THROUGH THE BIBLE IN THREE YEARS THROUGH THE BIBLE IN THREE YEARS

THROUGH THE BIBLE IN THREE YEARS

This program of daily devotions is designed to take you through the Bible in three years. It is our desire to help you gain a better general understanding of God's Word.

Please understand that in a study this brief, we will be concerned with only the major emphases and context of the Scriptures.

Each day a devotion for one or two chapters is posted, beginning with chapter one of Genesis and going through chapter twenty-two of Revelation. You are free to print each page as it appears. If you miss a day, you may contact us and request that devotion. Please send your request, along with $.50 (p&h) for each page to:

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JOSHUA

CHAPTER 23

1 And it came to pass a long time after that the LORD had given rest unto Israel from all their enemies round about, that Joshua waxed old and stricken in age. 2 And Joshua called for all Israel, and for their elders, and for their heads, and for their judges, and for their officers, and said unto them, I am old and stricken in age: 3 And ye have seen all that the LORD your God hath done unto all these nations because of you; for the LORD your God is he that hath fought for you.

Joshua, realizing he is old now and about to die, calls for the elders of th tribes. He reminds them that God is the One Who brought them into the land, and God is due all the credit for winning all the battles.

Is God the One Who brought you where you are?

Do you give HIM the glory for bringing you through all the rought times?

When things go bad, do you complain and turn angry or bitter, or do you praise God, knowing that He will bring you out of it?

"My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations;" (James 1:2)

"And they departed from the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for his name."

4 Behold, I have divided unto you by lot these nations that remain, to be an inheritance for your tribes, from Jordan, with all the nations that I have cut off, even unto the great sea westward. 5 And the LORD your God, he shall expel them from before you, and drive them from out of your sight; and ye shall possess their land, as the LORD your God hath promised unto you. 6 Be ye therefore very courageous to keep and to do all that is written in the book of the law of Moses, that ye turn not aside therefrom to the right hand or to the left; 7 That ye come not among these nations, these that remain among you; neither make mention of the name of their gods, nor cause to swear by them, neither serve them, nor bow yourselves unto them: 8 But cleave unto the LORD your God, as ye have done unto this day.

Joshua has divided the land for them, but they still have a lot of conquering to do (verse 4).
-----They must look to GOD for the conquering ability! (verse 5).
-----They must OBEY God's Word (verse 6).
-----They must not allow their worship of God to be corrupted by the religions of the Canaanites (verses 6-7).
-----They must cling to God ONLY (verse 8, and Exodus 20:3).
Isn't this the way it is in our Christian life?
Our ability to cope with the difficulties of life in this sinful world comes ONLY from God. We must cling to Him always, obey His Word, and then we will be successful in the ways of God.

9 For the LORD hath driven out from before you great nations and strong: but as for you, no man hath been able to stand before you unto this day. 10 One man of you shall chase a thousand: for the LORD your God, he it is that fighteth for you, as he hath promised you.

God gives great power to those who cling to and obey Him (see 1John 4:4).

11 Take good heed therefore unto yourselves, that ye love the LORD your God. 12 Else if ye do in any wise go back, and cleave unto the remnant of these nations, even these that remain among you, and shall make marriages with them, and go in unto them, and they to you: 13 Know for a certainty that the LORD your God will no more drive out any of these nations from before you; but they shall be snares and traps unto you, and scourges in your sides, and thorns in your eyes, until ye perish from off this good land which the LORD your God hath given you.

Perhaps one of the biggest problems in a Christian's life is when he or she allows emotionalism to sway decision making.
When a Christian marries without taking considerations as to the spiritual life of his/her spouse, then the power of God in the life of the Christian is diminished.
Notice how God describes this kind of marriage: "snares," "traps," "scourges," and "thorns."

14 And, behold, this day I am going the way of all the earth: and ye know in all your hearts and in all your souls, that not one thing hath failed of all the good things which the LORD your God spake concerning you; all are come to pass unto you, and not one thing hath failed thereof. 15 Therefore it shall come to pass, that as all good things are come upon you, which the LORD your God promised you; so shall the LORD bring upon you all evil things, until he have destroyed you from off this good land which the LORD your God hath given you. 16 When ye have transgressed the covenant of the LORD your God, which he commanded you, and have gone and served other gods, and bowed yourselves to them; then shall the anger of the LORD be kindled against you, and ye shall perish quickly from off the good land which he hath given unto you.

Realizing that he is dying, Joshua is stating what he believes to be MOST IMPORTANT to these leaders.
Obedience to God brings peace and blessings; disobedience brings sorrow and suffering.
God, Joshua says, had promised "good" to Israel and had delivered. Now God is promising "evil" if they disobey His Word; and God will surely deliver on ALL His promises!
Christians are saved and granted the blood of Christ to cover all their sins. They are also granted immediate and undeniable access to the God of Glory through faith in Jesus Christ.
But God is our FATHER, and He still can be "angry" with His children when they disobey Him!
Unrepentant disobedience requires disciplinary action by a loving Father. Obedience brings loving peace from that same Father.

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