March 21 Joshua 9-11; 1 Corinthians 6

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Please Consult with Me First| John DeAses

S~ The Israelites looked over the supplies those people had brought.  But they didn’t ask the Lord what they should do.  Joshua 9:14(NLT)

O~ Joshua makes a peace treaty with the people of Gibeon under false pretense.   After hearing of the heroics of Joshua, the people of Gibeon devised a plan to dupe the Israelites into believing they were from a distant land.  In fact, the people of Gibeon were next door neighbors, and were subject to being destroyed by Joshua and the men of Israel per the edict of Moses.  So in fear for their lives, the people of Gibeon pretended to be from a faraway land and petitioned Joshua to make a peace treaty with them.  This peace treaty was granted.   But Joshua 9:14 says the Lord was not asked.

A~ And the Lord was not asked.  How many times have I made decisions without consulting the Lord? I hasten to add, probably more than I care to admit.   It dawns on me that when this slippage takes place, Joshua was having lots of military success.  Right in the middle of all those blessings, this story takes place in which Joshua fails to ask the Lord.  Perhaps the lesson is this: When God is really answering prayers and pouring out His blessing, there exists a danger of taking God for granted and not consulting His input.  Right now, I have an appointment set up to meet with a potential buyer of my rental property. If the prospective buyer likes the rental property, he will make an offer on the spot.  And if the price is right, I am willing to part ways with my investment.   It just so happens I am experiencing the “wind at my back” as it pertains to my marriage — the best it has ever been.   Other areas of my life, likewise, could not be any better, so I really haven’t prayed much on this upcoming meeting.  But I would be wise to apply the lesson from this story which is to check in with the Lord to see what He has to say lest I act in haste and think the Lord will automatically bless my efforts.

P~ My prayer is that I step out in faith today, but with every step I am in communion with You, Lord.  No matter how good it gets, never let me take You for granted.   May I always be stirred up to check in with You and beseech Your thoughts on all things that matter.

My consult | Nikki Metzger

S~ So the Israelites examined their food, but they did not consult the Lord.  Joshua 9:14 (NLT)

O~ The Gibeonites, a people that God told the Israelites to destroy, are trying to deceive the Israelites into signing a peace treaty.  The Israelites are inspecting the physical things about the people, but did not go to God to ask if it was the right thing.

A~ Someone who I believe is wise beyond words and is passionate in advancing God’s Kingdom asked me to step into a serving role.  God, I know it’s time to serve, Your promptings are all around, but I don’t want to do anything unless it’s Your plan for my best. I believe if Joshua and the people consulted You before they made the peace treaty – things would have went better for them!

P~ Father, when I examine the worldly aspect of this service, it appears great!  But what do You say?  You know what my schedule will be like in 3 months, a year, in 5 years.  You know if my kids will need me to be closer…God I just want to consult with You before I make the decision.  And as always, clear direction is best for me since I’m not Your smartest follower 🙂  I LOVE YOU!!

Your Guidance | Luisa Penaherrera

S~ So the Israelite leaders examined their bread, but they did not consult the Lord.   Joshua 9:14 (NLT)

O~  The people from Gibeon deceived the people of Israel by having old moldy bread, worn out clothing and other signs of proof that they were from a distant land, so that they would not be destroyed.  This verse says the people examined the bread but did not talk with God about it.

A~ How many times do I examine the bread;  just look at the facts and what I can see with my own eyes instead of asking God what he wants.  Recently I had the opportunity for a job that I would enjoy doing.  I have plans that would be in conflict with the demands of this job: upcoming trips to visit our children, commitments that are already in place.  These are things I didn’t take into consideration as the excitement of working took over and I inquired about the job, and they sent me to get an application and fill it out, and an interview on the spot to “when can you start”.  I felt my chest tightening up as I thought of working and all that I already had going on.  Then Holy Spirit reminded me that the pace my life is in right now is a peaceful pace for me.  When I finally got quiet and listened, I heard what God was saying to me.  I realized that at least in this season of life it would not be a wise decision to commit to a job.  I felt a little bit like a young child who wants something so bad but doesn’t realize the harm it can cause. I am thankful to have Holy Spirit’s intervention when I was “examining the bread”.

P~ Dear Father, thank you for Holy Spirit.  Thank you for your guidance.  Help me to stay connected and trust you.  You know me better than I do and know what’s best for me.

Eat to Live (not Live to Eat!) | Kelley DeAses

S~ “Everything is permissible for me” — but not everything is beneficial.  “Everything is permissible for me” — but I will not be mastered by anything.  1 Corinthians 6:12 (NIV)

O~ Paul is pointing out that believers in Jesus Christ enjoy a great deal of freedom, but cautions us to be careful how we use it.  I would say this is all the more true for us as believers in the U.S. today.  Our relative wealth in comparison to the rest of the world affords us endless options for how we can spend our dollars and our time, not all of which are sinful per se, but may ultimately not be wise toward the aim of living the best life God has available for us or bringing honor to our Father in heaven.

A~ What immediately came to mind for me when I read this verse was food.  I have not been exercising self control in this area, especially in recent weeks.  It is easy to justify in the moment — my son was home for college and we celebrated his birthday early, my boss is relocating so we have been eating out a lot at work, I have been hosting several Bible studies in our home……everyday can be that “special occasion,” right?  Yet I am all too clear I only need to eat when I am hungry.  Then the food will satisfy.  Over and beyond this, continuing to indulge my appetite is not beneficial — my physical body, to be sure;  nor my mind, which knows better; nor my spirit, which relinquishes its self-control, peace, and joy, in exchange for momentary pleasure.

P~ Father, As I seek to live a life of purpose, being obedient to Your will, help me take my eyes off food as my source of happiness and fix my eyes on only You.

Bought With A High Price | Kim Chipman

S~ Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself, for God bought you with a high price. So you must honor God with your body. 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 (NLT)

O~ Paul is teaching about avoiding sexual sin. Paul warns to “Run from sexual sin!”

A~ Honestly, I’m not tempted into sexual sin. It’s just not a thing for me, personally. I know that MANY people do struggle in this area – men especially with pornography and women with more emotional lures like romance novels, movies, and the latest 50 Shades craze. Once we go there in our hearts You tell us we have sinned so they are both toxic to us and to our relationships. I would absolutely be more emotionally tempted, though I am intentional to keep close friendships with women only.

I DO, however, need this reminder for other areas. My body is the temple of Your Holy Spirit! I was bought with a HIGH PRICE! I don’t always honor You with my body. I have neglected exercise and don’t always make the best choices with what I put in my mouth or my mind.

P~ Lord, help me to remember how precious my body is – it is Your temple! I need it to do ministry! Help me to remember in the moments when I am making food choices and thought choices and word choices. Help me to choose for Your glory. I love You!

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