Today’s Reading: Joshua 16-17
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Key Verse: Joshua 17:13
And it happened, when the children of Israel grew strong, that they put the Canaanites to forced labor, but did not utterly drive them out.
In the worship of their gods, the Canaanites followed evil practices such as killing their children and offering them as sacrifices. In their temples, as an act of worship, they committed fornication, adultery, pedophilia, and various perverted sexual acts. God knew, as history will prove to us over our readings of the next seven books, that such corruption would soon influence His people. The “forced labour” would soon become “spiritual and moral saboteurs!”
We may want to ask ourselves, “How are we being influenced by the culture in which we live?” Do we tolerate more easily practices that violate God’s laws for sexual behaviour? Does pedophilia produce a revulsion as it once did? Are we as horrified as we once were at the slaughter of the innocent little lives in abortion? Should these precious lives not have the protection of the state? Is there a general decline in personal and public moral standards? If we answer is “Yes,” then we are following the path of Israel. The stories of the moral decline of Israel every three or four generations should be a dire warning to us. Jesus repeated the words twice, “Except you repent, you shall all likewise perish” (Luke 13:3, 5).
PRAYER FOR TODAY:
Lord God, I repent for willingly tolerating moral rot in my generation. You are the Judge in the final analysis, and I must “hold the truth in love.” However, I pray that I will, by Your grace, hold Your standard for human behaviour high, loving people unconditionally, and hating the sin that Your Word declares will ultimately destroy the people You and I love! I weep as I pray for my 13 great-grandchildren in the face of the destruction of the values which sustained my parents in wars, financial collapse, and in family life. God, please help us to be loving and strong in our convictions on right and wrong. In Jesus’ Name I pray. Amen.
100 PERSONAL WORDS:
In some of the recent pictures my son David Reynold has taken for us, they show layer upon layer of City Centres which have been built and destroyed by wars. Of course the rebuilding did not occur until they had repented of taking on the sinful practices of the people around them. Someone said, “The one thing we learn from history is that we don’t learn from history.” I believe that in my own life I can prove that statement wrong. When I took a strong stand in support of the word “marriage” to be for man/woman unions only, the Lord clearly said to me, “David, don’t speak out on this issue unless you have the same attitude Abraham had toward Sodom.” Abraham prayed fervently for their protection. He risked his life for them in war. He introduced them to the King of Righteousness, Melchizedek, a man who represented God (Genesis 14). I cried out to God for Abraham’s attitude, and I believe I received this grace. It was a losing cause, but the struggle for God’s standards will not end until God says, “The End.”
Yours for God’s will to be done on earth as it is in Heaven,
Yours for God’s will to be done on earth as it is in Heaven, amen. Wishing peace and joy to all saints, today. For those needing prayer, we call out to our Lord Adonai, Prince of Peace, Elohim, and King of Kings for strength and intervention in all matters for which we cry. In Jesus’ mighty Name, we pray. Amen, amen and amen.
Then he said to me, “This is the word of the LORD to Zerubbabel: Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit, says the LORD of hosts.” Zechariah 4:6 ESV
Phillips, Craig & Dean – All is Well (Lyrics)
Thanks Beverlee – I love it when the lyrics are included & are legible. Singing along is great. The next praise song is wonderful also. It’s extremely cold (but sunny here today). Blessings all. Praying for the vaccines to arrive safely & soon.
Amen to your prayer Beverlee.
Enjoyed the song “All is well” thank you for sharing.
Dear Lord God, please forgive us of all our sinful attitudes, our selfishness and lack of love for others. We pray for those You put around us in ever-widening circles. Help us to be faithful to You, and may the Light of Your presence shine for all to see. Bless those around us, and draw them to You, Lord, we ask in Jesus’s name, amen
“May the Light of Your Presence shine for all to see.”
Yesterday’s pictures, of those magnificent caves, reminded me all day that ‘He is the Light’ and that ‘’He has called us out of darkness into His marvellous light.’’
David’s encouragement to read Isaiah 55:12 was so uplifting- felt -free, in Him….
Loved the Song- thx BK
Like the scripture and song you chose today Beverlee. God bless everyone.
Thank you Beverlee I needed that prayer. Also agreeing with it for others.
Blessings to all, Eleanor M.
Amen to the prayers and thanks for the song Beverlee
That was a beautiful prayer from your heart Rob.
It is good to search our hearts daily and be quit to repent when we grieve the Holy Spirit.
I prayed your prayer out loud and repeated your words to our faithful, loving and wonderful Heavenly Father.
Wishing and praying all of you saints have a blessed day and stay strong in your faith and keep healthy.