Taking a courageous stand!

Scripture reading for March 7: Joshua 22-24

Its been said that “if you don’t stand for something, then you will fall for anything.”  I am not ashamed to tell people publicly that I love Jesus Christ!  I have repeatedly told our children that our family serves the Lord and we are known as followers of Christ.  I don’t want the Lord to be ashamed of me because I have been ashamed of Him! (Luke 9:26)

Joshua was giving his farewell address to the people God had allowed him the privilege of leading into their inheritance.  He had lived a hundred and ten years and understood their propensity for stubbornness.   As he was ready to die, he made a strong declaration of faith to provoke them to serve the Lord.  Life and death are in the power of our tongue. (Proverbs 18:21) 

The closing chapter records the famous confession of Joshua:”. . .but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” (Joshua 24:15)  This confession has stood over the years as a beacon to fathers, pastors, and those who fear the Lord.  Joshua’s confession brought a positive statement from the Israelites as well!  (Joshua 24:16-18)  Despite their positive response, Joshua stated:  “You are not able to serve the Lord.  He is a holy God; He is a jealous God.  He will not forgive your rebellion and your sins.  If you forsake the Lord and serve foreign gods, He will turn and bring disaster on you and make an end to you, after He has been good to you.” (Joshua 24:19-20)

God knew His people well. He gave Moses a song and God’s prophetic word that told of Israel’s future unfaithfulness.  (Deuteronomy 32:15-22)  God had warned these leaders so that they could do what they could to preach and prepare the people to avoid the temptations of idolatry and unfaithfulness.  Joshua also knew God’s holiness and his jealous nature!  (Exodus 34:14)  God would not put up with these sins.  .  Prophesy was God’s way of helping His people and showing them love and care!

Have you made a bold confession of faith in Jesus Christ and received God’s promise of salvation? As a believer, have you been baptized in water to declare your faith? Today is the time to act on God’s Word! 

Tags : , , , , , ,

0 thoughts on “Taking a courageous stand!”

Leave a Reply