All things work together for good to those who love God, to those who
are the called according to His purpose. - Romans 8:28
Joshua had accomplished much of
what God had wanted him to as a large portion of the land promised to the
Israelites had been conquered by Joshua and his army. As pointed out in the
post “Fulfilling Our Purpose”, Joshua had
done the will of God. Reading in Joshua 13, he was now up in age, yet God’s
purpose for him was not finished.
Like Joshua, let God be a part
of evaluating your current activities to discover if you are on target to fulfilling
your purpose in life. The target is
God’s will and I hope this song called Thy Will by Hillary Scott & The Scott
Family moves in you the need to evaluate your current activities to
discover if you are on target to fulfilling the purpose God has for you.
Now we see things imperfectly, like puzzling reflections in a mirror,
but then we see everything with perfect clarity. All that I know now is partial
and incomplete, but then I will know everything completely, just as God now
knows me completely. - 1 Corinthians 13:12
God is involved in the movement
of history just as was shared in the post “Obedient
and Persistent”. Keeping track of history gives us insight into what could
happen in the future and in turn, help us to make informed decisions for today.
Historical data helps us predict
the weather. Of course, being able to predict the weather in Texas is not that
easy. Our county fair in Waco is in October and some years it can be freezing
and other years, it can be sunny and in the low nineties with everyone wearing
Even though the future can be
hard to predict, the Good News for us is that God knows what we need and like
the song Good, Good Father – Chris
Tomlin, He is perfect in all His ways to us.
Joshua said to them, “Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Be
strong and courageous. This is what the Lord will do to all the enemies you are
going to fight.” – Joshua 10:25
As shared in the post “Victory Builds Momentum for Future Victories”,
the Ammonites were the people of Jerusalem, Hebron, Jarmuth, Lachish, and
Eglon. The kings of each joined together to attack Gibeon. But Joshua and his
army came to their rescue and God was with them as He produced hail stones to
kill the enemy. He even stopped the sun so that Joshua and his army had the
extra daylight to pursue the five kings.
The kings could not get away so
they hid in a cave at Makkedah (vv. 16-17) but they were found and Joshua told
his officers to put their feet on the king’s necks to engender trust in God for
future victories (v. 24).
Joshua’s army always returned to
Gilgal (v. 43) for rest, encouragement, inspiration, and to develop a strategy.
My friend, let us daily return to God for study, prayer, and encouragement. He
inspires us to jump into life with enthusiasm.
We can pray, listen for instructions, and get things done now. Opportunities to
do great things are right in front of us so let’s give God our best.
When we believe God is for us and
if we see God at work in our life; confidence grows, victories come our way,
and these victories can be used to build momentum to face future challenges
just like in the song Live
with Abandon by Newsboys.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own
understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths
straight. - Proverbs 3:5-6
Written about in the post “Seek Direction“, was how the leaders of
Israel were fooled by a plan of deception. They were caught off guard by the
misleading plan of the Gibeonites but the biggest mistake was their failure to
seek direction from God to follow the
The lesson for us is to always
let God be a part of our decision and approval process. This includes concerns
with our family, business, organization, or job. The good news is that as the
title of the song Grace is Enough by Matt
Maher, we have grace to always fall back on when we make
mistakes. We can take in the lessons, seek God’s direction, and be guided to
better decisions in the future.
I am the Lord your God, who rescued you from …the place of your
slavery. You must not have any other god but me. -Exodus 20:2-3
The first battle at Ai was not a
success because Joshua and the Israelites were not in sync with God. They
lacked gratefulness and they lacked focus. Sometimes we do not appreciated what
we have as much when things are going good and we lose our focus.
In our technological world
today, all the systems must be in sync to operate correctly. It’s the same with
our spiritual life. Sometimes we just need to be synced up to the ONE that
provides what we need; the ONE True God.
I hope today’s song I Am by Mark Schultz will get you
synced up with our Creator and I hope the victories will keep coming your way
What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God be with
us, who can be against us? - Romans 8:31
In the post “When Life Falls Apart”, shared were thoughts
after reading Joshua 7 and how Joshua gained a great victory at Jericho but
then found out that past victories do not guarantee future victories. He had a
soldier that disobeyed a command and this caused God to turn away from the
The result was a defeat at the
next battle. Back in the day of Joshua, atonement was the death of the soldier
and his whole family. In current times, we have the luxury of a much easier way
because through Jesus, God has smoothed out the path so that returning back to
Him is much easier. All we have to do is be humble, accept Jesus in our heart,
and let God provide the power. Then there is a freedom and we can get the most
out of life.
Everyone needs God's grace. Once
received, one can gain wisdom to live the way life is meant to be lived. As the
main point given to us in the song Dear
Younger Me by MercyMe, our tomorrows can be better than our yesterdays and
today can be amazing because our growing faith can never be taken away or
depleted. The gospel message has a beautiful and refreshing simplicity about it
that sets us free and never let us down.
Jesus replied, ‘What is impossible with men is possible with God. –
If we are worried so much about
what we need to do and not aware of what God can do, our true potential will
not be realized. Just as shared in the post “Winning
Battles”, God provides the power to make what seems impossible possible.
Worry only gives us stress and
keeps us from being at our best. It takes away our freedom but confidence in
God gives a lift as if on the wings of an eagle.
In sports, many times it is one
missed opportunity that makes all the difference between victory and defeat; a
dropped pass in football; a fielding error in baseball; a missed free throw in
basketball. It’s the same in the game of life but if we take the opportunity to
accept God’s plan for
us, there is only victory.
Even though there are defeats in
life, we have grace that provides the ultimate victory. Be lifted up today by
this video Only Grace – Matthew West
and know that God gives you the upper hand so that what seems impossible
Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of
the Lord our God. – Psalm 20:7
The Israelites had been through
difficult times but as shared in the post, “Steadily
Heading Towards the Victory”, God leads them through all of it. They came
to the point when the battle at Jericho was in the near future and before the
battle, God told Joshua how to prepare for battle.
It was a time of renewal. We
need times of renewal in our lives today to win our battles. With God on our
side, there is nothing we can’t do. We are ready to take on the challenges life
brings our way just like in the song Through
All of It by Colton Dixon.
The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock,
in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.
God stopped the flowing river of
the Jordan so the Israelites could cross over to the Promised Land. Studying Joshua
4, I shared in the post “Step Ahead with
Faith” about the Lord telling Joshua to instruct twelve men to gather
twelve stones from the middle of the Jordan River. These stone memorials became
a reminder of what God had done and will do to help them get through the
challenges in life.
We face difficult challenges in our world
today but we can be assured that we have what we need in getting through the storms of life if we step ahead with faith. The
storms we face can serve as a testimony of how God can pull us through just as
highlighted in today’s video Eye of the
Storm – Ryan Stevenson.