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FOLLOWING ORDERS

 Joshua 11:23 “So Joshua took the whole land, according to all that the Lord had spoken to Moses, and Joshua gave it for an inheritance to Israel according to their divisions by their tribes. Thus the land had rest from war.”

PEACE

We don’t know exactly how long it took Joshua and the army to accomplish this task.  They fought a lot of battles.  We only have a record of one defeat, at Ai.  Pretty impressive.  In fact, the loss of life by the Israelites was minimal compared to the pagan nations. God had promised through Moses that they would have a “land flowing with milk and honey” if only they would obey him.  They did, and now they had the land.

Do you believe God when He gives you a promise?  Let me challenge you to google “promises of God” and claim them.  Now, I am not talking about “name it and claim it” or “blab it and grab it” theology.  I am simply pointing you to the promises of God through the Scriptures.  Just don’t forget – you have to keep your part.  You have to obey.

TEACHING MOMENT

 Promises!  Promises!  They can either build a relationship or tear it down.  Don’t let your children make silly promises that you know they can’t keep.  It is your responsibility as a parent to teach them this. The best way to teach them this is through God’s Word.  Show them the promises God made to His people and how He kept His promise.  Rash and silly promises do nothing to build character or reputation.

You can make some promises to them also which require some input from them.  This will model God’s promises to us which require our obedience.  Of course, the biggest promise God makes is salvation that requires us to surrender our life and heart to Him.  You can’t promise that, but you make other reasonable promises.  But you must keep the promise if they fulfill their end of the deal.  Remember, you are always teaching.

What are you NOT obeying right now, in regards to the promises God has made?  God wants to bless you.  Don’t let your disobedience be the reason He doesn’t.

God of all promises, I praise You for being the faithful keeper of Your Word.  Teach me through my obedience to rest in Your promises.  Help me show others the truth of Your Word.

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