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Trek through Joshua

Knowing the time of our visitation!

Scripture reading for April 6th:  Joshua 22-24, Psalm 116, Luke 19

Key Scriptures:  Luke 19:41-44 “And when He drew near and saw the city, He wept over it, saying, “Would that you, even you, had known on this day the things that make for peace!  But now they are hidden from your eyes.  For the days will come upon you, when your enemies will set up a barricade around you and surround you and hem you in on every side, and tear you down to the ground, you and your children within you.  And they will not leave one stone upon another, because you did not know the time of your visitation.”  

Jesus wept over the city of Jerusalem.  He was ready to enter it to cleanse the temple to begin the last week of His life before dying as our Passover sacrifice.  But the people of Jerusalem were unreceptive of the truth of Jesus Christ and God’s amazing plan revealed by Jesus, Himself.  The would reject Him and have Him crucified.  This would bring about the destruction of the city and the people and their children.  When Jesus returns at the end of the age, those rejecting Him will miss the time of their visitation.

Psalm 116:1-2  “I love the Lord, because He has heard my voice and my pleas for mercy.  Because He has inclined His ear to me, therefore I will call on Him as long as I live.”  

Faith confession and prayer:  Lord Jesus, I ask you for mercy for those who do not yet know you.  I weep for the lost and those who harden their hearts concerning Your visitation bringing salvation.

Joshua 24:14 “Now therefore fear the Lord and serve Him in sincerity and in faithfulness.  Put away the gods that your fathers served beyond the River and in Egypt, and serve the Lord.”  

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Living by Faith in the unfailing promises!

Scripture reading for April 3rd:  Joshua 18-21, Psalm 15, Luke 18

Key Scriptures:  Luke 18:6-8  “And the Lord said, “Hear what the unrighteous judge says.  And will not God give justice to His elect, who cry to Him day and night?  Will He delay long over them?  I tell you, He will give justice to them speedily.  Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on earth?”

Jesus told a parable to His disciples to reinforce His teaching that men ought “always to pray and not faint.”  He told of a widow that came repeatedly to an unjust judge asking for “justice against her adversary.”  She came so often that the judge finally agreed to help her to get her off his case.  Jesus used the reluctant judge to contrast with God’s speedy answers to His own people when they called in faith.  The question is, would Jesus find people asking for justice and honestly seeking God’s help when He returned for them?

Psalm 15:1-2 “O Lord, who shall sojourn in Your tent?  Who shall dwell on Your holy hill?  He who walks blamelessly and does what is right and speaks truth in his heart; . . .”

Faith confession and prayer:  Lord Jesus, I desire to dwell with You eternally.  Help me to walk in faith today and obey Your holy Word trusting in all Your good promises.  You, alone, will bring justice to the earth!

Joshua 21:45 “Not one word of all the good promises that the Lord had made to the house of Israel had failed; all came to pass.”  

 

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Possessing the full inheritance!

Scripture reading for April 2nd:  Joshua 14-17, Luke 17

Key Scriptures:  Luke 17:3-6  “”Pay attention to yourselves!  If your brother sins, rebuke him, and if he repents, forgive him, and if he sins against you seven times in the day, and turns to you seven times, saying, ‘I repent,’  you must forgive him.”  The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith!”  And the Lord said, “If you had faith like a grain of mustard seed, you could say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you.””  

Jesus was teaching His disciples about the need to keep their hearts free from offense.  It would require attention to their own hearts when brothers or sisters sinned against them.  These offenses must be dealt with in a timely manner in the day they happen (Ephesians 4:26).  To this teaching, the disciples cried, “Increase our faith!”  Jesus said that the faith needed was available in seed form.  It may appear small, like a mustard seed, but when they spoke to the problem, the problem would be removed.  Much like Caleb of old, ‘give me this hill country’ came from the seed of faith in God’s promises.

Joshua 14:10-12  “. . .And now behold, I am this day eighty-five years old.  I am still as strong today as I was in the day that Moses sent me; my strength now is as my strength was then, for war and for going and coming.  So now give me this hill country of which the Lord spoke on that day, . .”  

