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Just One More Day

Pharaoh wanted one more day with the frogs . . . The prodigal son wanted just a few more meals with the hogs . . . and Israel desired the fog rather than to trust in the Lord completely.

What are you hanging onto that’s keeping you from “walking daily with the Lord”?  Pastor Tim Turner

 

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The Church & its Legacy

How does a church or Christian lose it’s godly legacy?

Why do churches that are vibrant end up closed and doors shut? It is a slow digression as it was in the days of Joshua:

When Moses handed the reins to Joshua to lead the children of Israel into the Promised Land, Joshua did so with purpose and intent. He was a man of commitment and meditated daily on the Word of God. THEN, there were the tribes who followed Joshua half heartedly, who came through the river, saw the walls come down as well as other miracles, yet had no resolve just like many average church members today who are just “warming the pews”. The next generation who followed the ones with no resolve, were enticed by the gods of the land. These people KNEW NOT GOD.

When we are luke-warm, we are in danger of producing a generation who doesn’t know God. Joshua’s personal testimony was strong and consistent, ending his life with a “charge”, yet few chose to follow after him.

Who and how are you leading? Are you purposing with intent to pass the torch of faith so that your children’s children will KNOW GOD?

Judges 21:25 “In those days there was no king in Israel: every man did that which was right in his own eyes.”

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Recognizing Giants

Can you recognize the giant of “selective memory”?  Even the children of Israel could remember “how it was” in Egypt, but could NOT remember the miracles God did for them “DAILY”!

How about the giant of “perception”?  Israel took 40 years to travel what could have taken them 11 days had their perspective been different.  40 years in the dessert was a result of what they perceived!

Can you recognize the giant of “murmuring” in your life?  Israel murmured and complained about everything – what God DID do as well as what God DIDN’T do!  This kept them from truly seeing the goodness of the Lord.

Can you recognize the giant of “depression, discouragement & despair” in your life?  Do you have a “woe is me” attitude or outlook on all that occurs in your life?  Do you view your glass as 1/2 empty opposed to 1/2 full?  We all get down and discouraged at times, but we must choose NOT TO STAY THERE.  Anything that hinders you from being close to the Lord, is a GIANT!

If you are NOT able to recognize your giants, you will never be able to put them to death.

 

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Crossed the Jordan Lately?

As I was sharing with a young women recently about the importance of obedience and faith and how they work together, and that obedience brings blessings, I was reminded of the story in Joshua Chapter 3, as the children of Israel crossed the Jordan River at a point when the river was out of its banks and was 30 miles wide!

Because I am an inquisitive person, I have to wonder how deep was the river?  How many miles of Israelites were waiting to go across?  How many had their eyes on the water wondering when it would come down and how many had their eyes on the ark of God?  How many rushed to the front of the line excited to see the Lord at work, while those of little faith moved to the back to wait and see how many drowned before they decided if they would cross?  Just a few thoughts that ran through my mind as I studied this.

It wasn’t UNTIL the feet of the priests (who went before them carrying the ark of God) dipped into the edge of the waters, that the waters quit flowing — rising up in one heap, where the children of Israel could cross through the Jordan River walking on dry ground.  While crossing . . .  the ark of the covenant of the Lord, stood on dry ground in the middle of the Jordan until ALL the nation had finished crossing the Jordan.

What can we learn from this?

God will go before us — We must step out in faith, THEN God will show HIMSELF mightily — The waters did NOT part UNTIL the priest stepped into the edge of the water.  This took faith — God will not ask us to trust HIM, then abandon us — Obedience brings blessings and works alongside faith — God cares enough about us to give examples ALL throughout the scriptures that tell us how to live daily — It is the duty of the parents to tell our children the words and works of God, so that they may be trained up in the way they should go, keeping their eyes on God — The Lord Himself remained in the place of danger until all Israel had crossed the Jordan.

The part I love is in Chapter 4 of Joshua where God told them to take up stones and put them at the lodging place on the “other side” of the Jordan.  Where did the stones come from?  God told them to take the stones OUT OF THE BOTTOM OF THE RIVER where the priests feet stood!  Those stones were to be a memorial — a reminder of what God did!  He provided them an opportunity to tell their children (and show them) what God did — passing the torch of faith while demonstrating and explaining with excitement that God is FAITHFUL and can be trusted!!!

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Wasn’t It Smart Of God To:

Design Esau to be a skillful hunter and Jacob to be a quiet man living in tents so we know it’s okay to be country folk or city slickers!

Send us into the world with nothing and then take us back with nothing so we’re reminded that the most valuable thing in life is that we belong to HIM.

Make children washable and guaranteed not to shrink!

Design the human body to self-maintain by feeling thirsty when it needs water, hungry when it needs fuel, tired when it needs rest — and grumpy when any of those needs aren’t met.

Give instructions to parents to not spare the rod of discipline so the rest of us won’t mind being around their kids.

 

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