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December 7, 2018

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December 07, 2018

 

Read: Judges 1

 

To read this text, go to: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Judges+1&version=NLT

 

Scripture- Judges 1:1-2After the death of Joshua, the Israelites asked the Lord, “Which tribe should go first to attack the Canaanites?” The Lord answered, “Judah, for I have given them victory over the land.”

 

Observations- Transitions are not pain-free. Joshua’s leadership came to a natural ending, thus came the time for succession, but with a new setting that brought its own set of challenges. The conquer of the land was not a point in time but a process in time that clearly exceeded Joshua’s days on earth. So, today’s text is a good example of a new decision-making process that would introduce us to the fascinating world of Israelite’s Judges. From this point (1175 b.C), until the establishment of the monarchy (1030 b.C), leadership would be regional, instead of national.

 

Application- What do we do now? It’s the question asked whenever there is a leadership void. But apparently Israelites figured it out. They turned to God not to ask for the Land, because it had already been promised to them, they asked God for the procedure to conquer it instead. And this is a key truth we should understand; God’s promises should inform our faith and impact the way we pray. Then, trusting the promise, we pray for the process.

When Jesus ascended to Heavens to sit at the right hand of the Father, He sent His Holy Spirit to remind us and empower us to do… What?Make more and better followers for the transformation of the World. How?We reach, connect, grow and send them into their communities and the world, to share with others the good news of the Kingdom.

 

Prayer- Dear Lord, give us faith to face the challenges of every day’s life. Give us wisdom to go through the process and peace as we stand on your solid promise. In your Holy Name, Jesus, I pray, AMEN!

 

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Read Joshua 24

 

To read this text go to: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Joshua+24&version=NLT

 

ScriptureJoshua 24:15- “But if you refuse to serve the Lord, then choose today whom you will serve. Would you prefer the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates? Or will it be the gods of the Amorites in whose land you now live? But as for me and my family, we will serve the Lord.”

 

Observations- This challenging word of decision from Joshua contains the most famous phrase in this book. He reviews with all the people assembled God’s faithfulness throughout their history. He reminded them of all God had done on their behalf in their unique generation, and here Joshua invited them to consider their future. There were many options of what or whom to worship, which can be defined as anyone or anything that serves as our ultimate concern. 

 

Application- Look around you as you walk through your day and you’ll find many idols to bow down before and worship. Remember whatever gets our ultimate concern and attention is really what we worship, regardless of who or what we say we worship. Our ultimate concern could be a habit, hurt, or hang up we've been giving so much attention to in our life. Our ultimate concern could look back at us in the mirror each morning as we worship at the altar of me, myself, and I. Our ultimate concern could be related to the pursuit of more money or stuff. We could bend the knee at the altar of politics as if some earthly leader has the capacity to solve all of our biggest problems when only deeper relationships with Jesus Christ will do. Some of us have been known to worship our jobs. 

Some folks bow down at the altar of family- a very good gift in life- but it can't take the place God alone deserves. Good relationships or things that are invested with ultimate value and concern turn into idolatry. What is really your ultimate concern?

 

Prayer- Dear God, thank You for all the ways You communicate Your amazing love and life transforming grace. Help me never choose to worship anyone or anything but You. This day I commit to worship and serve You! Come alongside me and help me this day to make the best decisions possible through my one and only life to honor You and bring You glory. Amen.

 

“You must not have any other god but me." (Exodus 20:3),

 

Pastor Jamie

 

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