ISRAEL: SECOND REPUBLIC … PT 18

Lessons from the book of Joshua

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Joshua 11: 1-5 – Not So Secret Weapon

The enemy gathered themselves against Israel thinking Israel won her previous battles on the account of their number.

If Goliath had seen the God standing right behind David, surely he would have turned and run away.

Sometimes, our greatest assurance of success is not apparent even to us because our victory is still being worked out in the realm of the invisible. That’s why it takes faith and patience to inherit the promises of God.

Hebrews 6:12  that you be not slothful, but imitators of those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.

Mark 4:26-29  And He said, So is the kingdom of God, as if a man should cast seed into the ground; and should sleep, and rise night and day, and the seed should spring and grow up, he knows not how. For the earth brings out fruit of itself, first the blade, then the ear, after that the full grain in the ear. But when the fruit has been brought out, immediately he puts in the sickle, because the harvest has come.

ISRAEL: SECOND REPUBLIC … PT 17

Lessons from the book of Joshua

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Joshua 10  – Travel Buddy

Gibeon was a great city but it fell. Once a stronghold falls, the rest of the opposition tumbles like dominoes.

A lot of people depend on you; you must not let them down. To them you are a stronghold. Your every success becomes the inspiration for others to make the attempt to succeed. Think about it, does the success of others not inspire you to try and achieve something too? On the other hand, it’s quite a risk to rest your hope and faith for your future on a person because they too can fall.

So what is the balance? Be inspired by the success of others, learn from their mistakes but chart your own course.

Hebrews 6:12  …  be not slothful, but imitators of those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.

Hebrews 12:13  And make straight paths for your feet, lest that which is lame be turned out of the way, but let it rather be healed.

Hebrews 13:7  Remember those leading you, who have spoken to you the Word of God, whose faith follow, considering the end of their conduct.

You may travel with a lot of folks in a single vehicle, but you are not all going to the same destination.

ISRAEL: SECOND REPUBLIC … PT 16

Lessons from the Book of Joshua

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Joshua 4: 4 – Prep School

Joshua 4:4  Then Joshua called the twelve men, whom he had prepared of the children of Israel, out of every tribe a man:

For every assignment to be accomplished, whether divine or human, it takes preparation. I think we all know that.

What got me here is that Joshua knew to prepare some men ahead of time and so when a task came, he didn’t have to spend time at that point trying to get some men set to get the job done. The men were already set and they were simply assigned to a task at hand.

I guess he saw his time with Moses as the greatest investment that prepared him for the unimaginable task of leading the nation of Israel and he decided to get the next generation of leaders set for when God would need them.

Interesting thing in this generation is that many of us who are leaders don’t prepare people to take our work through the next generation and when the time comes, as it must, for us to hand over, we panic over the fate of the work.

The other side of the coin is that many of us who currently stand under the protecting shadows of the giants in our lives do not think much of the time when our “Moses” would be taken away and the work must continue. And as such, we don’t pay attention to the happenings around us as far as the work is concerned but rather are content enjoying the care provided by others.

This is why we have many people suddenly coming into positions of authority who don’t know what to do and so the work starts flailing and they start the blame game, or they are at the brink of their next phase in life full of questions rather than a clear line of sight into the future.

Think about it, how many of us know how our churches are run, or how our parents run our homes, or what our bosses at work do to keep the company going? Most of us have proposed to a lady or accepted a guy’s proposal before we start trying to find out what a relationship entails when all the time we’ve been surrounded by friends and relatives in one relationship or the other but never asked them what it was like.

Mentoring is not an option. John Maxwell says “one is too small a number to achieve greatness”. Be prepared and prepare others who will prepare others. I believe that’s how it was meant to be.

2 Timothy 2: 1-2

ISRAEL: SECOND REPUBLIC … PT 15

Lessons from the book of Joshua

Joshua 4:3 – Firm foundation.

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“Where the priests’ feet stood firm”

There is a song that says “On Christ the solid rock I stand, all other ground is sinking sand” indicating that no other thing is firm as Christ is firm. Well, I have found that though this remains true in the case of Christ versus the world, it’s also true inside of Christianity.

There are a few, maybe several, issues that seem to be subject to everyone’s interpretation; belief systems within the kingdom that seem to be affected by differences in culture, personal preference and such like them. It is no surprise that we should see things differently since we all have different points of view, though I hope we shall all come to see things the one way that the one Holy Spirit in all of us sees things The problem arises when we try to enforce what we personally prefer to believe on others as though it were the unshakable and firm kingdom foundation.

I choose like Paul, to consider that the most critical thing is the salvation of a person’s soul and once this is accomplished through faith in Jesus, the rest will come with insight into God or at the very worst, the person dies and gets to heaven before finding out what kingdom principle he’s missed all his earthly life (1 Corinthians 11: 16). I think we all miss one thing or the other (1 Corinthians 13: 9, 12).

Isn’t it wonderful that God is not waiting for us to get it all right before we are counted saved?

“The Only Wise Man” 

Mr. A is known to be very cunning, crafty and smart and has a reputation of being able to fool anyone.

Mr. B heard of this and decided to put Mr. A in his place and set him straight.

So on a certain morning he met Mr. A just as he was leaving the market through the north gate and said to him, “Mr. A, I am told you can trick and fool anyone. I just want you to know that you can’t fool me, I’ll catch you every time.” Mr. A’s brow furrowed with seriousness and after a moment said to Mr. B, “Alright, I accept your challenge. Just give a moment let me get some things from the market then I’ll come back and play some trick on you too.”

Mr. B agreed.

At the close of business for the day, some passersby saw Mr. B standing at the north gate of the market and told him if he was interested in doing business in the market, he’d better hurry as they were closing down, to which he replied, “No thank you, I’m just waiting for Mr. A to finish his business in the market so he’ll come and try to fool me and I can refute him.”

Everyone who heard Mr. B burst out laughing and shaking their heads. “You have already been fooled, Mr. B. Mr. A left over six hours ago through the west gate”
It’s foolishness to think you can never be fooled,

It’s deception to think you can never be deceived,

It’s wrong to think you can never be wrong;

Be wise, seek advice.

ISRAEL: SECOND REPUBLIC … PT 14

Lessons from the book of Joshua

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Joshua 4:1 – The Last Order

Joshua 4:1  And it came to pass, when all the people were clean passed over Jordan, that the LORD spake unto Joshua

I find it interesting that God didn’t say anything new to Joshua until He had fulfilled the last command.

Sometimes in our lives, after God has told us to do something, we get halfway and stop to ask God again if this is His will or some other stuff such as a sign. No wonder Jesus said a man is not fit for the kingdom if he has started out and stops to wonder what he is doing.

I see an example here that shows me I should start my walk by faith, continue by faith, and finish by faith. Of course doubts may assail me but as a good soldier of Christ, I must learn to obey the last order if I must survive in this battlefield called life. John the Baptist made this mistake and it cost him his life.

John 1: 29-34, Matthew 11:3-11a