Faith Confession and prayer:  Lord, increase my faith daily that I may attentively guard my heart against offenses and unbelief!  Give me my full inheritance and renewed strength in old age to take possession of it!

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Much land to possess!

Scripture reading for April 1st:  Joshua 9-13, Luke 16

Key Scriptures:  Luke 16:10-13 “One who is faithful in a very little is also faithful in much, and one who is dishonest in a very little is also dishonest in much.  If then you have not been faithful in the unrighteous wealth, who will entrust to you the true riches?  And if you have not been faithful in that which is another’s, who will give you that which is your own?  No servant can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other.  You cannot serve God and money.”  

Money is also a necessity of life to buy what we need.  It is not evil in itself.   Jesus taught His disciples that the “very little”, money, was a test for all men of their faithfulness.  Their honesty in dealing with money, their own and others, showed where their heart really was.  When money was the center and people spent all their time serving money and controlling it, they would not be right with God and could not serve Him.  He did not say it was hard to serve God and money, but it was impossible!  Choosing to put God at the center is possessing the ground of our heart.

Faith Confession and prayer:  Lord Jesus, forgive me for trying at times to serve You and money.  In my old age, there is still much for me to possess of Your truth in my own soul.  Jesus Christ is Lord of all!   Money is “very little” but God is everything!

Joshua 13:1 “Now Joshua was old and advanced in years, and the Lord said to him, “You are old and advanced in years, and there remains yet very much land to possess.”

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Joy in heaven!

Scripture reading for March 31st:  Joshua 5-8, Psalm 14, Luke 15

Key Scriptures:  Joshua 6:23-25 “So the young men who had been spies went in and brought out Rahab and her father and mother and brothers and all who belonged to her.  And they brought all her relatives and put them outside the camp of Israel.  And they burned the city with fire, and everything in it.  Only the silver and gold, the vessels of bronze and of iron, they put into the treasury of the house of the Lord.  But Rahab the prostitute and her father’s household and all who belonged to her, Joshua saved alive.  And she has lived in Israel to this day, because she hid the messengers whom Joshua sent to spy out Jericho.”  

Joshua entered the promised land and faced Jericho.  God gave him a plan to take the city.  But the spies had been hidden by Rahab and she had tied the scarlet cord on her window and gathered her family inside.  Joshua give instructions to the spies to go and bring her and her family out before destroying the city.  God delights in saving the lost who come to Him by faith!

Psalm 14:7 “Oh, that salvation for Israel would come out of Zion!  When the Lord restores the fortunes of His people, Let Jacob rejoice, let Israel be glad.”  

Faith confession and prayer:  Lord, thank You for Your great compassion for the lost sinner and for making provision through faith.  Help me to bring many out of strongholds of sin into the safety of Your covenant through the Gospel!

Luke 15:6-7 “. . ., rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep that was lost.  Just so, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance.”   

 

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Lead Me on Level Ground!

Scripture reading for March 30th:  Joshua 1-4, Psalm 143, Luke 14

Key Scriptures: Luke 14:25-30  “Now great crowds accompanied Him, and He turned and said to them, “If anyone comes to Me and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be My disciple.  Whoever does not bear his own cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple.  For which of you, desiring to build a tower, does not first sit down and count the cost, whether he has enough to complete it?  Otherwise, when he has laid a foundation and is not able to finish, all who see it begin to mock him, saying, ‘This man began to build and was not able to finish.'”

Joshua 1:8-9 “This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it.  For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.”  

Jesus taught that there were priorities that must be decided upon if a person chose to become His disciple.  Family could not be first.  Our own life in soul and body must be placed lower than following Jesus.  There was a cross for each disciple that they must chose to bear.  Successful discipleship would come by full surrender and obedience to God’s Word and Christ’s teaching.

Faith confession and prayer:  Lord, I have set You and Your Word as my priority in my life.  Help me to keep Your Word in my heart and on my lips as I walk with You to the promised land.

Psalm 143:10  “Teach me to do Your will, for You are my God!  Let Your good Spirit lead me on level ground!”  

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Single-hearted serving!

