Old Testament In a Year: April 13 – Joshua 22, 23, 24

Joshua 22, 23, 24
Focus Verse: One man of you puts to flight a thousand, since it is the Lord your God who fights for you, just as he promised you. – Joshua 23:10

How was the fledgling nation of Israel able to conquer peoples and lands that were larger and more established than them? How were twelve tribes able to defeat royal kings and entire armies? They were able to do so because they were not dependent on their own strength or might or numbers. They were dependent on God’s power. They did not think that they were fighting alone, but that God was fighting for them.

On your own, you will be able to do some things. But with God on your side, you will be able to do all things – great and mighty things, impossible things.

People will ask: How is this one man or one woman able to do so much?

The answer: It is not you, but the Lord your God who fights for you and works through you and gives you the grace and strength to do great things. It is Him, doing just as He promised.

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Old Testament In a Year: April 12 – Joshua 19, 20, 21

Joshua 19, 20, 21
Focus Verse: Not one word of all the good promises that the Lord had made to the house of Israel had failed; all came to pass. – Joshua 21:45

In Genesis – the very first book of the Bible – God promised Abraham to make of him a great nation and give them the land of Canaan for an inheritance. Now, in Joshua – the sixth book of the Bible – God’s promise to Abraham came to pass. It took many long years, but God did what He said He would do. From Abraham’s seed, a vast nation had been born, and that vast nation now possessed the Promised Land as their own.

Scripture is full of the good promises that God has made to you and to all who believe in Him. You can trust in the promises of God. Each one of them will be fulfilled. Not one of them will fail.

God has promised to give you a land as well – an eternal land with streets of gold, where there is no need of sun or moon or stars, and where you will live face-to-face with God forever. Jesus said, “I go to prepare a place for you that where I am you may be also.” This is a promise from Him who cannot lie. On earth, He will do more for you than you can ask or imagine. After earth, He will bring you safe and sound into the Heavenly land that He promised you.

Old Testament In a Year: April 11 – Joshua 16, 17, 18

Joshua 16, 17, 18
Focus Verse: So Joshua said to the people of Israel, “How long will you put off going in to take possession of the land, which the Lord, the God of your fathers, has given you?” – Joshua 18:3

God gave the Israelites the promised land. They just had to go in and take possession of it. Joshua chided them for taking such a long time to claim what was already theirs.

Are you doing the same? God has given you a claim to Heaven. Are you slow in taking possession of it by delaying in trusting Christ as Savior? God has offered you eternal rest? Are you taking a long time to enter it?

Do not stand in darkness when light is available to you. Do not live in a state of sadness, anxiety, and unbelief when joy, peace, and faith is given to you. Take possession of what is yours.

Old Testament In a Year: April 10 – Joshua 13, 14, 15

Joshua 13, 14, 15
Focus Verse: And now, behold, the Lord has kept me alive, just as he said, these forty-five years since the time that the Lord spoke this word to Moses, while Israel walked in the wilderness. And now, behold, I am this day eighty-five years old. – Joshua 14:10

Forty-five years later, God remembered the word that He spoke to Caleb and Joshua. Not only did He remember it, He kept it. Caleb and Joshua received for an inheritance the land that they had spied out in faith years earlier.

When God says that He will do something for you or that He will give you something, believe Him. It may not happen immediately, but it will happen. God never forgets His word. He never forgets about you.

Old Testament In a Year: April 9 – Joshua 10, 11, 12

Joshua 10, 11, 12
Focus Verse: And the sun stood still, and the moon stopped, until the nation took vengeance on their enemies. Is this not written in the Book of Jashar? The sun stopped in the midst of heaven and did not hurry to set for about a whole day. – Joshua 10:13

The sun stood still and did not set for a whole day.

The moon stopped.

How was this possible? How did this happened?

The answer: Faith.

Joshua’s fearlessness before his enemies, his strength and courage in the face of war, and his unshakeable faith and trust in God caused the impossible to become possible for him and for those who were with him. A miracle took place because he believed.

In faith, Joshua said, Sun, stand still at Gibeon, and moon, in the Valley of Aijalon.

God answered Joshua’s faith by suspending the laws of nature. He stayed the sun and stopped the moon just as Joshua had requested. Once again, God proved that nothing was too hard for Him.

What difficulty are you facing? What hardship, what trouble, what worry consumes your mind and steals your peace? Whatever it is, DO NOT BE AFRAID OF IT. DO NOT BE DISMAYED BY IT. Be strong. Be courageous. Be filled with faith. The same God that answered Joshua and fought for Joshua and stood by Joshua is ready and able to answer you, to fight for you, and to stand by you.

Old Testament In a Year: April 8 – Joshua 7, 8, 9

Joshua 7, 8, 9
Focus Verse: The Lord said to Joshua, “Get up! Why have you fallen on your face?” – Joshua 7:10

Before you fall on your face, crying as to why things are going wrong in your life. First, look at your own heart and your own house to see if something is there that is displeasing to God.

Hard times and times of trouble should not always drive you to ask if something is wrong with God. Rather you should pray as David did: Search me, O God, and know my heart. Try me, Lord, and know my thoughts. If there be some wicked way in me, cleanse me from it and set me free.

You cannot be blessed until wrongdoings are confessed, sin is forsaken, and you are obedient to God.

Old Testament In a Year: April 7 – Joshua 4, 5, 6

Joshua 4, 5, 6
Focus Verse: You shall march around the city, all the men of war going around the city once. Thus shall you do for six days. – Joshua 6:3

Has there ever been a military strategy as weird as this one? Probably not. If God had told Napoleon Bonaparte or Dwight Eisenhower or Alexander the Great to do such a repetitive, mild act, they probably would have laughed the strategy to scorn.

But Joshua didn’t laugh because his faith was not in his military might or fighting prowess. His faith was in God and God alone.

When God tells you to do something, it may not make sense. When He tells you to go somewhere, you may not know why. But don’t question His means or His methods. He knows what is best. Each of His strategies are successful. All of His plans work out.

Old Testament In a Year: April 6 – Joshua 1, 2, 3

Joshua 1, 2, 3
Focus Verse: No man shall be able to stand before you all the days of your life. Just as I was with Moses, so I will be with you. I will not leave you or forsake you. – Joshua 1:5

God wants Joshua to know that He will be with him just as He was with Moses.

People change. Roles change. Times change. But God never changes. He remains the same.

Just as God was with Moses and Joshua and David, God will be with you. Just as He never left or forsook them, He will never leave or forsake you.

God does not only go with you sometimes, in some places. He is with you all times, in all places.

1 Year In God’s Word: Day 103 — Joshua 22-24, Luke 12:1-31

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Joshua 22
Focus Verse: The Mighty One, God, the Lord! The Mighty One, God, the Lord! He knows! And let Israel know! If this has been in rebellion or disobedience to the Lord, do not spare us this day. (22)

The rest of the Israelites did not know why the Reubenites and Gadites had built an altar; they jumped to a wrong conclusion about the whole matter. However, God knew why they had built an altar, they were able to explain their actions, and a possible war was avoided. When we are misunderstood in life, we can turn to the One Who knows us better than we know ourselves. Others may see the “how” of our actions, but God sees the “why.”

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