|Posted by Lorraine Serra on February 5, 2015 at 11:40 PM|
Isn't it interesting that we are continuously encouraged
to study God's Word? To know the Word is to know
Jesus, the Bread of Life, the Living Word of God.
I mean, it truly is life to us. Scripture says that God's Word
is sweeter than honey, it renews our strength, it gives
long life and prospers us.
There is wisdom, comfort and encouragement in
the Word of God. Bottom line, we can never get enough!
We can always find something that feeds our souls,
renews our minds, and spurs us on to greater
commitment to the Lordship of Christ.
Truly, because He has given us so much, and
continues to provide for us, our goal should be
to discover and to live a life pleasing to God.
There is most certainly a higher calling, and a desire of God
that His people would know it! He desires for us to have
the highest and the best!
Jesus said, "The thief comes only to steal and
kill and destroy; I came that they may have life,
and have it abundantly." John 10:10
To have said that is to suggest that whenever
we live apart from Jesus, there is definitely something
lacking and incomplete! We will miss out on the "abundance".
So what is the highest and the best which will produce in us
the promise of abundant life for the believer? What is our
part after receiving the gift of amazing grace?
First, we can, and we must be prepared, be on the
offensive, rather than react from a defensive position
against the attacks of the Enemy. He won't give up
on his mission to pull us down.
Whether we like it or not, scripture describes the
Christian life as a battle. I truly wish it were not so.
The good news, I mean the Good News, is that we
are not alone in all of this! Praise God, Who goes
before us and hedges us in on all sides!
The battle belongs to the Lord, indeed, when we
commit to making Him our commander, our general,
So, our first responsbility in response to the
grace of God, the gift of salvation, is humility, which
translates into submission and obedience, to the Lord.
Is that even necessary? In Joshua 24, we read Joshua's
exhortation to the people to remember how God fought
their battles, defeated their enemies and brought them
into the land they now possessed.
Read how he called them together, all the tribes of
Israel, near and far, the elders, heads, judges,
and officers of Israel to a very special place....Shechem,
where Abraham first met with God and received the original
covenant promise for all his descendants.
He brought them back to their roots!
In solemn order, Joshua retold the history of this nation, giving
highlights of the great and awesome wonders God had
done to bring His people into this wonderful land that
had been promised to them so long ago.
Personally, this causes me to stop and remember
all the ways God's hand has been so evident in
my life. I am so humbled to realize God has demonstrated
His great love for me and mine in such obvious and tangible
What testimonies of His grace I have when
I stop long enough to remember, give thanks and praise,
and tell someone else about it!
How highly "abundant" is the fruit that this produces
in my life! It redirects my thoughts to Jesus, and pulls me
out of whatever pit I may be wading through back
to the solid Rock Who is greater than I. It reminds me
who I am to God: beloved, chosen, forgiven,
highly favored and blessed. It's better than any pep talk!!
Can I get an "Amen" here? This meditation revives my spirit,
cancels the doldrums, crushes fear, and strengthens me
to trust HIM who defeats all my foes!
Take some time to recount the goodness of
God in your life. Write down all that comes to
mind. My list is what I call my "Standing Stones
of God's Faithfulness" list.
Why do this? Because, we can grow weary in the battle.
We can become overwhelmed and take more
upon ourselves than we should...forgetting
WHO fights for us. Joshua reminds Israel
that they were never alone...The LORD fought
for them and delivered their enemies into
I hope you will remember that today, and
we will look at the rest of Joshua's example
LORD GOD, You are the same yesterday, today
and forever. Thank you for the record of
Your hand upon Your people. We who have
been grafted into the vine, have inherited
the wisdom of the ages through Your people
Israel. Holy Spirit, teach us once again! Amen.
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