Joshua 7 part 2–The Hard Part of Leading

Joshua had no choice.  There was a member of his people that directly disobeyed God.  A nice cloak a bar of Gold and some silver seemed to be worth the lives of Achan’s fellow Israelites.  So, Joshua brought Achan out and asked for the truth. Achan confessed the goods retrieved and Achan, his family and all that he had were destroyed.  What a heartbreak.  God could not tolerate the sin and Joshua could not look the other way. 

This was truly the worst part of leading.God puts us in positions where we must decide between what is easy and what is right.  What is easy always feels great at first, but usually fails to address the problem and ultimately causes more harm than good.  As a person that loves and follows the Lord, one must seek Him and do the things that honor Him.  Sometimes that is heart-wrenching and painful. 

When we do follow the Lord, He will honor our choices and bless us.  Joshua did the right thing.  The people of Israel followed Joshua’s lead and the sin was dealt with and the people were able to move on.  That was part of being the shepherd of this people, and Joshua did that job very well.

God Bless You


So Joshua rose early in the morning and brought Israel near tribe by tribe, and the tribe of Judah was taken. 17 And he brought near the clans of Judah, and the clan of the Zerahites was taken. And he brought near the clan of the Zerahites man by man, and Zabdi was taken. 18 And he brought near his household man by man, and Achan the son of Carmi, son of Zabdi, son of Zerah, of the tribe of Judah, was taken. 19 Then Joshua said to Achan, “My son, give glory to the Lord God of Israel and give praise[b] to him. And tell me now what you have done; do not hide it from me.” 20 And Achan answered Joshua, “Truly I have sinned against the Lord God of Israel, and this is what I did: 21 when I saw among the spoil a beautiful cloak from Shinar, and 200 shekels of silver, and a bar of gold weighing 50 shekels,[c] then I coveted them and took them. And see, they are hidden in the earth inside my tent, with the silver underneath.”

22 So Joshua sent messengers, and they ran to the tent; and behold, it was hidden in his tent with the silver underneath. 23 And they took them out of the tent and brought them to Joshua and to all the people of Israel. And they laid them down before the Lord. 24 And Joshua and all Israel with him took Achan the son of Zerah, and the silver and the cloak and the bar of gold, and his sons and daughters and his oxen and donkeys and sheep and his tent and all that he had. And they brought them up to the Valley of Achor. 25 And Joshua said, “Why did you bring trouble on us? The Lord brings trouble on you today.” And all Israel stoned him with stones. They burned them with fire and stoned them with stones. 26 And they raised over him a great heap of stones that remains to this day. Then the Lord turned from his burning anger. Therefore, to this day the name of that place is called the Valley of Achor.[d]

A New Direction–Exodus 2 Continued

Moses’ life took a big turn. From prince to fugitive, he had to recreate himself. He escaped to Midian, where  he immediately saved some ladies in distress. Humble, heroic and unique, he was quickly adopted by the local priest and married his daughter. 

This would never have been how he would have scripted his own journey, but, now the prince and chosen one of Israel was safe, provided for, and free from the threats of Egypt. 

It is easy to allow course corrections in our lives to embitter, discourage and nullify our walk with God. When we become entrapped by the circumstances, we miss the many underlying blessings that accompany the change. 

God asks us to simply trust his plan and follow him. When we do, especially with a humble and grateful heart, he can mold us into his image and use us to accomplish great things. Otherwise, we find our lives spin horribly downward and we miss the joy set before us. Thank you, Lord for setting out the journey and blessing me along the way. 

God Bless You 

Some shepherds came along and drove them away, but Moses got up and came to their rescue and watered their flock.

When the girls returned to Reuel their father, he asked them, “Why have you returned so early today?”

They answered, “An Egyptian rescued us from the shepherds. He even drew water for us and watered the flock.”

“And where is he?” Reuel asked his daughters. “Why did you leave him? Invite him to have something to eat.”

Moses agreed to stay with the man, who gave his daughter Zipporah to Moses in marriage.

Joseph–Genesis 37 Part 1

The favored one–Joseph was surely adored by his dad and chosen by God. What an amazing place to be. The honor of being chosen and favored come, however, with a price. Joseph lived differently than his brothers and was treated differently by the rest of the siblings. His behavior always honored his Father. He loved his dad and would never intentionally hurt or bring shame to him. Sadly, his brothers resented this favor and his attitude and failed to realize they should model him and not hate him. 

In our lives, we like Joseph are chosen. It is a great honor and gift. It does, however, come with a price. We are called to be like Christ. We, out of love, strive to honor him daily. This is not always easy nor does it win favor with the world at large. We are considered at least ignorant or gullible. Often we are hated, singled-out and persecuted. Mostly, we are never supported for our choice. 

