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Read Joshua 6:1 through 8:35

Published: Feb 24, 2017

“Israel has sinned; they have violated my covenant, which I commanded them to keep. They have taken some of the devoted things; they have stolen, they have lied, they have put them with their own possessions” (Joshua 7:11).

God set Israel free and led them through the desert toward the Promised Land. Once there, the people could labor for their own needs and support their families. This was because God had entered into a contract with them. The only stipulation: they were to obey His commands. Some chose to defy God. Even though their actions were done in secret, God withheld His protection from the entire community until the situation was dealt with. The sins one committed had repercussions for many.

Like Israel of old, the Church has many members but one Body. Things done in the privacy of home have ripple effects upon the body of Christ. When God is honored in the home, the Church benefits. When He is dishonored, the Church suffers. Obeying God is the best way to love those with whom we fellowship.

Thought for Today: Good or bad, my actions will affect my church family.

Quicklook: Joshua 7:8–13



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Fearless Flying


Read Joshua 1:1 through 5:15

Published: Feb 23, 2017

“Uncle Ron.” Young Ian came bounding into the house. “How did you land your plane in this weather?”

“Since I couldn’t see the nose of the plane when I landed, I relied on the navigational system. It’s brought me down safely through weather worse than this.”

“Then you will know which way to go, since you have never been this way before” (Joshua 3:4).

Pilots understand the importance of good navigational instruments. In visually limiting conditions, the life of every person on the plane depends on the reliability of those devices. Pilots have good reason to trust in their equipment. Experience. The same is true with God. With confidence, Joshua and the people followed God into a land they had never seen before.

Many talk about “blind faith,” but faith for a follower of Jesus is not blind, even though a situation might temporarily be blinding. True faith is based on a relationship with God that relies on His proven character. This kind of faith can carry us to any destination He desires.

Prayer Suggestion: Lord, help me to have faith in Your proven character.

Quicklook: Joshua 3:1–6



Alone with God


Read Psalm 91:1-16

Published: Feb 22, 2017

How can anyone escape fear when everything fearful streams into daily life through televisions, computers, and cell phones? Is there a voice that can quiet fear and calm the heart? Yes, but to hear His voice, other voices must be silenced.

“Because he loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name. He will call on me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him” (Psalm 91:14–15).

Noise disquiets the soul. It masquerades as life and leaves in its wake fear. The psalmist discovered the secret of sheltering in God’s shadow. His peace was with God. To draw near to God, he stepped away from the noise of the world. God promised that the writer’s love and trust in Him would not be disappointed. “Call on Me and I will answer,” says the Lord. “I will be with you in your time of need.” Words like these quiet the chaos of the soul and give courage to conquer every fear.

Challenge for Today: Take time to shut out the world and be alone with God.

Quicklook: Psalm 91:9–16



Trustworthy Words


Read Deuteronomy 31:1 through 34:12

Published: Feb 21, 2017

“What is your name?” Joe asked through the shattered car window.

“Sherry . . . My name is Sherry. I’m scared.”

“Don’t be scared. I’ll stay with you. Trust me. You will be okay.” Joe’s words comforted her.

“They are not just idle words for you—they are your life. By them you will live long in the land you are crossing the Jordan to possess” (Deuteronomy 32:47).

Joe’s words calmed Sherry because of the truth they conveyed. As an emergency responder, he had the tools and experience to provide the help she needed.

Israel counted on the words of the Lord. Moses reminded them of all that God had said. God’s promises and warnings were not idle. If the people honored God, He would not leave them. His words were words of life.

Believers can live in the blessing of God’s presence. He does not change and neither do His promises. We are to cling to good and turn from evil. If we will abide in Jesus, His Holy Spirit will never leave us or forsake us.

Prayer Suggestion: Father, please help me to study and heed Your Word.

Quicklook: Deuteronomy 32:39–47



The Big "If"


Read Deuteronomy 27:1 through 30:20

Published: Feb 20, 2017

The Lord will make you the head, not the tail. If you pay attention to the commands of the Lord your God that I give you this day and carefully follow them, you will always be at the top, never at the bottom (Deuteronomy 28:13).

“If” is a small word that carried huge implications for the children of Israel. If they were careful to keep the Lord’s commands, God would look after all of their concerns. If they did not keep them, then the outlook was not so bright. God would remove His presence and the protection that accompanied Him. In His absence, destruction would surely follow.

Obedience and God’s presence go hand in hand. People walk in the grace of God and neglect to realize that to please Him, He must be obeyed. Some of God’s promises have that little, easy-to-miss word—“if.” The grace of God enables us to begin to live as the Father would desire. When that is done, God opens doors that otherwise are closed to us. He comes near. In God’s Word, even the little words carry big meaning.

Prayer Suggestion: Lord, help me obey even in things that seem small.

Quicklook: Deuteronomy 28:7–14



Remember


Read Deuteronomy 19:1 through 26:19

Published: Feb 19, 2017

Deuteronomy 24:22 isn’t the Bible verse many people post on social media. It isn’t often the memorized “verse for the day” highlighted on the refrigerator.

But for Israel, it served as a reminder. God wanted His work with the Israelites to remain highlighted and in bold. He wanted His work to be remembered.

There were reasons for His commands. God had brought the nation out of a season of painful slavery. To reinforce that historical miracle, God hoped His people would treat others the way He had treated them.

God instructed the Israelites to give, not just to Him in a comfortable, planned, expected offerings, but to leave gleanings in the vineyard for the strangers, the fatherless, and the widows:

“Remember that you were slaves in Egypt. That is why I command you to do this” (Deuteronomy 24:22).

God planned for His people to share. Giving to others is an act of remembering all that God has given.

Challenge for Today: Remember what God has guided you through. Allow it to inspire you to serve others.

Quicklook: Deuteronomy 24:17–22



 

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