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Joshua Don’t Quit Day 1 Week 7 Reading - Josh 1:7-8 "Only be strong and very courageous; be careful to do according to all the law which Moses My servant commanded you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, so that you may have success wherever you go.” NASU
Thought - We know from previous times in Joshua’s life that he was strong and very courageous. These words from the Lord to Joshua carried a force because he like Israel had not been this way before. He was Moses’ servant now he was Israel’s leader; this change alone required a very different strength and courage from previous occasions. New challenges require new strength, the unknown always requires courage. God tells Joshua, do not quit and He tells us the same thing. Moses learned to do what the Lord told Him and the promise of success is given to all who keep following the Lord; it is important because we often feel those who have gone before us were somehow better than us. Don’t quit - prove God’s faithfulness in doing all He is putting in your heart.
Prayer Lord will You help me as I take uncertain steps, to escape my comfort zones. Change can be very daunting, new experiences take all my strength. I know today I will have to do things I dislike or fear. I know also I will be required to keep improving my performance at work or because of people’s expectations. Thank You for believing in me enough to dare me to get out of the boat. Help me to follow Your direction and to surprise my self. Amen
Follow With Care!
Reading - Josh 3:3-6 As soon as you see the ark of the covenant of the Lord your God being carried by the Levitical priests, then you shall set out from your place and follow it. Yet there shall be a distance between you and it, about 2,000 cubits in length. Do not come near it, in order that you may know the way you shall go, for you have not passed this way before." Then Joshua said to the people, "Consecrate yourselves, for tomorrow the Lord will do wonders among you." ESV
Thought - I have loved these words for many years. They remind me constantly that no matter how much I have learned from the Lord or in serving Him, each day is a new day. Following the Lord builds a pool of experience, wisdom and knowledge but as He leads, there will always be a sense that we have never been this way before. In our lives, churches, jobs, we will always be facing new phases, with their confusion of thoughts and feelings. How good to know if we keep the Lord in view we will discover where to go and what to do.
I have spent a lifetime trying to discern the moving of the Holy Spirit and the will of God. The word, “consecrate” has called me to lay “me” down again and again, to hold the vision lightly while at the same time be determined never to move from the right or the left.
- Lord Jesus will you fill me with your Holy Spirit today. Please help develop a feel for Him in my daily life that I may be able to follow Him with appreciation of His holiness and His knowledge. Forgive me for my habit of presuming to know, especially when I listen to others and feel I can help them or have the answer. Let me walk carefully at these times for I have learned the hard way, that my help can sometimes do more harm than good. Amen
Reading Josh 4:20-23 And those twelve stones, which they took out of the Jordan, Joshua set up at Gilgal. And he said to the people of Israel, "When your children ask their fathers in times to come, 'What do these stones mean?' then you shall let your children know, 'Israel passed over this Jordan on dry ground.'” ESV
Thought - There are many forms of the Christian Church who build ritual into their worship. A significant part of ritual is to continually remind us of the nature of our faith or the character of our God. We are all aware of how habit becomes routine with its accompanying loss of meaning, however the opposite where we have no memorials to remind us, is equally hazardous. In an age where focus is on the ‘now’ moment, the past becomes insignificant and unavailable for appreciation or challenge. The result can be we suffer loss of richness, depth and wisdom. To remember is to be in conversation with our story, and as Christians that story is of God working in our lives. God’s eyes saw us before we were formed; He even knows our pre-history. As we recall, our story is told to those who ask, “Why do you do it this way?” “What do your stones of memory mean?”
In this one minute with you Lord, I pause to remember just one thing You have done for me. Thank You for what You did and for the memory. I will sit quietly now recalling Your goodness. So be it.
Fall Face Down
Josh 5:13-15 When Joshua was by Jericho, he lifted up his eyes and looked, and behold, a man was standing before him with his drawn sword in his hand. And Joshua went to him and said to him, "Are you for us, or for our adversaries?" And he said, "No; but I am the commander of the army of the Lord. Now I have come." And Joshua fell on his face to the earth and worshipped and said to him, "What does my lord say to his servant?" And the commander of the Lord's army said to Joshua, "Take off your sandals from your feet, for the place where you are standing is holy." And Joshua did so. ESV
Thought - Some years ago I was part of a team which organised a large evangelistic mission in the London area. One evening a whole family walked to the platform to commit their lives to Christ. The father knelt down and the family followed suit. When asked afterwards why they knelt, the father replied, “What else do you do when you meet the
Lord?” Joshua challenged the man, who was probably an appearing of Jesus before He was born and took human flesh. “Are you for us or against us?” “Neither,” was the reply and still is. We may have a God given ministry but we can never say God is for us in all we do. He comes to us as we serve, then we kneel, for what else do we do when we meet Him, then we recognise even the ground we stand on is not ours but His, different, holy.
