April 17, 2017 Joshua 11,12; Romans 10

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Confusion and trust | Marisa Tomlinson

S~  Joshua slaughtered all the other kings and their people, completely destroying them, just as Moses, the servant of the Lord, had commanded. Joshua 11:12 (NLT)

O~ It always startles me when I read about killing and death done by God’s command. In verse 11, it says “not a single person was spared.” I get so confused. The God I know is kind, forgiving, and gentile. When I’m confused…I study. Compelling truth.org says:

“During ancient times, the conquering side had to deal with the inevitable issue of the survivors. Would they keep surviving soldiers, women, and children alive and make them servants, or was it better to completely destroy the opposing force? Apparently due to both the violent nature of the Canaanites and neighboring groups as well as their worship of other gods, the Lord declared these enemies were to be completely destroyed.

Again, such a choice seems extreme and unthinkable in today’s world. Yet from the Israelite perspective, keeping enemies alive caused the following: First, survivors would have the potential to later oppose the Israelites in war. Second, and more importantly, the survivors could cause spiritual harm through the worship of other gods. God’s commands in these situations were to kill everyone in the community instead.”

Wiping out an entire people to shield the Israelites from their influence, while extreme to our modern sensibilities, was what the Lord commanded. His plan to deliver the Israelites and give them the promised land included ridding the land of it’s violent inhabitants. “Because of these detestable practices the LORD your God will drive out those nations before you.” Leviticus 18:24-25

A~ God’s plan for His people (including me) sometimes doesn’t make sense. As we trust Him and follow His commands parts of His plan become clearer. Thankfully, God’s plan for me doesn’t include killing.  Jesus took care of all of that for me when he took the cross. His command is for us to love on another. Our mission is to live and LOVE like Christ. Things aren’t always easy, refinement is definitely part of His plan for me, but it’s always worth it. The closer I get to Him, the more I am able to love on others. As we remember the sacrifice of Christ this Easter and rejoice in His resurrection, remember that He is resurrecting us too. Rise up from the darkness into the light of a new day.

P~ Jesus, thank you for taking on our sin so that we could walk with you intimately. Lord, I am so grateful that you love me enough to have a plan for my life. Forgive me for the times I get confused by your methods of teaching me. Out of your abundant love, you choose to refine me but you also lavish me with blessings. My heart is Yours and I trust that Jeremiah 29:11 is true: ” ‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’ “(NIV) I’m honored to be called Yours. Amen

You WILL Be Saved | Kim Chipman

S~ If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. Romans 10:9 (NIV)

O~ Sounds too simple. We must have to work harder than that, right?

A~ I’ve been witnessing to a good friend of mine. She’s been curious and dipping her toes in the water of faith for quite some time. Years. Here lately there has been a new stirring in her heart. She’s really seeking understanding. Something is holding her back.

This is a precious reminder of just how simple salvation really is. You made it simple so it is accessible to ALL. Just believe in your heart and declare with your mouth that Jesus is Lord. That’s it!

There is so much about walking with You that is a journey of understanding. Believing You are who You say You are doesn’t mean I understand it all. I’ve been walking with You diligently seeking for about 15 years and there is still so much I don’t know/understand. I’m confident I was saved when I was very young. I wasn’t walking with You or enjoying the benefits of the fruit of Your Spirit yet, but I believed Jesus is the Son of God and He died for me and rose again.

The walk of faith is a lifelong journey. Salvation, however, is SIMPLE. Just believe it’s true.

P~ Lord, I pray for my friend as she seeks You. Reveal Yourself to her in a powerful way! Help her to surrender and enter into the best relationship ever! I love You

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