Kept…

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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Psalm 12

To the choirmaster: according to The Sheminith. A Psalm of David. Save, O LORD, for the godly one is gone; for the faithful have vanished from among the children of man.

 Everyone utters lies to his neighbor; with flattering lips and a double heart they speak.

 May the LORD cut off all flattering lips, the tongue that makes great boasts,

 those who say, “With our tongue we will prevail, our lips are with us; who is master over us?”

 “Because the poor are plundered, because the needy groan, I will now arise,” says the LORD; “I will place him in the safety for which he longs.”

 The words of the LORD are pure words, like silver refined in a furnace on the ground, purified seven times.

 You, O LORD, will keep them; you will guard us from this generation forever.

 On every side the wicked prowl, as vileness is exalted among the children of man.

 

A wicked and perverse generation…scripture says elsewhere. But we do not have to participate in it. We live at this time but we live in Christ and that makes a difference. We are kept by His Word.

The words of the LORD are pure words, like silver refined in a furnace on the ground, purified seven times.

 You, O LORD, will keep them; you will guard us from this generation forever.

 

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Where is God?

 

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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Psalm 11

To the choirmaster. Of David. In the LORD I take refuge; how can you say to my soul, “Flee like a bird to your mountain,

for behold, the wicked bend the bow; they have fitted their arrow to the string to shoot in the dark at the upright in heart;

if the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do?”

The LORD is in his holy temple; the LORD’s throne is in heaven; his eyes see, his eyelids test the children of man.

The LORD tests the righteous, but his soul hates the wicked and the one who loves violence.

Let him rain coals on the wicked; fire and sulfur and a scorching wind shall be the portion of their cup.

For the LORD is righteous; he loves righteous deeds; the upright shall behold his face.

 

If the foundations are destroyed …are we not as a nation in the process of destroying our foundations? There is a steady flow of denying God as our refuge and a turning to our own abilities and strengths. To be sure those abilities and strengths are from God for all things come from him. The danger to us is in the denial of who he is and what he does. As a nation we move from God as our basis for all things to mankind as the basis for all things; or nature as the basis for all things. How we view life and all it encompasses is crucial to the quality of life. Remove the foundations and the building collapses into rubble; something no longer of use, needing to be cleaned up. For many, the removal of God has caused their life to collapse into rubble and the joy of living is gone.

“…if the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do?”

Whatever mankind does, God remains. For those of us who guard our heart, keep the mind of Christ, continue to place our faith and trust in our Creator, life retains its joy regardless of the circumstances around us. He is our refuge; he walks and talks with us. Adonai is in His holy temple. Know not that you are his temple? He lives in us.

“…The LORD is in his holy temple…”

Where will we run to? To whom will we run?

“…In the LORD I take refuge; how can you say to my soul, “Flee like a bird to your mountain,…”

God is righteous; we possess that righteousness and we will see him.

For the LORD is righteous; he loves righteous deeds; the upright shall behold his face.

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As for me…

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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Joshua 24:14-29

 

“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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Promise delivered

 

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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Joshua 14:1-15

These are the inheritances that the people of Israel received in the land of Canaan, which Eleazar the priest and Joshua the son of Nun and the heads of the fathers’ houses of the tribes of the people of Israel gave them to inherit.

 Their inheritance was by lot, just as the LORD had commanded by the hand of Moses for the nine and one-half tribes.

 For Moses had given an inheritance to the two and one-half tribes beyond the Jordan, but to the Levites he gave no inheritance among them.

 For the people of Joseph were two tribes, Manasseh and Ephraim. And no portion was given to the Levites in the land, but only cities to dwell in, with their pasturelands for their livestock and their substance.

 The people of Israel did as the LORD commanded Moses; they allotted the land.

 Then the people of Judah came to Joshua at Gilgal. And Caleb the son of Jephunneh the Kenizzite said to him, “You know what the LORD said to Moses the man of God in Kadesh-barnea concerning you and me.

I was forty years old when Moses the servant of the LORD sent me from Kadesh-barnea to spy out the land, and I brought him word again as it was in my heart.

 But my brothers who went up with me made the heart of the people melt; yet I wholly followed the LORD my God.

 And Moses swore on that day, saying, ‘Surely the land on which your foot has trodden shall be an inheritance for you and your children forever, because you have wholly followed the LORD my God.’

 And now, behold, the LORD has kept me alive, just as he said, these forty-five years since the time that the LORD spoke this word to Moses, while Israel walked in the wilderness. And now, behold, I am this day eighty-five years old.

 I am still as strong today as I was in the day that Moses sent me; my strength now is as my strength was then, for war and for going and coming.

 So now give me this hill country of which the LORD spoke on that day, for you heard on that day how the Anakim were there, with great fortified cities. It may be that the LORD will be with me, and I shall drive them out just as the LORD said.”

 Then Joshua blessed him, and he gave Hebron to Caleb the son of Jephunneh for an inheritance.