Prayer - Find a private place and kneel down. The Lord is there with you, tell Him you are kneeling to acknowledge He is Lord and recognise this is a personal moment on Holy ground. Tell Him somehow you know this is a right thing to do, that you honour Him and magnify Him. Just take the minute to be with Him on your knees and ask when you rise He will lift you up. Amen
Made for the Mountains
Reading Josh 14:12 Now therefore, give me this mountain of which the Lord spoke in that day; for you heard in that day how the Anakim were there, and that the cities were great and fortified. It may be that the Lord will be with me, and I shall be able to drive them out as the Lord said." NKJV
Thought - Five years after becoming a minister I was working on a Bible Study and felt I should stop to pray. As I prayed and then sat quietly I heard God speak to me, the voice was not audible but it was real. His words were not related to anything I was doing and I was not prepared to hear. He said, “You can be a pastor you know?” After five years of ministry I was not sure if I could keep doing this, my response to the words was a simple, “OK, let’s do it.” The effect of the words has been that whenever I hit obstacles, felt vulnerable or became discouraged, I pressed on again knowing, “I can do this.” Caleb said, “Give me the mountain you said I could have”. God has given us many wonderful promises and many seem so impossible. Never stop asking God for the mountains, the high country, it was for these you were made.
Prayer - Lord I recognise that Caleb and Joshua were men of a different spirit from those around them. Will you fill me today afresh with your Holy Spirit that I too may find my spirit and my disposition changing. Instead of things getting the better of me, give me a great spirit which knows I can do all things through God’s strength, condition me for victory, not defeat. Give me my mountain, Hallelujah! Amen
Reading Joshua 21:44-45 And the Lord gave them rest on every side just as he had sworn to their fathers. Not one of all their enemies had withstood them, for the Lord had given all their enemies into their hands. Not one word of all the good promises that the Lord had made to the house of Israel had failed; all came to pass. ESV
Thought - Throughout our lives we will find ourselves embattled either from demons within or forces without. The Lord promises us victory as we walk with Him, taking up the defences He gives us and fighting with His weapons. He also brings us times of rest and they
are given for our enjoyment and recovery. In the book of Hebrews, faith is considered to bring rest and we are urged to keep believing that we may enter into our rest. Jesus told His disciples to step out of their ministry from time to time and rest because their soul needed it. If Jesus needed such times of recovery, how much more us. For our driven lives, when God brings periods when the battles ease and blessing comes, “stop” for a while, enjoy. He kept His promises through the battle and the rest is His promise when it is given.
We rest on Thee, our Shield and our Defender! We go not forth alone against the foe; Strong in Thy strength, safe in Thy keeping tender, We rest on Thee, and in Thy Name we go. Yes, in Thy Name, O Captain of salvation! In Thy dear Name, all other names above; Jesus our Righteousness, our sure Foundation, Our Prince of glory and our King of love. Edith G. Cherry, 1895
Reading - Josh 24:15 Joshua 24:31 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 dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord." Israel served the Lord all the days of Joshua, and all the days of the elders who outlived Joshua and had known all the work that the Lord did for Israel. ESV
Thought - Choosing to serve the Lord is a day by day and moment by moment matter for us as Christians, for the ways of our world are so different from the ways of our God. Choosing to serve the Lord is also a matter for Parents at home, Ministers of churches, and Leaders at any level as it determines the beliefs and directions of everything we do. Choosing not to serve the Lord carries consequences and the next book in the Bible, Judges, illustrates this graphically. Our country has chosen not to serve the Lord and the consequences are evident. How important we as Christians serve the Lord with all our hearts and call the nation to, “choose the Lord.”
Prayer - Lord I give myself to You today, I choose to serve You and ask You to help me, in wherever I find myself with responsibility, to trust and follow You there. Let my heart find its inclinations to lean toward You rather than away. Lead me to know that the ways of God are true, just and reach far below the surface. Not only do I choose to serve You today Lord, I simply in all I am and do, choose You. Amen
Notes from the current series "The books of the Bible"by Pastor Mike Sherwood at Elim Christian Centre, Chelmsford, England.