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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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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Sin has dominion? Not!

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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Romans 7:7-25

 What then shall we say? That the law is sin? By no means! Yet if it had not been for the law, I would not have known sin. For I would not have known what it is to covet if the law had not said, “You shall not covet.”

But sin, seizing an opportunity through the commandment, produced in me all kinds of covetousness. For apart from the law, sin lies dead.

I was once alive apart from the law, but when the commandment came, sin came alive and I died.

The very commandment that promised life proved to be death to me.

For sin, seizing an opportunity through the commandment, deceived me and through it killed me.

So the law is holy, and the commandment is holy and righteous and good.

Did that which is good, then, bring death to me? By no means! It was sin, producing death in me through what is good, in order that sin might be shown to be sin, and through the commandment might become sinful beyond measure.

For we know that the law is spiritual, but I am of the flesh, sold under sin.

 For I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate.

Now if I do what I do not want, I agree with the law, that it is good.

So now it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me.

For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh. For I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out.

For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I keep on doing.

Now if I do what I do not want, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me.

So I find it to be a law that when I want to do right, evil lies close at hand.

For I delight in the law of God, in my inner being,

but I see in my members another law waging war against the law of my mind and making me captive to the law of sin that dwells in my members.

 Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death?

Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, I myself serve the law of God with my mind, but with my flesh I serve the law of sin.

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“…if it had not been for the law, I would not have known sin. For I would not have known what it is to covet if the law had not said, “You shall not covet.”

But sin, seizing an opportunity through the commandment, produced in me all kinds of covetousness. …”

Tell a child not to touch and watch them; they are drawn to touch.  They have to see ‘why?’

 “…For I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate.

Now if I do what I do not want, I agree with the law, that it is good.

So now it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me.

For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh. For I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out. …” 

Oooh, eating unhealthily is easier than to eat healthy and exercise and so we eat to our death; we kill the flesh!

“…For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I keep on doing.

Now if I do what I do not want, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me. …” 

And so we say:  I can’t help myself!  True? 

“…So I find it to be a law that when I want to do right, evil lies close at hand. …” 

Oh yes, the tempting desserts or the snacks.  Just determine to forego snacks and watch how often chips and dip show up… 

“…For I delight in the law of God, in my inner being,

but I see in my members another law waging war against the law of my mind and making me captive to the law of sin that dwells in my members. …” 

Aha!  And so we continue to eat the ‘wrong’ fruit, acting under self-driven desire!  Eating our way to death!

Now do we ‘get it’?

But it doesn’t end there!  There is freedom from this bondage through Christ.  Christ defeated death and sin; and in him we can do the same!

Walk on water…

John 6:16-24

Now when evening came, His disciples went down to the sea, got into the boat, and went over the sea toward Capernaum. And it was already dark, and Jesus had not come to them.  Then the sea arose because a great wind was blowing.  So when they had rowed about three or four miles,  they saw Jesus walking on the sea and drawing near the boat; and they were afraid.  But He said to them, “It is I; do not be afraid.”  Then they willingly received Him into the boat, and immediately the boat was at the land where they were going.

 On the following day, when the people who were standing on the other side of the sea saw that there was no other boat there, except that one which His disciples had entered, and that Jesus had not entered the boat with His disciples, but His disciples had gone away alone—  however, other boats came from Tiberias, near the place where they ate bread after the Lord had given thanks—  when the people therefore saw that Jesus was not there, nor His disciples, they also got into boats and came to Capernaum, seeking Jesus.

Jesus leaves the place, alone, going into the mountainside.  The disciples leave later by boat, a boat is left behind, but as they row across the lake, Jesus comes to them walking on the water.  Their reaction is fear; his action is to calm the fear.  The escape from the crowd intent upon making Jesus king is accomplished.  Jesus demonstrates a power over the natural, physical laws of nature to his disciples.  And the crowd left behind finds ways to search for him.  Why? They recognize a power they have heard about in the books of Moses and they want that power to release them from Rome’s dominion.  They seek release from a present evil; while Jesus could have provided that given the power he has demonstrated, the release he came to offer was a release from the evil behind the oppressor.  We look at symptoms or the fruits of evil and want release when the release that is provided is a release from the evil that causes the symptoms and its fruit.  We are still in this present world subject to its conditions; that hasn’t changed.  The power displayed by Jesus is a power that enables us to transcend the conditions.  The waters and wind did not subside as he walked.  He walked over it all, oblivious to its effects.

The spiritual change that comes from a relationship with Jesus, gives a power like that demonstrated over the water.  What we receive from him is the ability to rise above the conditions that would attempt to oppress us.  We can call on the same power to live through the storm with no need to be rid of the storm.  Evil exists, its effects exist but we do not need to be subject to it, nor oppressed by it.  Ride out storm; walk on water. Do not accept defeat, do not let your spirit be brought down, do not get into a place of self-pity no matter how tempting it is…look to the power Jesus displayed and call it forth in your spirit.  Ride out the storm; walk on water.