 Therefore Hebron became the inheritance of Caleb the son of Jephunneh the Kenizzite to this day, because he wholly followed the LORD, the God of Israel.

 Now the name of Hebron formerly was Kiriath-arba. (Arba was the greatest man among the Anakim.) And the land had rest from war.

 

The land was divided as God instructed Moses. We read how Caleb now receives the promise given to him because he followed God completely. And finally, the land rested from war.

 

For the believer today, the promise is good; we are given an abundant life when we follow God completely. We can step out for God; we can claim territory for His kingdom within us and others. This is His reign, His rule. We will be blessed for that and there is promise for rest when He gives it. As God rested so may we.

 

It is sad that there will be and are believers who stop at accepting what Christ has given them and proceed no further. Most the New Testament ( and it often repeats the Old Testament) is given so that we may then ‘know how to live.’ We meet and know of too many who claim Christ but do not enter into their promised land. They spend this life looking for the next but living now in solemn distress. Their prayers lack life because they do not seek to know more than salvation now from the wages of sin, death and lack ambition or desire to know more of God. They tend to live in a land of fear; fear of sickness, fear of loss of job, fear of liability, fear of death, fear of others who are different from them and the list could continue. We, as overcomers, are freed from that fear. We do not have to live in fear of anything for the life of faith and trust placed in God gives us freedom to defeat the attacks of the enemy of our souls. Israel had faith in God and God gave them the land. Abraham had faith in God and God fulfilled his promise to Abraham. We can have faith that God will do the same for us in the spiritual promised land of a faith-based life that Jesus told us would be abundant; that is more than we need!

 

And the conquest is followed by rest, includes rest. For some of us resting is something to be learned. But when we see the hand of God working in our life and the lives of others we can begin to relax in Him and rest, knowing that He has control and will fight for us. Blessed be the God of Israel; blessed be the name of Jesus.

 

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God is strong in our weakness…

 

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Joshua 13:1-13

Now Joshua was old and advanced in years, and the LORD said to him, “You are old and advanced in years, and there remains yet very much land to possess.

This is the land that yet remains: all the regions of the Philistines, and all those of the Geshurites

(from the Shihor, which is east of Egypt, northward to the boundary of Ekron, it is counted as Canaanite; there are five rulers of the Philistines, those of Gaza, Ashdod, Ashkelon, Gath, and Ekron), and those of the Avvim,

 in the south, all the land of the Canaanites, and Mearah that belongs to the Sidonians, to Aphek, to the boundary of the Amorites,

and the land of the Gebalites, and all Lebanon, toward the sunrise, from Baal-gad below Mount Hermon to Lebo-hamath,

 all the inhabitants of the hill country from Lebanon to Misrephoth-maim, even all the Sidonians. I myself will drive them out from before the people of Israel. Only allot the land to Israel for an inheritance, as I have commanded you.

Now therefore divide this land for an inheritance to the nine tribes and half the tribe of Manasseh.”

 With the other half of the tribe of Manasseh the Reubenites and the Gadites received their inheritance, which Moses gave them, beyond the Jordan eastward, as Moses the servant of the LORD gave them:

 from Aroer, which is on the edge of the Valley of the Arnon, and the city that is in the middle of the valley, and all the tableland of Medeba as far as Dibon;

 and all the cities of Sihon king of the Amorites, who reigned in Heshbon, as far as the boundary of the Ammonites;

 and Gilead, and the region of the Geshurites and Maacathites, and all Mount Hermon, and all Bashan to Salecah;

all the kingdom of Og in Bashan, who reigned in Ashtaroth and in Edrei (he alone was left of the remnant of the Rephaim); these Moses had struck and driven out.

 Yet the people of Israel did not drive out the Geshurites or the Maacathites, but Geshur and Maacath dwell in the midst of Israel to this day.

 

Joshua is old and the Lord says there is still much to be done. So His instruction for Joshua is to assign what is left as an inheritance to the people of Israel. Then God himself will expel the people in the land ahead of Israel.

 

I myself will drive them out from before the people of Israel. Only allot the land to Israel for an inheritance, as I have commanded you.

 

For the believer, can it be said, when we find ourselves in the same place as Joshua, that God will say to us also, just claim what is left, assign  the remaining inheritance, and I will remove what needs to be removed from your life; I will go ahead of you? When we are weak, when we are incapacitated in some way we can rely on the Lord to go before us into the battle and clear the way for us. Our weakness only allows His strength to be glorified. God will get the glory. We get to live the life of victory, overcomers through Christ because we place our faith and trust in Him.  We walk by faith believing that what God says He will do He will.

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A promise of rest…

 

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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Joshua 11:12-23

And all the cities of those kings, and all their kings, Joshua captured, and struck them with the edge of the sword, devoting them to destruction, just as Moses the servant of the LORD had commanded.

But none of the cities that stood on mounds did Israel burn, except Hazor alone; that Joshua burned.

