For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans
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“Now therefore fear the LORD and serve him in sincerity and in faithfulness. Put away the gods that your fathers served beyond the River and in Egypt, and serve the LORD.
And if it is evil in your eyes to serve the LORD, choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your fathers served in the region beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.”
Then the people answered, “Far be it from us that we should forsake the LORD to serve other gods,
for it is the LORD our God who brought us and our fathers up from the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery, and who did those great signs in our sight and preserved us in all the way that we went, and among all the peoples through whom we passed.
And the LORD drove out before us all the peoples, the Amorites who lived in the land. Therefore we also will serve the LORD, for he is our God.”
But Joshua said to the people, “You are not able to serve the LORD, for he is a holy God. He is a jealous God; he will not forgive your transgressions or your sins.
If you forsake the LORD and serve foreign gods, then he will turn and do you harm and consume you, after having done you good.”
And the people said to Joshua, “No, but we will serve the LORD.”
Then Joshua said to the people, “You are witnesses against yourselves that you have chosen the LORD, to serve him.” And they said, “We are witnesses.”
He said, “Then put away the foreign gods that are among you, and incline your heart to the LORD, the God of Israel.”
And the people said to Joshua, “The LORD our God we will serve, and his voice we will obey.”
Another translation states: “…we will pay attention to what he says.” Are we paying attention? Do we realize God is the same yesterday, today and forever? Are we paying attention to only the blessings and forgetting the penalties and consequences for turning aside? Have we allowed other “gods” to encroach on our devotion to God Almighty? Do we believe what God says? If so, it will be evident in our lives. Are we an embarrassment to God or can He look on us with pride and approval? Let us make our plans but commit our ways to Him!
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