Posts Tagged ‘Joshua’

An Ugly Wardrobe

Jun 13

by Victoria Robinson

Two important things my sweet husband has learned to say are, “No, that dress does not make you look fat.”, and “Cute shoes!” Girlfriends, doesn’t it always give you a wonderful feeling to have someone make flattering comments about your wardrobe? It is even more important for our heavenly Father to assure us we are dressed beautifully. Now that is a priceless feeling!

Dressing appropriately involves two aspects. Never wearing something ugly and alway wearing beautiful attire. The psalmist describes two ugly pieces of a wardrobe. A prideful necklace and violent clothes. Wow! That paints an awful picture. Joshua was told to change from his filthy clothes into rich garments. Now that paints a beautiful picture! What was required of Joshua to change his wardrobe was to walk in the ways of the Lord.

Girlfriends, an ugly wardrobe comes out of our “sin closet”. Rich garments come out of our “godly closet”. Which closet are you dressing from today?

Dearest girlfriends, let us throw away the ugly wardrobe of sin and dress ourselves in the beauty of godliness.

Therefore pride is their necklace; they clothe themselves with violence. ~ Psalm 73:4 NIV
 
Now Joshua was dressed in filthy clothes as he stood before the angel. The angel said to those who were standing before him, “Take off his filthy clothes.” Then he said to Joshua, “See, I have taken away your sin, and I will put rich garments on you.” Then I said, “Put a clean turban on his head.” So they put a clean turban on his head and clothed him, while the angel of the LORD stood by. The angel of the LORD gave this charge to Joshua: “This is what the LORD Almighty says: ‘If you will walk in my ways and keep my requirements, then you will govern my house and have charge of my courts, and I will give you a place among these standing here. ~ Zechariah 3:3-4 NIV

Did You Bother to Ask?

Mar 01

by Victoria Robinson

Have you ever jumped into something quickly without bothering to ask the Lord what you should do? Never fails to turn out disastrous when we do not inquire of the Lord concerning our plans. In fact King Solomon said, “Don’t talk before you think or make promises to God without thinking them through.” Unfortunately Joshua and his leaders did not use this principle when they signed a peace treaty with some men they had just met. Turns out these men were deceptive and were actually from Gibeon. Before Joshua led the Israelites into the promised land the Lord had forbidden them to make a treaty with them.

Though the Israelites eventually repented of making a hasty decision, they nonetheless went through needless troubles before everything worked out. They understood that breaking their oath would only be another violation of God’s Word. Herein is another good principle for us to glean from this story. Once we make a hasty decision, it is unwise to violate the Word of God to get out from under it. We must follow God’s principles to find the way to success from our failures.

Dearest girlfriends, let us not be hasty, but ask of the Lord before we make decisions.

Joshua and the other leaders finally believed them. They did not bother to ask the Lord but went ahead and signed a peace treaty. And the leaders of Israel ratified the agreement with a binding oath. Three days later the facts came out—these men were close neighbors. The Israeli army set out at once to investigate and reached their cities in three days. (The names of the cities were Gibeon, Chephirah, Beeroth, and Kiriath-jearim.) But the cities were not harmed because of the vow which the leaders of Israel had made before the Lord God. The people of Israel were angry with their leaders because of the peace treaty. ~ Joshua 9:14-18 TLB
  
When the Lord brings you into the Promised Land, as he soon will, he will destroy the following seven nations, all greater and mightier than you are: the Hittites, the Girgashites, the Amorites, the Canaanites, the Perizzites, the Hivites, the Jebusites. “When the Lord your God delivers them over to you to be destroyed, do a complete job of it—don’t make any treaties or show them mercy; utterly wipe them out. Do not intermarry with them, nor let your sons and daughters marry their sons and daughters. That would surely result in your young people’s beginning to worship their gods. Then the anger of the Lord would be hot against you, and he would surely destroy you. ~ Deuteronomy 7:1-4 NLT
 
Do not swear falsely by my name and so profane the name of your God. I am the LORD. ~ Leviticus 19:12 NIV
 
We humans make plans, but the Lord has the final word. We may think we know what is right, but the Lord is the judge of our motives. Share your plans with the Lord, and you will succeed. ~ Proverbs 16:1-3 CEV
 
Don’t talk before you think or make promises to God without thinking them through. God is in heaven, and you are on earth, so don’t talk too much. ~ Ecclesiastes 5:2 CEV
 
It is not good to have zeal without knowledge, nor to be hasty and miss the way. ~ Proverbs 19:2 NIV

But …

Sep 27
by Victoria Robinson
 
Does everything good in your life come with a “but”? For instance, “I am glad I lost the weight, but … now I have to spend money on new clothes.” Okay girlfriends, who wouldn’t be thrilled to lose weight? I have a person in my life who does this all the time. Almost every good report she gives me has a “but” in it. In the natural way of thinking, I do understand her but, (Now this is a good use of the word “but”. LOL) in the spiritual way of thinking this is all wrong. We have to train our minds to align with God’s way of seeing things. In the story of the Israelites taking the promised land, Caleb and Joshua had God’s view of the situation. The other men had their minds filled with all the “buts” in the situation.
 
We went into the land to which you sent us, and it does flow with milk and honey,
but … the people who live there are powerful
but … they are stronger than we are
but … the land devours those living in it
but … the people are of great size 
 
Imagine God giving you a beautiful land to live in and all you do is think of the reasons it will not work out. How foolish is that? Do you do the same thing in your life? The apostle Paul had a good use of the word “but” in the book of Philippians. He had a bad report concerning what was happening in his life. He was being beaten because some were stirring up trouble for him and yet, he recognized that the important thing was that Christ was being preached. He said, “But what does it matter? The important thing is that in every way, whether from false motives or true, Christ is preached.” Are there always “buts” to the good things God is doing in your life. Dearest girlfriends, I pray that we would see things through God’s eyes and stop using the word “but” when it comes to what God wants to do.
 
They gave Moses this account: “We went into the land to which you sent us, and it does flow with milk and honey! Here is its fruit. But the people who live there are powerful, and the cities are fortified and very large. We even saw descendants of Anak there. The Amalekites live in the Negev; the Hittites, Jebusites and Amorites live in the hill country; and the Canaanites live near the sea and along the Jordan.” Then Caleb silenced the people before Moses and said, “We should go up and take possession of the land, for we can certainly do it.” But the men who had gone up with him said, “We can’t attack those people; they are stronger than we are.” And they spread among the Israelites a bad report about the land they had explored. They said, “The land we explored devours those living in it. All the people we saw there are of great size. We saw the Nephilim there (the descendants of Anak come from the Nephilim). We seemed like grasshoppers in our own eyes, and we looked the same to them.” ~ Numbers 13:27-33
 
The former preach Christ out of selfish ambition, not sincerely, supposing that they can stir up trouble for me while I am in chains. But what does it matter? The important thing is that in every way, whether from false motives or true, Christ is preached. And because of this I rejoice. Yes, and I will continue to rejoice, ~ Philippians 1:17-18