Deuteronomy 3:28 ” But commission Joshua, and encourage and strengthen him, for he will lead this people across and will cause them to inherit the land that you will see.”

God allowed Moses to see the Promised Land, but forbid him from crossing over the Jordan River and claiming it.  It stemmed from the incident where God had instructed Moses to speak to the rock for water to flow, but out of frustration and anger, Moses had struck the rock instead…allowing the people’s whining and complaining to get the better of him. (Numbers 20:1-13)  Likewise, God gave David the vision of what the Temple should look like and charged him with procuring all the building supplies, but forbid him from actually starting it…for he was a man of war with blood on his hands.   Instead, God gave the task to David’s son, Solomon.  Both Moses and David could of become very offended with God’s decision not to let them finish the mission He had given each of them. And they could of become very insulted when God told them to encourage someone else who would complete it.  But that’s when we have to step back and take a look at the BIG picture…that’s when we have to ask God for His perspective and His ultimate plan and purpose.

Joshua 23:6 ” Be very strong; be careful to obey all that is written in the Book of the Law of Moses, without turning aside to the right or to the left.”

Time was short for the elderly Joshua when he warned the Jewish leaders about being enticed by foreign gods.  He wanted them to be fully aware of what the allure and deception of foreign gods could do to the Jewish people.  He urged them to remain faithful to the Word of God…persevering with self-discipline in their walk…guarding their hearts and minds from deceit…veering neither to the right nor to the left but always keeping on the straight and narrow.  Joshua’s words ring true for God’s people today…Be courageous, keep guard, remain faithful.

Joshua 22:5 ” But be very careful to keep the commandment and the Law that Moses the servant of the Lord gave you: to love the Lord your God, to walk in all His ways, to obey His commands, to hold fast to Him and to serve Him with all your heart and all your soul.”

You can see the love of God in His covenant relationship with His people.  He wants only the very best for us and in return asks only for our obedience.  For when we pay careful attention to our obligations to this covenant…primarily in our lifestyle and relationship with Him…others will sense the difference in us and ask questions.  And those questions can lead to eternal answers.

Joshua 1:5 ” I will never leave you nor forsake you.”

It’s happened to all of us…someone who we think is a trustworthy friend betrays us.  While it hurts and humiliates us, we can also learn from it.  We can either decide to put up an emotional wall…letting no one on the other side, and self-isolating ourselves from the world.  Or we can take the lessons we’ve learned and look to our heavenly Father to reestablish that lost trust.  It says in Deuteronomy 7:9, “…your God is God; He is the faithful God keeping His covenant of love…”  Our God is reliable.  He will never abandon or turn His back on us.  Within Him is no deception…for He is steadfast and worthy of all our trust.

Joshua 1:8 ” Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.”

So many times I get into the Bible,  only to not be able to remember a single thing I read an hour later.  It’s not that I  don’t want to glean wisdom from the Word…it’s just that my mind wanders and my attention wanes.  Meditation simply means to contemplate, reflect, or dwell upon…which then takes reading the Bible to a whole different level.  When I can take a passage I’m reading and ponder how I can apply it practically  to my life…the scripture will then morph into a plan, and an aspiration for me.  I can take what I just read and apply it to my life and it then becomes part of me.

Joshua 22:5 ” But be very careful to keep the commandments and the Law that Moses the servant of the Lord gave you: to love the Lord your God, to walk in all His ways, to obey His commands, to hold fast to Him and to serve Him with all your heart and all your soul.”

It’s your first day of work at a new job, and how do you spend most of it?  Reading and signing paperwork.  There are contracts, job descriptions, and policies and procedures to review and sign.  But as a Believer, you also have a job description for the work the Lord wants  you to be doing here on earth.  This scripture shows us we are responsible to so well represent the Lord,  that if someone looks at us,  they will only see the love of Jesus shining forth.  Our relationship with God should be such, that our faith is never doubted…our love for Him never questioned…our worship of Him, uncompromising and pure.  Yes, our obligation to the Lord is great…but not in any comparison to the reward.

House Rules – If you sleep in it…make it.

Joshua 24:15 reads, “But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve…”   Maybe you’ve heard the old saying, You’ve made your bed, now sleep in it.  Unfortunately, we all live with the consequences of  bad choices we’ve made in the past, for our days are filled with choices…some good, some not so good… but with the Lord’s guidance,  He can help us make the best choices for us.  Wise and good choices that will have eternal consequences.

Joshua 1:6-7 ” Be strong and courageous, because you will lead these people to inherit the land I swore to their forefathers to give them. Be strong and very courageous…”

In this scripture, God is commanding Joshua to lead the Children of Israel into the Promised Land.  To the human mind this was an almost impossible undertaking…moving a vast sea of humanity from point A to point B.  But the Lord is girding up Joshua’s loins so to speak by commanding him to be brave and fearless…to look beyond what he saw  to what God envisioned for them.    The Lord may have a scary scenario coming up this year for you…when He calls, will you step out with the same determination and boldness as Joshua did,  or allow the fear of impossibility  to take over?

Joshua 1:5 ” No one will be able to stand up against you all the days of your life. As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you.”

No matter what, the Lord is there for you.  His presence doesn’t hinge on how good you try to be or how many times you read His Word and pray…No, it doesn’t matter what you do or don’t do… God’s always there.  Maybe you’ve been abandoned or deserted by someone in the past,  so now you feel you can’t trust God.  But it’s different with the Lord, for His covenant with you is unbreakable, unchangeable, unshakeable.  Realize today…God will never leave  or forsake you.

Joshua 23:14 ” You know with all your heart and soul that not one of all the good promises the Lord your God gave you has failed. Every promise has been fulfilled; not one has failed.”

The Lord is faithful to all His promises…not just some…not just to the ones He wants to keep.  No, God cannot go back on His promises to you.  His Word is eternal…His covenant is forever.  His precious promises to you will never  fall short…they will never be in vain.

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