Crossing The Jordan River (Part 4)

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Crossing The Jordan River (Part 4)  

Today’s bible reading:

Joshua Chapter 13  – Rules for Victorious Living

Joshua Chapter 14  – Caleb: A Man Willing to Fight

Joshua Chapter 15  – Fulfilling Our Obligations

Joshua Chapter 16  – Fulfilling Our Obligations

Joshua Chapter 17  – Escaping From Fear’s Grip

Joshua Chapter 18  – Dividing the Inheritance

Joshua Chapter 19  – Dividing the Inheritance

Welcome to the Crossing of the Jordan river devotional series. In this 5 part series we will talk about the steps that the children of Israel took to exit the wilderness of sin. Join us as we learn how they crossed the Jordan river.

Today, I want to briefly breakdown and the outline of the book of Joshua. 

III. FINISHING THE TASK 

Joshua 13-24

Dividing the Land

A. In Joshua chapter 13, we read the very first scriptures Joshua 13:1 “Now Joshua was old and stricken in years; and the Lord said unto him, Thou art old and stricken in years, and there remaineth yet very much land to be possessed.” God had told Joshua, in so many words, that even though you’re older I still have need of you to work for me. 

In our lives we see people throwing in the towel when they reach the retirement age but there remaineth yet very much land to possessed. I wonder if God speaks to you about going out to possess the land and the inhabitants of that land? Too often people want to try to possess a land but they aren’t hearing the voice of The Lord telling them to go fourth. Are you being told to go fourth and conquer or are you trying to do it in your own power?

B. In Joshua 14, we see that the land was divided and the people of God received their land however a strange thing happened. Joseph, divides his inheritance to his two sons Manasseh and Ephraim while Levi was not given an Inheritance. The Levites were granted cities in the tribes. I’m not sure why Moses divided up this way, before he died, but it is a very peculiar behavior. 

It sometimes seems like when God moves and we look around at others, they have nice things and all the tangible items. Then we look at out lives and see that we aren’t as blessed like they are and that we have nothing. That’s very depressing isn’t it? However, the Levites were the only ones authorized to remain in the presence of The Living God continually. They had the ability to see the power of God and miracles daily. We have to remember that just because God blessed someone else with a skill or talent that does mean that your are any less special to Him. It’s just that God will have an all the more better skill and purpose for you. Too often, we spend more time looking at what others have and not attempting to get close to Him so that He can use us as we are. That’s like looking into a mirror and wanting to seeing someone else’s reflection. It’s not logical. Allow God to use you as you are and not as someone else has been made. 

In your life today, don’t be tempted to envy someone else’s gift, talent or ability. God made us all different and with very different abilities. God also made you with the ability to reach a specific type of people and personalities. Envying the gifts of others will only make you neglect the gifts inside of you already. In tomorrow’s devotional we will complete the Jordan series and learn the last lesson Joshua was used to teach the Hebrews. Join us again as we address real life issues with biblical answers on Worship With Willie. 

 

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