In His Word
"Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path." – Psalm 119:105

Sep
01

1Mon - history

“Now it came about after many days, when the LORD had given rest to Israel from all their enemies on every side, and Joshua was old, advanced in years, that Joshua called for all Israel,…” (Joshua 23:1-2).  He told them that they had seen all the Lord had done to the nations from the Jordan to the Great Sea (23:3-5).  He also told them, “Be very firm, then, to keep and do all that is written in the book of the law of Moses, so that you may not turn aside from it to the right hand or to the left,” (23:6).  Joshua warned Israel against associating with the nations around them and exhorted them to cling to and love the Lord (23:7-13).  After reviewing how God had been with their fathers – beginning with Abraham (24:1-4) – and brought them out of Egypt and into the promised land (24:5-13), he challenged them to choose the Lord and made his well-known statement: “…as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.” (24:14-15).  “Israel served the LORD all the days of Joshua and all the days of the elders who survived Joshua, and had known all the deeds of the LORD which He had done for Israel.” (24:31).

Even if all Israel chose to serve other gods, Joshua and his house were committed to serving the Lord.  Are you and your house as committed to serving Him?  There will always be many others around us choosing to serve the gods of this world.  Don’t be led astray by their influence.  State along with Joshua, “As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord” – and then do it.

Have a great day in His word!

Aug
30

3Wed - prophets

When Nebuchadnezzar had a dream about a great tree that was cut down, Daniel provided the interpretation.  He told the king that the tree was him and that he was going to be cut down and “driven away from mankind and your dwelling place be with the beasts of the field, and you be given grass to eat like cattle and be drenched with the dew of heaven; and seven periods of time will pass over you, until you recognize that the Most High is ruler over the realm of mankind and bestows it on whomever He wishes.” (Daniel 4:25, 32).  Twelve months later it happened (4:29).  But at the end of that period, I, Nebuchadnezzar, raised my eyes toward heaven… and I blessed the Most High and praised and honored Him who lives forever;… Now I, Nebuchadnezzar, praise, exalt and honor the King of heaven, for all His works are true and His ways just, and He is able to humble those who walk in pride. (4:34, 37).

The next one to walk in pride and need humbling was Nebuchadnezzar’s son Belshazzar, who drank wine from the gold vessels from the temple of God in Jerusalem (5:1-4).  When he literally saw the handwriting on the wall, he called for Daniel to interpret (5:5-16).  Daniel reviewed what happened to his father and said, “Yet you, his son, Belshazzar, have not humbled your heart, even though you knew all this, but you have exalted yourself against the Lord of heaven;… But the God in whose hand are your life-breath and all your ways, you have not glorified.” (5:17-23).  God numbered his kingdom and put an end to it, dividing it between the Medes and Persians, because he was weighed and found wanting  (5:24-31).

How does the Lord find you when He weighs you?  If exalted, then He will humble you.  If humble, then He will exalt you.  Bow before Him as the Most High God.

Have a great day in His word!

Aug
27

2Tue - poetry2

Psalm 23 is probably the most well-known of all the psalms.  Other Scriptures express similar thoughts found here.  As the first part of the psalm says that “He leads me beside quiet waters” and that “He restores my soul” (23:1-3), the end of the Bible repeats this message saying, “For the Lamb in the center of the throne will be their shepherd, and will guide them to springs of the water of life; and God will wipe every tear from their eyes.” (Revelation 7:17).  While the middle of the psalm says that “I fear no evil, for You are with me” (23:4), Jesus assures us, “I am the good shepherd; the good shepherd lays down His life for the sheep.” (John 10:11).  Long before David recorded the final words of the psalm, “Surely goodness and lovingkindness will follow me all the days of my life” (23:6), Jacob had already spoken to Joseph of “the God who has been my shepherd all my life to this day” (Genesis 48:15).

From Genesis to Revelation I can read that “the Lord is my shepherd,” and at the center of it all I find Psalm 23 to drive the message home.

Have a great day in His word!

