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Possess the Land!

Scripture reading for March 1st:  Numbers 35-36, Deuteronomy 1-2, Mark 16

Key Scriptures:  Deuteronomy 1:6-8  “”The Lord our God said to us in Horeb, ‘You have stayed long enough at this mountain.  Turn and take your journey, and go to the hill country of the Amorites and in all their neighbors in the Arabah, in the hill country and in the lowland and in the Negeb and by the seacoast, the land of the Canaanites, and Lebanon, as far as the great river, the river Euphrates.  See, I have set the land before you.  Go in and take possession of the land that the Lord swore to your fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give to them and to their offspring after them.””

Moses was recounting God’s instructions to him and Israel after they received the Ten Commandments at Mt. Sinai.  God’s people were to possess the land that the Lord had given them.  They were to walk in faith and obedience.  This is a precursor to Jesus’ final instructions to His disciples to take the Gospel to the entire world!

Mark 16:15-18 “And He said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the Gospel to the whole creation.  Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.  And these signs will accompany those who believe:  In My Name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; they will pick up serpents with their hands; and if they drink any deadly poison, it will not hurt them;  they will lay their hands on the sick, and they will recover.””

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, fill me with Your Spirit today that I may walk in this world and declare the Gospel with the signs You will provide.  Amen.

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Thankful for a Holy God!

Scripture reading for February 15th:  Numbers 30-33

Key Scriptures:  Numbers 33:50-53  “On the plains of Moab by the Jordan across from Jericho the Lord said to Moses, “Speak to the Israelites and say to them: “When you cross the Jordan into Canaan, drive out all the inhabitants of the land before you.  Destroy all their carved images and their cast idols, and demolish all their high places.  Take possession of the land and settle in it, for I have given you the land to possess.”  

The Israelites were given specific instructions about possessing the land that God had promised them.  They were to destroy all the idols and idolatrous places of worship and drive out the inhabitants completely.  They must be separate and cleanse the land from all evil and wickedness lest they be ensnared by the idolatry and sensuality of the Canaanites.

Thanksgiving:  We are thankful today that God is holy and calls His people to a holy and separated life that He might dwell in their presence and they might enjoy Him forever and ever!  “Do not be yoked together with unbelievers.  For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common?  Or what fellowship can light have with darkness? . . .As God has said, “I will live with them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they will be My people.”  (2 Corinthians 6:14, 16)

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Strength and courage needed–apply here!

Scripture Reading for March 2nd: Joshua 1-5

Walking with God is not for wimps!  He is a mighty warrior and a conqueror!  His reputation for war is known far and wide!  He never loses or backs down, but often employs some very unconventional battle strategy (Joshua 6:2-5) and uses only those willing to follow His leadership.

“Be strong and courageous, because you will lead these people to inherit the land I swore to their forefathers to give them.  Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go.  Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it.  Then you will be prosperous and successful.  Have I not commanded you?  Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:6-9

Possessing your inheritance requires strength and courage!   It requires strength to walk through the mountains and valleys. You must have strength of mind to keep your thoughts focused on God’s promises.  You must possess strength of character and soul to keep from falling for the temptations of the enemy and the flesh that would trip you up.  God promises to lead you and go with you.  (Matthew 28:20)

Courage is the ability to face tough situations with confidence.  Courage is not the absence of fear but the ability to face fear with truth.  When we know God, we come to trust and rely on His leadership and strength to get us through each obstacle.  Joshua was told not to let God’s Law and Word depart from his mouth or mind.   He was guaranteed prosperity and success as he meditated on the Word and was careful to obey.  Faith is produced by this process and it pleases God! (Romans 10:17) (Hebrews 11:6)

Today, receive this reading from Joshua as a personal call from the Lord to walk in renewed strength and courage.  Jesus Christ is our “Joshua” and has blazed a trail of perfect obedience to God’s Word.  His leadership in our lives today will give us both the strength and courage to face the obstacles in our path!  “Be strong and very courageous!”

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