Take heart though, the Father loves us and will give his best for and to us. We simply walk faithfully an trust him completely and we will stand out like Joseph did.

God Bless You  

This is the account of Jacob’s family line.Joseph, a young man of seventeen, was tending the flocks with his brothers, the sons of Bilhah and the sons of Zilpah, his father’s wives, and he brought their father a bad report about them.

Now Israel loved Joseph more than any of his other sons, because he had been born to him in his old age; and he made an ornate robe for him.

When his brothers saw that their father loved him more than any of them, they hated him and could not speak a kind word to him.

Joseph had a dream, and when he told it to his brothers, they hated him all the more.

He said to them, “Listen to this dream I had:

We were binding sheaves of grain out in the field when suddenly my sheaf rose and stood upright, while your sheaves gathered around mine and bowed down to it.”

Change the World–Genesis 26 Part 2

The world can truly tell that God impacts your life. While they may refuse to submit to his Lordship, they cannot deny his power. Often, what should be a draw for others to follow the Lord–acts as a warning simply to not mess with his chosen ones. Natural folk simply cannot understand spiritual things. So, as in most areas of life, they fear that which they can’t control.

That, simply put, is why we are called to make disciples. When we can lead one that is afraid of what God is doing in our lives to allow God to lead them as well, then we are truly changing the world.

That is why we are called to be different. We follow God and he provides, protects and prepares us for heaven. As he does, we are perceived like Isaac was and the world has to come to terms with us and with the difference. They may not like it, but they can’t deny it. So, be different and watch God change the world through you.

God Bless you.

Meanwhile, Abimelek had come to him from Gerar, with Ahuzzath his personal adviser and Phicol the commander of his forces.

Isaac asked them, “Why have you come to me, since you were hostile to me and sent me away?”

They answered, “We saw clearly that the Lord was with you; so we said, ‘There ought to be a sworn agreement between us’—between us and you. Let us make a treaty with you

that you will do us no harm, just as we did not harm you but always treated you well and sent you away peacefully. And now you are blessed by the Lord.”

Isaac then made a feast for them, and they ate and drank.

Early the next morning the men swore an oath to each other. Then Isaac sent them on their way, and they went away peacefully.

That day Isaac’s servants came and told him about the well they had dug. They said, “We’ve found water!”

He called it Shibah, and to this day the name of the town has been Beersheba.

No Free Land–Genesis 23

Their are no free gifts from strangers. Abraham knew God was giving him and his lineage the land of Canaan. But before that was to be a reality, Sarah died. He needed a place to bury her. The MEN in Canaan were glad to give him land–but then Abraham would be in league with the people of the land not with God.

Abraham paid a fair price to bury his wife. The men of the land had nothing to hold over him. We as a people need that same separation in our lives. We can be in the world, but we need to stay separate. Not weird, not withdrawn, simply not indebted to the world or its many entrapments.

If we can only be indebted to God, then we are free to speak the truth about God to the World. We are not bound by fear or deed. Then we can be free to see God do amazing things while we are traveling through. Help me Lord to get free and stay that way, during this amazing journey.

God Bless You

The Hittites replied to Abraham,

Again Abraham bowed down before the people of the land

and he said to Ephron in their hearing, “Listen to me, if you will. I will pay the price of the field. Accept it from me so I can bury my dead there.”

Ephron answered Abraham,

“Listen to me, my lord; the land is worth four hundred shekels of silver, but what is that between you and me? Bury your dead.”

Abraham agreed to Ephron’s terms and weighed out for him the price he had named in the hearing of the Hittites: four hundred shekels of silver, according to the weight current among the merchants.

So Ephron’s field in Machpelah near Mamre—both the field and the cave in it, and all the trees within the borders of the field—was deeded

to Abraham as his property in the presence of all the Hittites who had come to the gate of the city.

The Power of Unity–2 Samuel 5 part 2

Once David was confirmed by the people as King, he was free to do what God called him to do—Unite Israel and reclaim the Land.  And so he did.  David began the task of clearing out the enemies of Israel that used the civil war to encroach and occupy the land.  When he achieved unity among his own people, the rest of the world could see he was unstoppable.

In our lives, the same is true.  We must clear our lives of the things that separate us from God.  Sin and discord within the church are some of the greatest barriers. Once we clear those barriers, we are free to do the task God has given us.  And as we do, we then are blessed and God is honored in our lives.  The bible is clear that we will be blessed when we are submitted and unified as a church.  If we carry bitterness, it will affect our ability to glorify God and complete the mission he has for us.  Please father check my heart and help me to  be single minded in honoring you

God Bless You

David then led his men to Jerusalem to fight against the Jebusites, the original inhabitants of the land who were living there. The Jebusites taunted David, saying, “You’ll never get in here! Even the blind and lame could keep you out!” For the Jebusites thought they were safe. But David captured the fortress of Zion, which is now called the City of David.

