Taking a look at the Old Testament: Joshua

Learning From God's Word

“Be strong and courageous … for the Lord your God will be with you” (Joshua 1:9).

How can we be strong and courageous?

Does strength and courage come from within ourselves?

We may like to think that we’re strong and courageous – but we’re not.

Again and again, we’re reminded of how weak we really are.

Often, we’re filled with fear rather than strength and courage.

What are we to do when we like this?

Are we to deny our feelings, and say to ourselves, “I’m really all right. There’s nothing much wrong with me – nothing that I can’t sort out”?

We need to stop telling ourselves that we’re doing okay – and start listening to what God says to us.

He tells us that strength and courage come from him – “the Lord your God will be with you.”

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Taking a look at the Old Testament: Judges

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“In those days, Israel had no king; everyone did what what was right in his own eyes” (Judges 21:25).

Let’s move forward from Israel’s sad situation – no king, people doing whatever they liked.

Let’s move forward to today’s world. We have kings and queens, prime ministers and president.

Is there not someone else that we need, someone else that we should not forget?

What about God?

What happens when we forget about him?

There’s no more right and wrong. We do what we like. We do what pleases ourselves.

Often, we forget God – but he never forgets us.

He remembers us – and he calls us to remember him.

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Taking a look at the Old Testament: Ruth

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“Your people will be my people and your God my God” (Ruth 1:16).

These words were spoken by Ruth. She was speaking to her mother-in-law, Naomi. What confort ruth’s words brought to Naomi. Ruth was not going to abandon her. She was going to stand by her.

In the love that Ruth had for Naomi, we see something of the love of God for us.

How comforting it is to know that God does not abandon us. How much strength we receive from knowing that he stands by us.

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What are we to do when everything seems to be hopeless?

1 Kings 14:1-15:8 What are we to do when everything seems to be hopeless? – We turn to You, Lord. You are the God of hope. Our hope is in You. You can turn things around. Your love changes everything. Your love changes us. Thank You, Lord, for Your love. It’s Your love that gives …

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Thank God for encouragers!

Numbers 12:1-13:33  -  Miriam and Aaron complained (12:1-2). Caleb and Joshua encouraged (30; 14:6-9). Thank God for encouragers! How did Moses react to criticism? He ‘was very meek’ (3). He was like Jesus - ‘When He was reviled, He did not revile again’ (1 Peter 2:23). Moses - ‘a servant’ - was  ‘entrusted with all …

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We do not fight in our own strength. The battle is the Lord’s – and our strength comes from Him.

2 Corinthians 10:1-11:15  -  We are engaged in warfare. Is it ‘worldly war’? Do we use ‘worldly weapons’? No! It is spiritual  warfare. God has given us His weapons (10:3-4). Our enemy is ‘Satan’ - ‘the god of this world’ (11:13-15; 4:4). We face him with ‘the whole armour of God’, with ‘the Gospel of peace’ (Ephesians 6:11,13,15). We are not …

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God says, ‘I am the Lord.’ Let Him be ‘your God.’

Leviticus 22:17-23:44 -  God says, ‘I am the Lord’ (22:30-33):  Let Him be ‘your God’ (23:14,22,28,40,43,).  We are to ‘worship in Spirit and in truth’ – ‘in the Spirit on the Lord’s Day’ (John 4:24; Revelation 1:10)  When Christ died – This was the day of atonement.  We worship Him, ‘our Passover Lamb’ (22:28; Exodus …

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Keep reminding Satan of Christ’s victory. Don’t let him forget it!

1 Chronicles 21:1-22:1 -  ‘Satan stood up against Israel…’ (21:1). ‘Satan’ is ‘the devil’ (Revelation 12:7). He is a powerful enemy. We must not underestimate him. In the service of the Lord, we face strong opposition. It is not merely human  – ‘our struggle is not against flesh and blood’. It is much more powerful …

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