josiah, Jeremiah, Joy, and Joshua.