On the day of the attack, David said to his troops, “I hate those ‘lame’ and ‘blind’ Jebusites.[b] Whoever attacks them should strike by going into the city through the water tunnel.[c]” That is the origin of the saying, “The blind and the lame may not enter the house.”[d]

So David made the fortress his home, and he called it the City of David. He extended the city, starting at the supporting terraces[e] and working inward. 10 And David became more and more powerful, because the Lord God of Heaven’s Armies was with him.

11 Then King Hiram of Tyre sent messengers to David, along with cedar timber and carpenters and stonemasons, and they built David a palace. 12 And David realized that the Lord had confirmed him as king over Israel and had blessed his kingdom for the sake of his people Israel.

I Samuel 2 part 3–The Life of an Ambassador

When we represent God as his ambassadors, we must live a life that is worthy of his name.  When we do not, it is apparent.  We not only ruin our names and reputation, but we put God’s credibility at issue.  As he becomes real in our lives, we no longer want to feed our sinful nature.  If we do, we must check our hearts and daily put those things we desire to control on the alter before him. Eli’s sons had no desire to serve God and as his priests—their sin affected the entire nation.  God will not tolerate his name being used to hurt others.

We must start each day—boldly seeking him and checking our hearts to be sure we are willing to be his ambassador. As we do, we must also realize our impact upon others. We live selflessly, and patiently following the path he has set before us.  As we do we will grow in favor with Him and with those we do life with.

God Bless You

22 Now Eli was very old, but he was aware of what his sons were doing to the people of Israel. He knew, for instance, that his sons were seducing the young women who assisted at the entrance of the Tabernacle.[f] 23 Eli said to them, “I have been hearing reports from all the people about the wicked things you are doing. Why do you keep sinning? 24 You must stop, my sons! The reports I hear among the Lord’s people are not good. 25 If someone sins against another person, God[g] can mediate for the guilty party. But if someone sins against the Lord, who can intercede?” But Eli’s sons wouldn’t listen to their father, for the Lord was already planning to put them to death.

26 Meanwhile, the boy Samuel grew taller and grew in favor with the Lord and with the people.

Ruth 2 Part 1–Gleaning God’s Best

wheat-field-wallpapers_13409_2560x1600Ruth had no idea what God had in mind.  She left her family and returned to Bethlehem with Naomi—her dead husband’s mom.  She committed not only to follow Naomi, but also to follow the Lord.   Job one was to provide for Naomi.  She decided to do the only thing she could—pick up the left over wheat—Gleaning the field.  She had no plans except to trust God to provide.  She ended up in a field owned by Boaz.  Boaz admired Ruth for her care of Naomi and her work ethic.  The result was that he allowed Ruth free reign in gathering what she needed to survive and even made it pleasant for her.  Her faithfulness was rewarded.

God watches as we fill our days.  He sees our selfless nature and work ethic and seeks, like Boaz, to meet our needs.  Ruth was not serving to earn Boaz blessing; nor—are we performing to earn God’s favor.  The simple fact is that we love to bless those who are selfless, those that do everything in a manner that is worthy of the gospel.  So does our Father take joy in the blessing of his kids that model that character.  As we endeavor to become like Christ, we “Glean” many of his blessings he wants for us.  Help me, Lord to glean the fruits of your spirit and the blessings of your hand.

God Bless You

22 So Naomi returned from Moab accompanied by Ruth the Moabite, her daughter-in-law, arriving in Bethlehem as the barley harvest was beginning.  Now Naomi had a relative on her husband’s side, a man of standing from the clan of Elimelek, whose name was Boaz.And Ruth the Moabite said to Naomi, “Let me go to the fields and pick up the leftover grain behind anyone in whose eyes I find favor.”

Naomi said to her, “Go ahead, my daughter.” So she went out, entered a field and began to glean behind the harvesters. As it turned out, she was working in a field belonging to Boaz, who was from the clan of Elimelek.Just then Boaz arrived from Bethlehem and greeted the harvesters, “The Lord be with you!” “The Lord bless you!” they answered.

Boaz asked the overseer of his harvesters, “Who does that young woman belong to?”

The overseer replied, “She is the Moabite who came back from Moab with Naomi. She said, ‘Please let me glean and gather among the sheaves behind the harvesters.’ She came into the field and has remained here from morning till now, except for a short rest in the shelter.”