Well, Ladies, we did it! We have finished our first book of the Bible together! I am so proud of each of you. :)
The last four chapters of Joshua brought us promises fulfilled and simple instructions. All through the Bible, we see God's promises fulfilled. God keeps His promises. All that He promised the Israelites, came to pass. They took the land that God promised them and settled themselves there. He gave them rest from war and because of their obedience to Him, no enemy could stand against them.
"Not a single one of all the good promises the Lord had given to the family of Israel was left unfilled; everything He had spoken came true." ~ Joshua 21:45
God is a man of His Word, Sweet Sisters. Everything He says is true. You can believe every Word. He is full of love, grace and mercy, and He is a just God!
I have learned so much from Joshua these past 5 weeks. He certainly found favor with the Lord! Joshua's character has impacted me deeply. It all comes down to this: obedience. Joshua was an obedient man. He sought the Lord's direction, he trusted Him and he obeyed Him. Not only did Joshua obey God, but he encouraged and urged the people to do the same.
"But be very careful to obey all the commands and the instructions that Moses gave to you. Love the Lord your God, walk in all His ways, obey His commands, hold firmly to Him, and serve Him with all your heart and soul." ~Joshua 22:5
Written out these instructions seem simple, but they are not always easy to live out.
Love the Lord your God - Do you love Him? Does your heart overflow with deep intimate love for God, knowing all He has done for you and through you?
Walk in all His ways- Are you walking in the Spirit, trusting the Lord's direction for your life? Are you living by God's Word? Are you reading it, studying it and living it out?
Obey His commands- Do you know God's commands? Do you strive to obey His Word? Are you living life God's way or the world's way?
Hold firmly to Him- Where does your strength come from? Do you start your day with Him and end it resting peacefully in His arms? When times are tough, is He the first One you cling to? Do you trust Him even when it seems like you can't feel or see Him?
Serve Him with all your heart and soul - Are you serving Him? Do you seek His will for your life each and every day? Is every action, every word you speak, every attitude you display, bringing Him glory? Are you seeing others and loving them the way He does?
I look at this verse and I grieve at my shortcomings. I am not perfect and I give into my flesh, a lot. But I want to live like this for God. I am striving to be obedient to Him, to serve Him and oh how I love Him! I fail on a daily basis, but I won't give up! I have too much on the line. My children are watching and I want them to love Jesus more than any thing else. It starts with me. If I want my children to know God, they have to see me serve Him. They have to see my relationship with God as top priority in my life. Joshua understood this.
Joshua's final words to the Israelites was a charge to serve the Lord with their whole hearts. These next verses are words many of us know by heart.
"So fear the Lord and serve Him wholeheartedly. Put away forever the idols your ancestors worshiped when they lived beyond the Euphrates River and in Egypt. Serve the Lord alone. 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." ~ Joshua 24:14-15 (Bold emphasis is mine.)
So what about you? Will you choose to serve God wholeheartedly and serve Him alone?
As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord!
For we are God's masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago. "
Hi! I'm Andrea, wife to my handsome hubby, homeschooling mama to my 5 amazing blessings (with one more on the way), and daughter of the King of kings. I am so glad you have stopped by my little piece of the web. My prayer is that the Lord will use this blog to encourage you in your personal, daily walk with Christ.