The Joshua Commission: Go, and God Will Go With You

Go Where God Calls

After the death of Moses the servant of the LORD, it came to pass that the LORD spoke to Joshua the son of Nun, Moses’ assistant, saying:

“Moses My servant is dead. Now therefore, arise, go over this Jordan, you and all this people, to the land which I am giving to them – the children of Israel.”

(Joshua 1:1-2, NKJV)

You may be, like Joshua, in the midst of grief. You may feel intimidated by the successes of those who went before you – or afraid because you know the failures they struggled with. Continue reading

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Fear

I am a fearful person.

I fear the unknown.

I fear the disapproval of others.

I fear the failure of what I set out to accomplish.

I fear the sacrifices I may have to make if I surrender wholly to God.

I fear what may happen as a result of this confession.

I fear the solution to my fear.

And that is not a good thing.

I know this in my head. How can I know it in my heart? Continue reading

Seeing the Potential

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I have been reading through the Old Testament, and right now I am in the book of Judges. Last night I started off by reading about Gideon.

If you know the story of Gideon, you know he was on the timid side. When I think of Gideon, I think of “fear.”

We first meet him threshing wheat in the winepress “in order to hide it from the Midianites (Judges 6:11).” Continue reading

Tempting God

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Now these things became our examples, to the intent that we should not lust after evil things as they also lusted. And do not become idolaters as were some of them. As it is written, “The people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play.” Nor let us commit sexual immorality, as some of them did, and in one day twenty-three thousand fell; nor let us tempt Christ, as some of them also tempted, and were destroyed by serpents; nor complain, as some of them also complained, and were destroyed by the destroyer. Now all these things happened to them as examples, and they were written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the ages have come. (1 Cor. 10:6-11)

Last night, as I read this passage, the first phrase of verse 9 stood out to me: “nor let us tempt Christ.”

Nor let us tempt Christ.

What does that even mean? What can we as humans do that would tempt the Lord? Continue reading