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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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The Rock That Is Higher Than I!

August 3rd, 2011

Text: Psalm 61:1-8

Introduction: In our  hymnal, “Great Songs of the Church,” William Cushing’s hymn, “O, Safe To The Rock That Is Higher Than I” is linked to  Psalm 61. Psalm 61 says: “Lead me to the  rock that is higher than I.”

Cushing wrote:

O, safe to the rock that is higher than I

My soul in its conflicts and sorrows would fly;

So sinful, so weary, thine, thine would I be:

Thou blessed Rock of Ages, I’m hiding in Thee.

Hiding in Thee, hiding in Thee –

Thou blest Rock of Ages, I’m hiding in Thee.

People who have  lived with the Lord for any length of time know the force of that hymn and the  image it is based  upon. It is because life is filled  with sorrows, and there are times  in life when there is lierally no one else to whom we can trun to for comfort or  help. Some examples:

  • Some people spend most of their time alone.
  • Others are  surrounded by  unsympathizing family; perhaps because these others are  not  Christians and resent the  believer’s convictions and lifestyle.
  • Some have  an unbelieving spouse.
  • Some have  people resenting you at  work.

Yet if they are Christians and have any  experience of the Lord at all, they know that God is a Rock to which they can turn, a  rock that  is higher, wiser, and stronger than themselves.

As was  David’s desire to  know the Lord more  intimately, that  should  be our desire also.We can know God more intimetely than David becasie we know Him in the Lord Jesus Christ.

Jesus is the Rock of Ages. But He is  also the  Rock that has been cleft for us, crucified, that we might be saved from sin. “Rock of Ages, cleft for me, Let me  hide my self in Thee!”

Jesus is our refuge; but not  only a refuge from human enemies and foes. He is a refuge from the  wrath of God.  He is our tower that we can run into and be safe. He is our tabernacle. John used this  very  word when he wrote John 1:14: “The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us. We have seen His glory, the  glory of the only  begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.”

Sometimes  we need to feel that we are at our wit’s end before we can discover how wonderful Jesus is.

 

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