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FAITH: Joshua 18

Read Joshua 18 to find out more about Shiloh and the tribe of Benjamin's allotted land.

Sitting in church every Sunday doesn't make you righteous.  Speaking behind the pulpit doesn't make you godly.  Professing your love for Jesus doesn't reveal if He's actually in your heart or not.  The Benjamite people of Gibeah were located close to the tabernacle, but they still chose to do very evil things.

What I find interesting about Shiloh is its close proximity to the tribe of Benjamin's lot.  Shiloh is where the traveling tabernacle was finally set up.  This is where a home for the Lord's dwelling place was made.  How cool for the Benjamite people to get to live so close to God's house!  They were probably first to hear of amazing things that went on in the tabernacle.  People taking pilgrimage to Shiloh for feasts and sacrifices probably did a lot of business with the tribe of Benjamin.  Travelers might have even been hosted in local homes come nightfall f…

FAITH: Joshua 15:63

I'm following the First5 online Bible study right now.  We just read Joshua, chapter 15 in which we zeroed in on verse 63…“Judah could not dislodge the Jebusites, who were living in Jerusalem; to this day the Jebusites live there with the people of Judah.” (NIV)

Here are my thoughts...

It's common for us to recognize when the Lord calls us to "capture" an area He wants us to inherit. It's also common for a lot of us to quit before we've captured that area.  We can do this by choosing not to kick the enemy out of an area the Holy Spirit wants for us.  People limit their own territories or settle with sharing with the enemy because they didn't follow God's complete instructions.

Ten years ago, I felt the Lord wanted me to volunteer in kids Sunday School.  I shyly approached the director of children's ministry at my church and asked if I could clean the classrooms or take out the trash after church.  Instead, he appointed me as worship leader for t…

FAITH: Joshua 14:8

I'm following the First5 online Bible study right now. We just read Joshua, chapter 14 in which we're reminded of Caleb's strong faith in the Lord. Despite the opposition around him, Caleb was unafraid to walk in the Lord's will because he trusted in God so much. "but my brothers who went with me frightened the people from entering the Promised Land. For my part, I wholeheartedly followed the Lord my God." Joshua 14:8 (NLT) Here are my thoughts... Caleb was unafraid, unlike the other spies. It's much harder to get deterred in the face of fire when we're rooted in the Lord. Caleb locked his eyes on God and that's why he was unafraid and able to cling onto the Lord's will. When our faith waivers or we don't do well in a test, we must ask ourselves, "what was my reason I signed up for this in the first place?" Years ago, the Lord revealed specific plans to us. He confirmed His plans and opened doors for us to proceed in this …

FAITH: Joshua 13

I'm following the First5 online Bible study right now. We just read Joshua, chapter 13 in which the Lord prompts Joshua to divvy up the promised land to the tribes of Israel.

Here are my thoughts...

As Christians, we're no longer in Egypt and no longer slaves to the enemy. We belong to Christ now. No more, are we subject to sin. As soon as the Holy Spirit first indwelled in us, we arrived in the figurative "promised land." In the promised land, we're free to resist sin and we can choose to be under the Lord's protection from enemy attacks.  

I love Joshua 13 in that 1. God points out to Joshua that he's old and needs to wrap things up. We may not be old right now (or consider ourselves old) but when the Holy Spirit presses on us to do something for him, we need to act on it.  Be faithful now. God may be giving us one more chance to get things done because He knows we're out of time.  

2. Even though the Hebrews are now in the promised land, their w…

FAITH: Joshua 12

I'm going through the First5 online study and we're currently in Joshua.  In coming upon the twelfth chapter of Joshua, we find it reads a long list of king's names who were defeated by Israel.  It's easy for our eyes to skim over this chapter but we must consider that it's here for a reason.

It's good for us to take detailed lists of praise reports and victories in Christ.  Reason being, when we're in a valley and unable to see past our enemies, we can remember the great things the Lord has already done.  We can be encouraged that He's going to keep us moving forward and that the troubles we're currently facing are puny to Him. Remembering our past victories with the Lord can give us hope for the future.

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FAITH: Joshua 11:15

"Just as the Lord had commanded Moses His servant, so Moses had commanded Joshua, and so Joshua did; he left nothing undone of all that the Lord had commanded Moses." Joshua 11:15 (AMP)

Obeying the Lord in total is the only way that we should get things done.  Just obeying a portion of God's instruction is sinful.  We must do exactly what the Lord wants us to do when He call us to do something.

Our household is constantly being forced to purge items that could lead to sin because the enemy is always trying to get in.  For example, going through our DVD collection, we find ourselves continually tossing movies that have that one inappropriate word or that one inappropriate two second scene.  We've thrown out our favorite films or awesome movies that are otherwise innocent save for that one thing about them. But we have to because at what point will we say "no" to sin?  The enemy deserves NO foothold in our house and yours.

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FAITH: Are You Willing to Give God Anything He Wants?

Push Up popsicles are interesting.  In order to eat more ice cream, you need to literally push up the stick that's connected to the platform in which the ice cream sits.

My toddlers both lack the strength and dexterity to push up their Push Ups, so I have to make myself available to help them out.  One of my boys understands this.  As his ice cream dips below the cardboard container, he'll eagerly hand his treat over so I can push the stick upwards and he can continue eating.  My other boy doesn't yet understand why he needs my help.  He'd rather chew at the cardboard than willingly hand over his treat for two seconds.  Whenever it's time to push up his ice cream, he grips it tight and puts up a fight against me even though my motive is completely for his benefit.  I never take the ice cream for myself, I only obtain the Push Up in order to make it possible for my boys to have more ice cream.  So they don't have to resort to gnawing on soggy cardboard.

This remin…

FAITH: Deuteronomy 24:5

“A newly married man must not be drafted into the army or be given any other official responsibilities. He must be free to spend one year at home, bringing happiness to the wife he has married.” Deuteronomy 24:5 (NLT)
Prior to marrying in 2011, Aaron and I received lots of confirmation from the Lord that we were created to walk this earth together. So when we got married, we were arrogant in thinking that marriage would naturally be easy for us.
We were under the impression that the”honeymoon phase” would be the easiest, most magical time of our marriage. It turns out, that first year was the most difficult.  The both of us had quirks and emotional scars that went unnoticed until marriage.  Also, you don't begin to really get to know someone's ins and outs until you live with them and are forced to work together on day-to-day issues.
I wish we had studied Deuteronomy 24:5 because this verse imparts great advice. Moving into the same home with your husband is a huge eye opener and …