Joshua Revisited

"This is my command--be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the LORD your God is with you wherever you go." Joshua 1:9
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Definition of Courage: the quality of mind or spirit enabling us to meet danger, opposition or the challenges of life--whatever they are--with fearlessness, calmness and firmness. It comes from facing and overcoming fear.

Enter in Joshua and Caleb to spy out the land of Canaan.

Studying the book of Joshua last Spring was--and continues to be--such a deep, inner-personal, and amazing process for me.

Reflecting on our journey to enter into the land where promises are made and fulfilled, we first learned that in entering the presence of the Lord, we must be still.
Circumcision of the heart begins.
Passover takes place.
A covenant which is made cannot be broken.
The lost were found and Gentiles entered in. 
Spiritual leaders led worship in order--in tune with the beat of the Lord--announcing his coming.
Battles belonging to the Lord were won by Faith.
We witnessed the truth that you cannot hide from the Lord.
Walls came tumbling down.
We learned disobedience has consequences, but obedience brings blessings.

We saw Joshua, as leader of the Israelites, ask God to cause the moon and the sun to stand still so he and his army might continue fighting by daylight. God further assisted Joshua by calling up a powerful storm to bombard the Canaanites with rain and hailstones.

And, in Joshua 13:6, it is recorded God told Joshua to... 

"be sure to give this land to Israel as a special possession, just as I have commanded you."

Thus, the land was allotted. The Israelites were planted. Cities of refuge were in place. A great nation was established.

We ended up with "the first shall be last and the last shall be first." Joshua and Caleb were first to go in and spy out the land, and the last to receive their allotment.

Finally, we met back at the place of fellowship--lovely Shechem--where our friends gathered amongst family, even faithfully remembering a brother's request. Joseph's bones were brought with them from Egypt--carried throughout the wilderness wanderings--to be buried in the land of promise. Fulfilled and not forgotten. All of Israel, including Joseph, called to reside in the promises of God.

Yes, the Call is the same call to you...to me...to us. The call is the call to the first commandment...and the tenth commandment.

He is the beginning and the end. The Alpha and Omega.

What he starts he finishes. He is the Author and the Perfecter of our souls.

The first commandment: You shall have no other gods before me (Exodus 20:3)
And the tenth commandment: You shall not covet. (Exodus 20:17)

The first and the tenth commandment remind me of bookends. Like Joshua and Caleb, they just go together.

You see, Joshua said:

"Now therefore fear the LORD, and serve him in sincerity and in truth; and put away the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the flood, and in Egypt; and serve ye the LORD. And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD." Joshua 24:14-15

Love Jehovah God and do not covet their gods...

You see, Sisters, if we truly love God with every ounce of strength and courage we have, we will want for nothing. Everything We Need Or Could Ever Want Is Fulfilled In Our God. We will have Peace And Contentment. We have no need to covet. We have the richest of richest inheritance in Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior! Our eyes will be looking up--not wandering.

We will want to obey and worship Him.
We will want to serve and go to work for Him.
We will want to get out of our comfort zones and go share the Good News of Salvation.
We will want to stake our claims to His Truths, His Promises and His Faithfulness.
And every one of his promises is Yes and Amen.

As Jesus revealed himself to the church of Laodicea in Revelation 3:14: He is our Amen! He is our Truthful, Faithful God Who Is Praise Worthy. We will want to answer his call. 

So, the journey continues. We began in Canaan. Next on our journey, we are getting ready to receive Jesus The Christ. And the final leg of our promise fulfillment, we will be making our way to the Cross at Calvary.

Today, hundreds upon hundreds of years later, the very same question is being asked of us--right now and right here--Whom will you serve this day?

As for me and my house we will serve the Lord.

"Jesus said unto him, 'Thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets." Mathew 22:37-40

For God so Loved the world he gave his only son Jesus and He is coming back for us.

Are you doing everything God is commanding you to do?
Are you occupying until his return...furthering his kingdom?
Are you ready?
Do you have oil in your lamp?

Look up, Sisters. Our redemption is drawing near.

And...always remember what our lord, our faithful promise keeper, has commanded to us and promised:

"This is my command--be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the LORD your God is with you wherever you go." Joshua 1:9

As Joshua followed Moses he learned to be a great leader. He knew the extreme importance of seeking the Lord first and then obeying his commands.

Amen And Amen!

by Peggy Carson