Aug
25

1Mon - history

The Lord told Joshua that “very much of the land remains to be possessed.” (Joshua 13:1).  When itemizing what remained, He said to “apportion this land for an inheritance to the nine tribes and the half-tribe of Manasseh.” (13:7).  After allotting the land east of the Jordan to Reuben, Gad, and half the tribe of Manasseh (13:8-33), Moses apportioned the land west of the Jordan to the rest of the tribes (14-19).  Then the Lord also instructed them to designate the six cities of refuge (20) and the 48 cities of the Levites (21).  “So the LORD gave Israel all the land which He had sworn to give to their fathers, and they possessed it and lived in it… Not one of the good promises which the LORD had made to the house of Israel failed; all came to pass.” (21:43-45).

Caleb had conducted himself in a way that he could say, “I followed the LORD my God fully” (14:8).  As a result he was given a special inheritance (:9).  When we follow the Lord fully, we can know that there is a special inheritance awaiting us as well (1 Peter 1:4).

Have a great day in His word!

Aug
22

Fri - church

Paul was determined to see Rome (Acts 19:21), and Jesus assured him that he would (23:11).  Finally he began his journey there – as a prisoner (27:1-8).  He warned that this was not a good time for the journey, but the centurion did not listen to him (27:9-13).  Soon he wished he had, as they encountered a violent storm (27:14-19).  “Since neither sun nor stars appeared for many days, and no small storm was assailing us, from then on all hope of our being saved was gradually abandoned.” (27:20); but an angel of God appeared to Paul and told him not to give up hope, and he encouraged the rest – 276 total (27:21-37).  When the boat ran aground and began to break up, “they all were brought safely to land” (27:38-44).

After three months on the island of Malta, where Paul healed many, they continued to Rome (28:1-14).  He met with the Jews there and explained to them about the kingdom of God and tried to persuade them about Jesus (28:15-28).  “Some were being persuaded by the things spoken, but others would not believe.” (28:24).  “And he stayed two full years in his own rented quarters and was welcoming all who came to him, preaching the kingdom of God and teaching concerning the Lord Jesus Christ with all openness, unhindered.” (28:30-31).  Thus ends the book of Acts.  Paul’s efforts continued, as we learn from the letters he wrote.

What journey does God have planned for your life?  It may be like Paul’s and not exactly go as planned, yet like Paul know that God will be with you wherever you may go.  He will see you safely through the storms of life.

Have a great day in His word!

Aug
22

4Thu - Gospels

When Jesus taught in the temple at the feast, everyone was divided over who He was.  His own brothers did not believe in Him (:5).  “Some were saying, ‘He is a good man’; others were saying, ‘No, on the contrary, He leads the people astray.’” (:12).  Some of the people said, “Look, He is speaking publicly, and they are saying nothing to Him. The rulers do not really know that this is the Christ, do they?  However, we know where this man is from; but whenever the Christ may come, no one knows where He is from.” (:26-27).  “But many of the crowd believed in Him; and they were saying, ‘When the Christ comes, He will not perform more signs than those which this man has, will He?’” (:31).  “Some of the people therefore, when they heard these words, were saying, ‘This certainly is the Prophet.’  Others were saying, ‘This is the Christ.’ Still others were saying, ‘Surely the Christ is not going to come from Galilee, is He?’” (:40-41).

Who do you believe Jesus was/is?  Do you believe that He is the Christ, the Son of God?  “‘He who believes in Me, as the Scripture said, ‘From his innermost being will flow rivers of living water.’” (:38).  Believe in Him and live.

Have a great day in His word!

Aug
20

3Wed - prophets

When King Nebuchadnezzar had dreams, he ordered the magicians, conjurers, sorcerers and Chaldeans to come and tell him his dream and its interpretation (Daniel 2:1-9).  They responded, “There is not a man on earth who could declare the matter for the king, … there is no one else who could declare it to the king except gods, whose dwelling place is not with mortal flesh” (:10-11).  No one could declare the matter but the one true God, and He did by revealing it to Daniel in a vision (:19).  Daniel responded, “Let the name of God be blessed forever and ever, for wisdom and power belong to Him.” (:20).  He told the king that no man could declare it to him.  “However, there is a God in heaven who reveals mysteries,…” (:27-28).