Scripture reading for March 23rd:  Joshua 22-24, Judges 1, Luke 16

Key Scriptures: Luke 16:10-13  “One who is faithful in a very little is also faithful in much, and one who is dishonest in a very little is also dishonest in much.  If then you have not been faithful in the unrighteous wealth, who will entrust to you the true riches?  And if you have not been faithful in that which is another’s, who will give you that which is your own?  No servant can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other.  You cannot serve God and money.”

Jesus warned his disciples about the danger of compromise.  To be faithful servants of God requires a single focus.  You cannot serve God and place something else in His place, vying for your affection.  It is impossible!

Joshua 24:14-15  “”Now therefore fear the Lord and serve Him in sincerity and in faithfulness.  Put away the gods that your fathers served beyond the River and in Egypt, and serve the Lord.  And if it is evil in your eyes to serve the Lord, choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your fathers served in the region beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you well.  But as for me and my house, we will  serve the Lord.””

Prayer:  Lord, I choose again today to serve You Alone, to devote my life to You and love You.  Amen.

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Possess your inheritance!

Scripture reading for March 22nd:  Joshua 18-21, Luke 15

Key Scriptures: Luke 15:11-14  “And He said, “There was a man who had two sons.  And the younger of them said to his father, ‘Father, give me the share of my property that is coming to me.’  And he divided his property between them.  Not many days later, the younger son gathered all he had and took a journey into a far country, and there he squandered his property in reckless living.”

Jesus told the story of a man with two sons.  One son faithfully stayed with his father and worked.  The younger demanded his inheritance and went and squandered it in reckless living.  The younger son lost everything but decided to come humbly back to his father and was welcomed home. The older son was resentful and angry.  The father wanted both his sons to possess their inheritance!

Joshua 18:3  “So Joshua said to the people of Israel, “How long will you put off going in to take possession of the land, which the Lord, the God of your fathers, has given you?” 

Prayer: Lord, help me to recognize the great value of the inheritance You have given me and possess it by faith and obedience!  Amen.

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Killing selfish ‘giants’!

Scripture reading for March 21st:  Joshua 15-18, Luke 14

Key Scriptures:  Luke 14:25-27  “Now great crowds accompanied Him, and He turned and said to them, “If anyone comes to Me and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yeas, and even his own life, he cannot be My disciple.  Whoever does not bear his own cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple.”

Jesus attracted great crowds but He did not want anyone following Him that had not truly counted the cost.  Following Jesus is a costly pursuit.  It could cost all relationships, for God must be put over all others.  It could even cost a person their life.  The willingness to die was in the metaphor of carrying a cross while following.  This idea would come into focus as Jesus carried His!

Joshua 15:13  “According to the commandment of the Lord to Joshua, he gave to Caleb the son of Jephunneh a portion among the people of Judah, Kiriath-arba, that is, Hebron (Arba was the father of Anak.  And Caleb drove out from there the three sons of Anak, . . “

Prayer:  Lord, thank You for being the ultimate example for us to follow.  May we bring You joy as we place You first above all else.  Amen.

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Inheriting the Kingdom!

Scripture reading for March 20th:  Joshua 12-14, Luke 13

Key Scriptures: Luke 13:18-19  “He said therefore, “What is the kingdom of God like?  And to what shall I compare it?  It is like a grain of mustard seed that a man took and sowed in his garden, and it grew and became a tree, and the birds of the air made their nests in it.”

Jesus illustrated the nature of God’s kingdom to His disciples.  He used the common mustard seed to illustrate how powerful something appearing so small in the natural really was.  When this small seed was placed in the garden, it grew and became a great tree that could provide shelter and nesting for the birds.  Caleb’s faith build his inheritance after 45 years of patience!

Joshua 14:10-12 “And now, behold, the Lord has kept me alive, just as He said, these forty-five years since the time that the Lord spoke this word to Moses, while Israel walked in the wilderness.  And now,  behold, I am this day eighty five years old.  I am still as strong today as I was in the day that Moses sent me, my strength is now what my strength was then. So now, give me that hill country of which the Lord spoke on that day. . .”

Prayer:  Lord, thank You for these examples of men of faith that believed and stood on Your Word.  May I be strong and courageous all my days.  Amen.

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