Ensuring Victory *Joshua 15-19

Joshua 15-19
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Even though the enemy is powerful, larger in quantity, larger in height and stature, had better weapons and chariots they were defeated because God – the only true God – was with the Israelites. God went before His people ensuring the victory.
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We, who are God’s children, will gain victory over adverse situations and events if we follow His leading. God is a gracious God, who wants His people to succeed successfully. As Scripture says, in the New Testament, Jesus came to seek and save the lost. Just call on His Name and you will be saved – not might be saved, not probably will be saved, but He will save your life. Yes, our God is gracious, kind, loving, and always victorious.
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Lord, God of Israel help us to keep our eyes on You as you lead us through the storms and hardships in life. Go before us and clear our way, so that we can stand victorious giving You all the honor, glory, and fame due Your Name.

 

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The Promise *Joshua 14

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Joshua+14&version=NKJV;NIV
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God is concerned about community. If one man (human) out of the whole community does what is right – follows God wholeheartedly then only he will be blessed by God.
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God keeps His promises. It might take time, but it will come true whether we believe it or not. It took 45 years for Caleb to receive God’s promise. He was 40 years old when the promise came, and now he’s 85 years old. You might think – Ahhh!!! But look at what Caleb says 9 So on that day Moses swore to me, ‘The land on which your feet have walked will be your inheritance and that of your children forever, because you have followed the LORD my God wholeheartedly.’
10 “Now then, just as the LORD promised, He has kept me alive for forty-five years since the time He said this to Moses, while Israel moved about in the wilderness. So here I am today, eighty-five years old! 11 I am still as strong today as the day Moses sent me out; I’m just as vigorous to go out to battle now as I was then.” Caleb is more than alive and doing well. He is strong and vigorous, full of energy – just the same as when he was when he was in his younger days. He is ready and able and wants to do what would seem impossible. He has the right frame of mind. He knows he can attain the goal, because God is with him, helping him, and God keeps His promises. And so it was.
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So, no matter your age, God will keep His promises. He will give us physically what we need to accomplish our goal with success. We only need to trust Him and take Him at His Word. Age does not matter. It is faith that counts.
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Thank You God for Your faithfulness in keeping all of Your promises. Grow us up in our faith in You, so that we can trust You no matter what “things” look like. Draw us to You our King. Help us by strengthening us to walk by faith and not by sight. Be blessed, glorified, and honored in our lives. Hallelujah! Praise Your Holy Name.

 

Three Times *Joshua 10:12-15, 22-26

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Joshua+10&version=NKJV;NIV
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Before Joshua began leading God’s people the Lord spoke to him saying, “Be strong and courageous. Do not become terrified. Do not become dismayed for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” God commanded this right at the beginning when Joshua began his leadership position. Joshua spoke to his subordinates and they were happy to support him as God’s leader; the commander of God’s people. They were unified in saying they would do all Joshua commanded, but added one more thing; telling him –be strong and courageous.”
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Now the table has turned and Joshua is now telling the leaders of the Lord’s army  “Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Be strong and courageous…” (vs. 25)
God met the needs of Joshua. Joshua was now bold, strong, courageous, and would not give into fear, discouragement or defeat. He experienced the blessings and miracles of God and knew God would keep His promises, so he truly had nothing to fear or worry about. Now Joshua was encouraging the leaders under him to trust God completely.
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When we have an issue and God helps us overcome in that area, we in turn can share our experiences with others and encourage them that they too can be successful if they put their trust in the Lord God.
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Lord, thank you that we can call upon Your holy Name any time and You hear our voice. Open our eyes to see the blessings and miracles You pour out daily in our lives. “Open our eyes that we may see the wonderful things in Your Word” (Ps. 119:18) All glory and honor are Yours forever and ever. Amen.
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https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Psalms+119%3A18&version=NKJV;NIV

 

Deception *Joshua 9

Joshua 9
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Joshua+9&version=NIV
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Be careful. Be aware. Lies and deception lurk at every corner; around every bend. What looks and sounds truthful can be a pack of lies through the mouth of someone you really do not know. The problem here was that the deceivers looked and sounded authentic. There is only one way – yes, one way to know for sure whether someone is telling truth or lies, and that is to go before the Lord God and ask Him to reveal to you whether or not what is said or done is truth. God will let you know. God is for us and not against us. If we ask Him He will let us know. He wants us to do what’s right and to walk in His truth. Even the wisest of people can be deceived. Satan is the Master Deceiver. As Scripture says, “Satan goes to and fro throughout the earth looking for someone to devour.” But we need not worry or fear. “The battle is Mine,” says the Lord. Truth will always eventually be found out, because truth prevails over darkness.
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Three days later Joshua found out the men they made an agreement with lied and deceived them. It was too late. The oath that the leaders had made with the deceivers was sworn by the Name of the Lord, God of Israel. This oath could not be broken. However, the deceivers and their whole community were put under a curse. They were no longer free. They became wood cutters and water carriers for Israel. The deceivers were still in fear of Israel, so they agreed to the terms.
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Every sin has a consequence. Lesson learned: Pray first about a situation before making a decision.  Matthew 7:7 “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.
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https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew+7%3A7-8&version=NIV

No Longer in Defeat *Joshua 8

Joshua 8
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Joshua+8&version=NKJV;NIV
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When sin is dealt with, it sets the people free to be in right standing with the Lord God. No longer in defeat because of sin, Joshua was now able to continue the pursuit. A very important lesson was learned (in Joshua 7) that when God speaks He means what He says and there are grave consequences for defying Him, which effects the whole community.
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Because the sin was dealt with, Israel was now in position for victory. The Lord God gave them the strategy against their enemy. They followed the directive and victory was their gain.
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Lord God of Israel, Your way is good, right and just – the only way to gain success and victory. Help us to obey Your Word, follow You closely, and do exactly what is required. Make us strong against temptation to sin. May the words of our mouth and meditation of our hearts find favor before You, O Lord, our Rock and Redeemer, Saviour, and King. King above all kings and Lord above all lords. The Name above all other names – Yeshua; Jesus Messiah.

 

Sin is Serious *Joshua 7

Joshua 7
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Joshua+7&version=NKJV;NIV
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When God tells us what to do and what not to do, we had better listen. Sin is a serious offense. Sin by one man caused many men their lives. Sin is infectious and contaminates everyone around it. To purposely disobey a direct order given by God, was not only death to the man himself, but death to his whole family as well. This one man’s sin not only harmed himself, his family, but many innocent lives in the whole community.
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Lord, help us to be aware of our actions and the choices we make. Open our eyes to see the consequences of each decision we make. Help us to make good choices and wise decisions. Keep us from going astray. May the choices we make not only benefit our lives, but the lives of our family and community. Thank you God for helping us whenever we come to You. Be blessed, glorified, and honored in our lives. In Jesus Name.

Defied Logic * Joshua 6

Joshua 6
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Joshua+6&version=NKJV;NIV
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Victory is had for all those who followed their leader’s instructions, even though the plan was outrageous. Nothing like this was ever done before. It totally defied logic, however the plan came from God. Whatever comes from God no one and nothing can touch it. God prevails because God is Sovereign.
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The moral here – the lessons learned is that seek God before you do anything. Tell Him your concern or problem. He in turn will give you a solution to remedy the situation. If you follow exactly what He says (even if it sounds crazy) you will be victorious. Make sure the Lord God gets the praise, thanks, and glory due His Name. With God all things are possible. Where there is no way, God can open a door and make a way free and clear.
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All things are possible with God. “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Philippians+4%3A13&version=NKJV;NIV