May I just throw some notes on this page for your Monday review?
Doing my workbook assignment has given me a chance to visit several books of Holy Writ today and I’ve had a really good time!
One such reading was at Joshua 7: 1-26 and I made some notes and highlighted a couple verses as follows (more or less):
v. 9 “ For the Canaanites and all the inhabitants of the land will hear of it, and they will surround us and cut off our name from the earth. And what will You do for Your great name?” (NASB)
Joshua was praying here after a serious military defeat and, I think, Joshua got a little emotional and had some temporary memory loss. 🙂 I think he was afraid (but then who wouldn’t be) and forgot Who he was talking to. So I’m sitting here safely in my chair, how many millenniums later, talk about arm-chair quarterbacking! – and thinking had he remembered God’s promise to Abraham he would have prayed differently. He might have said to himself as he prepared to pray, ‘okay, we will not be completely destroyed, the Messiah has been promised to us. But something is definitely big time wrong here, we need to do something, but what?’
BUT, honesty and integrity demands that I ask myself, would I, do I, when I am deep in the ‘trenches’ of fear, defeat, failure, disappointment, loss, lack, etc. etc. remember the promises YAHWEH has made to me? How about you?
And I could end right here and it would be a word to all of us to remember. Remember and do better. And I want that for us. To learn to do better. And we will.
But then you would wonder why the title is ‘Got Milk?’.
You see this military defeat was brought about because there was sin in the camp.
The LORD responded to Joshua’s prayer, in part, this way:
13. . . . you cannot stand before your enemies until you have removed the things under the ban from your midst.” (NASB)
Would you like to know what I get from this for us today? Good. Remember that commercial, ‘Got milk?’ Yes? Well, . . .
Got practicing, hidden sin in your heart (life)?
Then you can expect defeat.
We cannot expect the lavish favor of God upon our lives when we are harboring sin of any kind within our hearts or our practice. Neither can we expect to meet additional temptation without defeat if we are practicing hidden sin. Our only hope is to R E P E N T. And then we will be strengthened and blessed.
1 John 1: (New International Version, ©2010)9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.
Now THAT is good news! GREAT news! Big sins, little sins (in our estimation), ALL sins — when we repent (that is finally agree with Him that it is sin and be willing to turn from it), HE will forgive and cleanse! And we get to start over again!
Got Milk? Deal with it before it sours and makes a real stinky mess!
I am grateful, ABBA, that You are LORD over all things; all that concerns us as well as those things that we are not even privy to, to concern us. I commend now our Readers to You for blessings. Thank You for this lesson. I pray You will use it to bless and minister in JESUS name. I bring as well each one listed at our Praying for These list, our IDOK Troops, and every concern of every Reader now and for as long as Readers come to these pages, asking that You tend us as You will to honor JESUS and conform us to His Image. Amen and amen.
For those of you who read from your email in-boxes and have not visited THE WHITE STONE on-line for a while, let me invite you to visit again. Here are some links to get you started. I hope you will find some fun things and encouraging ones as well.
Under Holy Fun & Stuff
you will find Rubies for JESUS, by Elaine Olsen of Peace for the Journey, and Three Rings for Alice, a short story coming to us in 12 parts (we have 9 so far) by Lisa Lickel. And also Quotes and Books and You Tubes.
And a new page 2011 Memory Verses has been added. It’s not too late to get on board memorizing Scripture this year!