And all the spoil of these cities and the livestock, the people of Israel took for their plunder. But every person they struck with the edge of the sword until they had destroyed them, and they did not leave any who breathed.

Just as the LORD had commanded Moses his servant, so Moses commanded Joshua, and so Joshua did. He left nothing undone of all that the LORD had commanded Moses.

So Joshua took all that land, the hill country and all the Negeb and all the land of Goshen and the lowland and the Arabah and the hill country of Israel and its lowland

from Mount Halak, which rises toward Seir, as far as Baal-gad in the Valley of Lebanon below Mount Hermon. And he captured all their kings and struck them and put them to death.

Joshua made war a long time with all those kings.

There was not a city that made peace with the people of Israel except the Hivites, the inhabitants of Gibeon. They took them all in battle.

For it was the LORD’s doing to harden their hearts that they should come against Israel in battle, in order that they should be devoted to destruction and should receive no mercy but be destroyed, just as the LORD commanded Moses.

And Joshua came at that time and cut off the Anakim from the hill country, from Hebron, from Debir, from Anab, and from all the hill country of Judah, and from all the hill country of Israel. Joshua devoted them to destruction with their cities.

There was none of the Anakim left in the land of the people of Israel. Only in Gaza, in Gath, and in Ashdod did some remain.

So Joshua took the whole land, according to all that the LORD had spoken to Moses. And Joshua gave it for an inheritance to Israel according to their tribal allotments. And the land had rest from war.

 

Some key phrases stand out while reading this passage. The first is “defeated with the sword” in one translation, “struck them with the edge of the sword” in another. The believer’s sword is the Bible. As Jesus came against Satan in the wilderness with scripture, so we can fight off that which is not of God with scripture. The enemy is cunning; remember the use of scripture by Satan. Jesus did not back down but continued to use scripture even in that attack. Remember to be aware and alert which requires knowledge of scripture and that requires being found in the Word studying, meditating, and remembering. We have the Holy Spirit to assist us in these battles. So continue to hold everything to the high standard of scripture and don’t be surprised if the attack comes from other believers. Pray that the Holy Spirit give us the sure knowledge to know when scripture is being used amiss; manipulated to serve the purpose of mankind.  Satan knows our vulnerability and is not opposed to using us against each other. We who walk by faith in the knowledge of His Word can be victorious as Israel was through the use of the sword, for us the Bible.

 

Another two phrases are “struck and put to death” and ” utterly destroyed.” When the Holy Spirit reveals to us that which must be removed from our own lives we are to strike it and put it to death, removing it completely from our lives. Note the revelation comes from the Holy Spirit; Spirit to spirit. This is not to imply that we are to go about cleaning each other up. Jesus tells us

“…[Mat 7:3 ESV] 3 Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye?…”

 

As Israel cleansed the land of its inhabitants, we can with the Holy Spirit’s assistance cleanse our ‘land,’ our lives, of that which hinders the work of the Lord in our lives. We can live victorious lives in the promised land given to us by the Lord.

 

Everything was “in keeping with orders Adonai had given Moses”; also stated “in keeping with all that Adonai said to Moses.” God’s word is our key. God’s commands are to be followed. God’s Word tells us how then we shall live. And once that is accomplished the phrase ” the land rested from war” reminds us of the promise of God’s rest. How sweet it is to rest in the promised land of a victorious life; knowing we are where He wants us, living in tune with His will and not our own.

 

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Beware the Lord’s hook…

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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Isaiah 37:21-29

Then Isaiah the son of Amoz sent to Hezekiah, saying, “Thus says the LORD, the God of Israel: Because you have prayed to me concerning Sennacherib king of Assyria,

this is the word that the LORD has spoken concerning him: “‘She despises you, she scorns you— the virgin daughter of Zion; she wags her head behind you— the daughter of Jerusalem.

“‘Whom have you mocked and reviled? Against whom have you raised your voice and lifted your eyes to the heights? Against the Holy One of Israel!

By your servants you have mocked the Lord, and you have said, With my many chariots I have gone up the heights of the mountains, to the far recesses of Lebanon, to cut down its tallest cedars, its choicest cypresses, to come to its remotest height, its most fruitful forest.

I dug wells and drank waters, to dry up with the sole of my foot all the streams of Egypt.

“‘Have you not heard that I determined it long ago? I planned from days of old what now I bring to pass, that you should make fortified cities crash into heaps of ruins,

while their inhabitants, shorn of strength, are dismayed and confounded, and have become like plants of the field and like tender grass, like grass on the housetops, blighted before it is grown.

“‘I know your sitting down and your going out and coming in, and your raging against me.

Because you have raged against me and your complacency has come to my ears, I will put my hook in your nose and my bit in your mouth, and I will turn you back on the way by which you came.’

 

We can call upon the Lord in our distress and he will hear. He has not changed. He cares for His own and will avenge those who arrogantly defame His name. He is not made by our hands; we are made by His. And that makes all the difference.

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