April 15, 2016
...was a title of a wonderful book by Eugene Peterson. I've always loved that title, and it could be used of Joshua, as he fought the campaign to conquer the Promised Land.
""Just as the Lord had commanded Moses his servant, so Moses commanded Joshua, and so Joshua did; he left nothing undone of all that the Lord had commanded Moses."" (Joshua 11:15)
""Joshua waged war a long time with all these kings."" (Joshua 11:18)
Joshua obeyed the Lord with an almost boring consistency. It was what his mentor had challenged him to do, and the Lord, in Joshua Chapter 1, had commanded him to do.
But what impressed me this morning is that he ""waged war a long time."" He never gave up. Never turned back. Never questioned God's commands. He just faithfully and consistently obeyed God.
And the results? God's will was accomplished, God's enemies were defeated, and God's people received what God intended. Things went as planned. Everything worked and worked very, very well.
All because of one man's long obedience in the right direction.
I wonder what would happen if I would do the same? I wonder what step of obedience God asks of you and me today?
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June 08, 2019
June 07, 2019
… with most of us modern Christians is that we are stoppable. A little discomfort, a turn from our desired daily routine, or a little resistance from those to whom we’re witnessing throws us off. We have not settled the issue that our greatest joy and highest purpose comes from our witness, and so we are unwilling to push through in sharing Christ with others every day, even in the mildest environments. Even when persecution is not present.
June 03, 2019
These all with one mind were continually devoting themselves to prayer (Acts 1:14)
Prayer is the foundation for all of life. Imagine the emotions and sense of fear and expectancy when Christ had been resurrected, appeared to His disciples, and then ascended. They were instructed to merely wait for the coming of the Holy Spirit who would endue them with power to be witnesses to Christ all across the world (Acts 1:8).
So, what did they do?