Tag: Serve the Lord

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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Confident confession!

Scripture reading for March 8th: Joshua 22-24

Someone has said that “if you don’t stand for something, then you will fall for anything.”  I  am not ashamed to state publicly that I love Jesus Christ!  I also have repeatedly told my 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 gave his farewell address to the people God had allowed him the privilege of leading.  He had lived a hundred and ten years and knew by personal experience that they were stubborn and rebellious.  He made a strong statement to provoke them to serve the Lord.   When we take a public stand we let others hear our heart and all are held more accountable to the leader’s example.

The closing chapter records the 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.  It brought a positive response from the Israelites as well!  (Joshua 24:16-18)  After their positive response,  Joshua spoke negatively about the people’s ability to follow through with serving the Lord.  “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)

I believe that Joshua knew these people too well.  He also had Moses’ song that warned of the people’s future unfaithfulness.  (Deuteronomy 32:15-22)  God had warned these leaders so that they could preach and prepare the people to avoid the temptations of idolatry and unfaithfulness.  The leaders were expected to teach and live a godly example.   Joshua also knew God’s jealous nature!  (Exodus 34:14)  God would not put up with their sins.   Let’s confess along with Joshua and our Jesus:  “But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord!”  We will impact our family, church, and nation!

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