The BIBLE states, “COME CLOSER and HEAR the WORDS of the LORD your GOD. And Joshua said, Hereby ye shall know that the living GOD is among you [GOD IS WITH YOU], and that HE WILL WITHOUT FAIL DRIVE OUT your enemies (the Canaanites, Hittites, Hivites, Perizzites, Girgashites, the Amorites, the Jebusites…). (Joshua 3:9-10)
BRING IT DOWN ON HOME:
You all know the story of Joshua (Moses’ successor), the Children of Israel, their failures and successful campaigns in the Promise Land. But I don’t know you (and likewise) and we don’t know everyone else in the World (and likewise). As CHRISTIANS, we have one thing in common: JESUS CHRIST IS LORD and we all want to make it to HEAVEN.
(1) COME CLOSER! The Lord GOD has not forgotten you as He has special thoughts, goals, and an extraordinary purpose(s) for your life. Do you believe this? When you want to examine something, you get real close to it. If you’re window-shopping at a store, you go inside asking for that particular merchandise. Before you buy it, you want to see it, try it on, or thoroughly examine it! Well, salvation is not for sale! But the LORD says, “Come NOW [not tomorrow or next week] and let us REASON together, though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be white as snow…though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.” (Isaiah 1:18)
(2) HEAR and OBEY THE WORDS OF THE LORD! Open up you hearing and understanding, “If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land. But if ye refuse and rebel, ye shall be devoured with the sword for the mouth of the Lord hath spoke it.” (Isaiah 1:19-20) Stop living in the past, making hasty decisions, holding grudges, and reliving old dilemmas and mistakes. In order to go forward, you have to shed old skin. Once you hear the WORD, changes takes place within such as deep conviction, sincere repentance, self-examination, turning from sin, the Holy Spirit lives within you, and new life begins. You are a new man or woman in CHRIST JESUS because GOD IS WITH YOU!
(3) GOD FIGHTS YOUR BATTLES! Now you can lists your short comings and plug-in the names of your enemies. “HE WILL WITHOUT FAIL DRIVE OUT your enemies…” (Instead of listing the Canaanites, Hittites, Hivites, Perizzites, Girgashites, the Amorites, the Jebusites, you can write down EVERYTHING that bothers you including sicknesses and certain people). Go ahead, this is an exercise just for you and put the list in your study Bible because you will be checking off things and people one by one. Remember, the Word says, “HE WILL WITHOUT FAIL…”
Have a Blessed Day!