Nebuchadnezzar’s dream involved a great statue made of gold, silver, bronze, iron, and clay, with each element representing a different kingdom of men.  A stone made without hands, which represented God, struck the statue and crushed it and “became a great mountain and filled the whole earth” (:35).  “In the days of those kings the God of heaven will set up a kingdom which will never be destroyed, and that kingdom will not be left for another people; it will crush and put an end to all these kingdoms, but it will itself endure forever.” (:44).  “The king answered Daniel and said, ‘Surely your God is a God of gods and a Lord of kings and a revealer of mysteries, since you have been able to reveal this mystery.’” (:47).

God is indeed a God of gods and a Lord of kings.  Wisdom and power do belong to Him.  “Let the name of God be blessed forever and ever,…”

Have a great day in His word!

Aug
19

2Tue - poetry2

“Blessed is the man…” – so begins the book of Psalms.  It describes a man who does not walk, stand, or sit with the wicked (Psalm 1:1).  Instead, he delights and meditates in the Lord’s law (:2).  He is firm, fruitful, vibrant, and prosperous (:3).  “The wicked are not so, but they are like chaff which the wind drives away.” (:4).  Why the difference?  “For the LORD knows the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish.” (:6).  The Lord makes the difference between blessing and condemnation in our lives.  So seek the Lord and be blessed by Him.

Have a great day in His word!

Aug
18

1Mon - history

When the people marched around the walls of Jericho the seventh day and shouted as the priests blew the trumpets, the Lord brought them down flat – sparing Rahab and her family as promised (Joshua 6).  After Israel dealt with the sin of Achan (7) and set an ambush as directed, God also gave Ai into their hand (8).  Israel was deceived into making a covenant with Gibeon (9), and they kept their covenant by defeating – with the help of the Lord’s hailstones and the sun standing still – the five kings of the Amorites who attacked Gibeon (10:1-28).  “…there were more who died from the hailstones than those whom the sons of Israel killed with the sword.” (10:11b).  Joshua and Israel continued through all of southern Palestine, capturing cities as they went (10:29-43).  Next they headed north and captured the land there (11).  “So Joshua took the whole land, according to all that the LORD had spoken to Moses, and Joshua gave it for an inheritance to Israel according to their divisions by their tribes. Thus the land had rest from war.” (11:23).

Israel was so successful because “the Lord fought for Israel” (10:14, 42).  We have a fight on our hands today.  Our enemy is the devil, and God gives us all we need to defeat him.  “Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm.” (Ephesians 6:13).  With God fighting on our side, we will be victorious.

Have a great day in His word!

Aug
17

Fri - church

When Paul completed his third preaching trip, he returned to Jerusalem and “began to relate one by one the things which God had done among the Gentiles through his ministry.” (Acts 21:19).  He was seized in the temple and then rescued by a Roman commander (21:27-34).  When allowed to speak, Paul addressed the crowd and presented his defense, before being taken into the barracks (22).  After standing before the Council, a conspiracy developed to kill Paul, leading to him being taken to Caesarea and Felix the governor, before whom he gave his defense (23-24).  Felix was succeeded by Festus, before whom he appealed to Caesar (25).  Before being sent there, he also spoke to King Agrippa (26).

While before Agrippa, Paul tried to persuade him to become a Christian (26:28).  He said, “I would wish to God, that whether in a short or long time, not only you, but also all who hear me this day, might become such as I am, except for these chains.” (26:29).  He spent the rest of his life trying to persuade people (2 Corinthians 5:11).  How about you?  Are you convinced that Christ is the only hope of salvation (Acts 4:12)?  If so, are you committed to trying to persuade others?  Souls are at stake.

Have a great day in His word!

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