Suggested Reading: Joel 3
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Key Verses: Joel 3:14, 16b
Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision!
For the day of the Lord is near in the valley of decision.
…But the Lord will be a shelter for His people,
and the strength of the children of Israel.
The “decision” made concerning the multitudes gathered in the “valley of decision” is to judge the Gentile nations. In Joel 12:12, God says through Joel what will happen in the valley, “I will sit to judge all the surrounding nations.” To Israel, Jerusalem and Judah, God, the righteous Judge, whose decisions are always just, decides to give “shelter,” “strength,” “security,” “holiness,” “prosperity,” “a future,” and the Judge will “acquit” His people of all “bloodguilt!”
The nation state known as Israel was restored by the action of all the security counsel member countries of the United Nations, and almost unanimously by the entire membership of nation states represented there. This happening, unprecedented in the history of the world, took place just 66 years ago. Joel prophesies that “The Day of the Lord is near!” Joel tells us to watch for signs in the sky. What astronomers, and those who observe carefully see, will indicate God’s pending action. Jesus Christ, as the greatest Prophet, spoke of “signs in the sun, the moon, and the stars.” He said that when these things “begin to happen, look up and lift up your heads, because your redemption draws near!” (Read Luke 21:25-36).
PRAYER FOR TODAY:
Lord Jesus, in Your prophecy about the happenings just before Your “coming in a cloud with great power and glory,” I am to “take heed!” You warn us against carousing, drunkenness, and the “cares of this life!” (Luke 21:34). Help me, I pray, to hold lightly to the things of this earth, and to give my highest priority to the things of eternal value. In Your Name, Lord Jesus, I pray. Amen!!!
100 PERSONAL WORDS:
My son Ron, who formats this blog for me every day, carries a heavy responsibility in the Crossroads Family of Ministries. This week and next, he is asking on TV for pledges in the annual Spring Membership campaign. I’m asking all of us to help carry the heavy load of much-needed financial support. I’ve asked Ron the take as much space as he needs here on the blog to challenge us to faithful sacrificial giving. Here’s Ron…
Hello my blog friends!
Today marks day 4 of 10 days of special programming on the theme “Stand Strong: Never Give Up!” No matter what kind of challenges you may be facing, with God’s help and strength you are an overcomer! Our programs this week and next include some powerful testimonies from people who, because of their faith in Jesus, have come through some very difficult times with His victory.
One of those people is Steven K. Scott, who was transformed from failure to freedom in every area of his life, and he credits the power of God’s written Word, which he applied to his life. He’s a best-selling author, but his book we’re featuring has a different Author’s name on it…JESUS! Steven has compiled all the words of Jesus and organized them into over 200 topics. It’s called, “The Greatest Words Ever Spoken.” Here is one of our interviews with Steven as he talks about this tremendous resource.
Jesus Himself said, “The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life” (John 6:63b). At Crossroads, we are all about spreading words of LIFE and HOPE found in a relationship with Jesus and in following His words. By the way, this book is for you as a way to thank you for your support, especially during these 10 days. This time is also our Spring Membership Opportunity, which is a very important time of year where we simply share the need and give you the opportunity to help out. Through your support, you are enabling us to continue strongly in sharing the HOPE there is in Jesus to “Stand Strong” in life. You can call 1-888-288-0003 or give online HERE…and remember to request the book “The Greatest Words Ever Spoken.” Thanks so much!