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God Commissions Joshua

September 2nd, 2017

After the death of Moses, Joshua  led the  Children of Israel  into the  Promised Land.  Here in Joshua 1:1-9 we   read of the commission  given  by the  LORD  Himself.  We  can  make  application for  ourselves from this  passage  on how we are  to regard the Word of God.

He  promises Joshua  and  us that, if we   obey  Him He will never  forsake us. (Joshua 1:5Joshua 1:7-8 tell us what the LORD  told Joshua regarding the Word of God.  Christians  today  must   appropriate these   verses for  themselves.  Remember, no truth of God’s Word is  truly yours  until you  find it for yourself in the Bible.  We must  be like the Bereans in Acts 17:11.

Joshua  is  told  to  do everything “according to the  Law”  that  Moses taught him.  This   tells us that  the whole  counsel of God is important, that  all of God’s Word is  true, not  just the  parts  we like. (II Timothy 3:16-17).  The LORD   instructs Joshua not  to turn from the center of His  Word.  We must be  found believing and  teaching the same message everywhere we  go (II Timothy 4:1-8).

In Joshua 1:8 we see the importance of knowing the  Word of God; that  is, knowing what you believe and why.  A  Christian  who  knows why  he is  one will not fall into apostasy and  be  led astray by the  Devil.

Joshua is  further instructed  to  “meditate on the Word, day and  night.” Meditating  on God’s Word goes  beyond studying His Word. It  tells us that we have be  willing to  put in the  time need to  grow “in the grace and  knowledge of the Lord Jesus.”  We must be like Joshua and  be  strong and  courageous in the Lord,  and  being willing  to share the Word of God with all we come in contact.  Joshua had the opportunity  to live out  his faith, the same can  be said for us.  Joshua 1:9 lets us know that wherever we go, the Lord is  with us.  God will equip us  for service if we will let  Him. We must, as the   hymn writer says, “take the Name of Jesus With You…” So I say to myself and to you, “Onward Christian Soldiers….” let’s keep the  Cross of Jesus uplifted. The world is  lost  without Christ—we have  been given the  opportunity to help them find HIM!

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Enjoying The Heavenly Places in Christ

September 1st, 2017

In Ephesians 1:3 Paul wrote these words, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ.” The Christian is a heavenly person. He is not “of this world.” Philippians 3:20 tells us that we are “citizens of heaven.”

What does this mean to the Christian? It means that we do not let the things of this world, which is anti-God, dictate how we live. We have been called out of a kingdom of darkness into the kingdom of the Lord Jesus (Col. 1:2-14.). The Word of God is our constitution,especially the New Testament. We find in its pages how to live and act as “citizens of heaven,” and enjoy all the blessings in Christ!

Jesus said that He came to give us the abundant life. We should desire all that the Godhead has for us. Paul told the Colossians that we should “seek the things that are above.” We must, therefore, strive to conduct our lives with a heavenly emphasis. We need to renew our minds spiritually.

We have received these spiritual blessings so that we can praise God! The Lord has promised to equip us for service so that we can reach the lost and strengthen the saved. These blessings that we have as “citizens of heaven” are to help us grow daily in “the grace and knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ.”

We cannot live the Christian life by ourselves. We need the help of the Lord at all times. Satan is out there ” as a roaring lion,seeking whom he may devour.” Because of that, we need the assurance that “greater is He who in you than he who is in the world.”

Christians should seek everything God has for us so that we can be equipped to live Him, always learning from the Word of God, and being active in His service while we look forward to the time when the Lord returns for His Church to take us home to the full reality of the Heavenly kingdom.

While we have been promised all the blessings today, one day we will enjoy them on a higher scale when we see Him face to face. If we avail ourselves of all that He has for us and use the blessings to bring glory to Him, we will “let our light shine for Him.”

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Rescued from The Domain of Darkness

September 1st, 2017

“For He has  rescued us from the domain of darkness, and  transferred  us to the  kingdom of His beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.” (Col. 1:13-14)  Most of us, I’m quite  sure, prefer  light to darkness.  Without Jesus, all of  us were in darkness, members, although we  may not have  known it, in the kingdom of Satan.  Our heavenly Father desired that we all come to a  saving knowledge and has  provided the means through His Son, the Lord Jesus.  We are  glad that we can  share in the inheritance He has for us (Col. 1:12).

The Word of God describes this transformation as  changing  kingdoms. We  have been  brought out of  darkness into the marvelous light of the Gospel.  The  terminology used  here  by Paul is a  military  illustration.  It  pictures Rome  going  into a  free  country and as a  result of waging  war and winning they subdue that  nation and  take them into captivity.  But  in the  spiritual realm, we are the ones in bondage and when  we accept The Lord Jesus and  obey the Gospel, we are “transferred” (NASV) or “translated” (KJV)  or are  “conveyed” (NKJV)  out of that  bondage into  the light of the Gospel.   But  it does  not  end there.  Since we have redemption, the  forgiveness of our sins (Col. 1:14) we must  put  our new found  faith to the  test.  We have been  called out  of that dark kingdom, changed by the   light of the Gospel and  now have the  privilege to  go back into that kingdom, now empowered by the Holy  Spirit and utilizing the  Whole Armor of God (Eph. 6:10-20)  to  help  others  find their way out.  We  can  never  work our way to heaven, but   upon  salvation, we are  to be the  best  workers the Lord has.    Let’s be  found  letting our light  shine for Jesus (1 Peter 2:10)!

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