Song of the Week
Song: Oh How We Love You by United Pursuit (feat. Will Reagan)
As the Word of God is a living text, people have different ways of interpreting these texts. So, feel free to share your thoughts and opinions down in the comments below! Remember to like and share on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter!
Wouldn’t you want God to give you the practical steps to life?
I for one am all for it! If God, from Heaven, tossed down a 30-day plan for the next 30 days of my life to get my miracle, I would follow it to the dot. Wouldn’t you?
- 7:02am – Wake Up
- 7::13am – Pray for 30 minutes about:
- Your dog, Chicago
- Your family’s health
- Job prospects
- 7:43am – Walk to the bathroom in 1 minute
- 7:44am – Wash your face
- 7:45am – Brush your teeth
You get the point!
Instead, we do have a practical guide from God. One that is so much simpler than this complex list of things:
“‘Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?’ And Jesus replied to him, ‘ “YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, AND WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND.” This is the first and greatest commandment. The second is like it, “YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF [that is, unselfishly seek the best or higher good for others].” The whole Law and the [writings of the] Prophets depend on these two commandments.’”
– Matthew 22:36-40 AMP
Simply put it, love.
Love the Lord your God with all of your heart, with all of your soul, and with all of your strength.
Love your neighbor as yourself.
Isn’t it wonderful that our God’s love Is abounding? That all we need to do for a better life is love?
Also, if God were to give us a detailed 1,000 step guide to achieving the dream he gave us, we would have gotten it by the wrong means. Have you seen that math meme?
Yeah, it’s just like that.
We can never achieve a God-given dream without God.
Back to Joshua 1, after God tells Joshua what He is going to do, He then tells Joshua what to do.
“‘Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go. Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.’”
Joshua 1:7-9 NIV
Joshua was blessed to have received a practical guide from God on what to do.
It was not entirely practical and straight to the point… But it’s better than nothing!
According to scholars, they only have the first 5 books of the Bible called the Torah: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy.
I mean, they have even less text to mull over than what we have now. We have 61 more books to deliberate over, WHAT’S YOUR EXCUSE?
I’m kidding! Haha… Please don’t leave.
Breaking down what God told Joshua, I think it’s safe to say you know what obey means. But why do you need to be careful?
Is it treacherous to obey these laws? Will I die if I don’t?
It may as well have been for the Israelites then. Some of the laws in Leviticus were actually to protect Israel from themselves, like dysentery.
Take a look at Leviticus 15:13:
‘Now when the man with the discharge becomes cleansed from his discharge, then he shall count off for himself seven days for his cleansing; he shall then wash his clothes and bathe his body in running water and will become clean.
– Leviticus 15:13 NASB
You get the idea.
But what I’m trying to emphasize is the complete law of that Jesus perfectly summarized in Matthew 22:36-40 I quoted earlier on.
Okay, back to the question, why do you need to be careful?
It’s because it’s hard. It’s so hard to constantly fix your eyes on God. And God knew that.
How to Stay Focused on God: Old Testament Style! – Keeping It on Your Lips
Did you know that if God had your focus, He can work wonders?
Wonders far greater than anything you can imagine; more fantastical than a 2 headed leprechaun riding an 8 legged fish down rainbow road.
By keeping the Book of the Law always on your lips and meditating on it day and night, you set your mind to becoming the embodiment of love.
As Pastor Steven Furtick mentions in his sermon Talk Yourself Into It, the Hebrew word for meditate is “hagah” which means to mutter.
Muttering is a great way to stay focused on God on a daily basis. It keeps your mind from wandering too far off course. It takes over your entire brain, especially if you are reciting from memory.
The Lord also told Joshua “do not turn from it to the right or to the left”.
What does that mean?
The only time you would turn from something you’re focusing on is when there is something distracting you.
There are 2 types of distractions: internal and external.
External distractions can be the vices of the world. But more covertly are those things that do not seem “bad” at a first glance, like a chaste kiss or the thrill of good music.
It’s simple to get down on a sick beat and there’s nothing wrong with it! But when your love of secular music gets in the way of your worship, something is wrong.
Internal distractions are much more complex than external ones.
They are things that are not Godly. Things that do not agree with Jesus’s Laws of Love. Things like:
Don’t let these distractions keep you from God!
Walking around the walls of Jericho, parting the Jordon River, and all the other miracles Joshua performed stemmed from a place of reverence and love for God.
Alongside that, Joshua was a man after God’s own heart. He cared for all of God’s people. He served when he was the leader of all of Israel at that time.
As it is simply summed up in Matthew 22:36-40, Joshua loved (Agape).
Call to Action
Memorize the Scripture
I urge you to find a few verses, chapters, and even books in your heart. Memorize them thoroughly in your preferred version of the Bible. Mine’s the Amplified Bible if you’re keen to know.
It’s so important to keep some verses in your memory. You never know when you’re too weak to pick up a Bible or your phone, and all you can do is call out to God for help.
Knowing the Extent of Your Secular Identity
Know who to be around and who not to be around. I think the latter is more important. It’s much easier to be convinced to do something that doesn’t agree with your morals when you’re surrounded by many bad influences as compared to being with a few good people.
Look deep in your heart. Sit in silence for 30 minutes before you go to bed, completely alone, just you and God. Allow God to show you any spite and unforgiveness you may be subconsciously harboring.
And like Jesus, forgive them.
God bless you, and meditate on the Bible!
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