Yesterday, we are studied chapter 5 of Joshua.
Quick overview: In this chapter God has come to Joshua and told him to relay an important preparation message to the people of Israel: Before they go into battle to take Jericho, they are to consecrate themselves. This stands in sharp contrast to what they probably wanted to do, which was sharpen knives, make spears, and design armor. (I encourage you to read this chapter before finishing this post so you can get the most out of it. It should not take more than about five minutes of your time.)
In this chapter, we see a number of important things that we can apply to our own lives:
- Understand the real enemy. It's not flesh and blood. It's sin and evil.
- Understand who owns the battle. This is Gods battle, and we participate in HIS battle.
- Our ways are rarely God's ways.
- There's a big difference between confession and repentance. Confession is acknowledging sin. Repentance is doing something completely opposite of the sinful action and not looking back on it and wishing you could participate in the sin.
We see that Israel started eating food from the land of Canaan and the manna from the sky stopped falling. For Israel, Manna was like baby food. They were given something they couldn't provide for themselves. Now the baby food is stopped and they're eating mature foods, designed for people of spiritual maturity. One of the greatest problems facing the American church is the fact that Christians all across our country want to be spoon-fed "feel good" messages from pulpits. Sadly, many popular pastors are giving Christians watered-down inspirational messages instead of the message of consecration and communion with God.
Folks, we are in a spiritual battle for souls. It might look like something else with a crazy election cycle and Isis blowing up people, but it's not about politics and its not about flesh and blood.
If we buy into the rhetoric of the day, we will not see what God sees. Moreover, we will foolishly ask him to help us with our flesh and blood battles instead of consecrating ourselves and allowing him to do battle at a much deeper level.
Is there an area of your life where you have been asking God for help in the natural when you need to abandon plans and wait for his marching orders in the supernatural?
We are studying 2 Samuel 14 and 15 today at house church.
In chapter 14, verse 14 we read about a woman saying this to King David:
“Like water spilled on the ground, which cannot be recovered, so we must die. But that is not what God desires; rather, he devises ways so that a banished person does not remain banished from him.”
She was absolutely correct. The nature of God is restorative. He loves us so much that he sent his son Jesus to this earth to die for us and create a pathway back into relationship with him.
So our question should not be, "Why does God not create multiple paths to him?", but, "Why do we want multiple paths instead of taking advantage of the one he provided?"
If you ask me, it all comes down to control. We want to be in control. We want multiple choices because it gives us a sense of control, and that's just not how establishing a relationship with God works.
Now, after the sinful separation has been taken care of by the work of the cross, there is a lot of collaboration and freedom between a Christian and the Father! It seems a lot of people resist the gospel message of Jesus Christ because they think God is controlling, because the pathway to him is narrow and after the relationship is established it will continue to be one of control by God.
Being part of a Christian community helps you understand that this is not the case. It is here where you will find freedom in Christ and the creativity of God in ways you've never imagined.
Is feeling a loss of control keeping you from establishing a relationship with God through Christ and living in biblical community?
We'll be talking about Joshua Chapter 6 this Sunday! Come share with us!
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