VIDEO Every Single Word!

Deep in your hearts you know that every promise of the Lord your God has come true. Not a single one has failed! Joshua 23:14, NLT

Every book of the Bible has a distinctive and unique purpose. Many times you can find a key verse that drives this home. For example, the purpose of the book of Revelation is stated right at the beginning of the book: “To show His servants—things which must shortly take place” (Revelation 1:1).

In the book of Joshua, the underlying purpose and theme is stated near the end of the book in Joshua 23:14: And you know in all your hearts and in all your souls that not one thing has failed of all the good things which the Lord your God spoke concerning you. All have come to pass for you; not one word of them has failed.

How important! Whatever you’re facing today, God has filled His Word with promises. He made promises to ancient Israel about giving them a homeland, guiding them by His presence, providing their needs, and bringing them into the territory He had promised to Abraham and the patriarchs. Not one promise failed. Nor will God’s promises to you. You can trust Him with everything today.

I’ve trusted, and tested, and tried it, and I know God’s promise is true. Lelia N. Morris


Joshua 23-24 – Skip Heitzig

Frolicking in Freedom

You will go out and frolic like well-fed calves. Malachi 4:2

A third-generation farmer, Jim was so moved when he read “You who revere my name . . . will go out and frolic like well-fed calves” (Malachi 4:2) that he prayed to receive Jesus’ offer of eternal life. Vividly recalling his own calves’ leaps of excitement after exiting their confined stalls at high speed, Jim finally understood God’s promise of true freedom.

Jim’s daughter told me this story because we’d been discussing the imagery in Malachi 4, where the prophet made a distinction between those who revered God’s name, or remained faithful to Him, and those who only trusted in themselves (4:1–2). The prophet was encouraging the Israelites to follow God at a time when so many, including the religious leaders, disregarded God and His standards for faithful living (1:12–14; 3:5–9). Malachi called the people to live faithfully because of a coming time when God would make the final distinction between these two groups. In this context, Malachi used the unexpected imagery of a frolicking calf to describe the unspeakable joy that the faithful group will experience when “the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its rays” (4:2).

Jesus is the ultimate fulfillment of this promise, bringing the good news that true freedom is available to all people (Luke 4:16–21). And one day, in God’s renewed and restored creation, we’ll experience this freedom fully. What indescribable joy it will be to frolic there!

By:  Lisa M. Samra

Reflect & Pray

How have you experienced freedom in Jesus? What other images help you to visualize joy?

Jesus, help me to live joyfully as I remember the freedom only You provide

Ministers of Comfort

Psalm 72:12-14

When you hear about a calamity, how do you respond? As believers, we should approach such situations with a selfless and compassionate attitude. True compassion not only tries to understand the pain of others but also provides practical help.

In times of disaster, remember that you and I have the privilege of touching anybody anywhere through prayer. No matter how far away victims might be, they can be comforted by God as He responds to your heartfelt cries. So as soon as word of a tragedy reaches you, start praying. Let the Holy Spirit guide you in petitioning for protection, provision, comfort, and awareness of His presence (Rom. 8:26).

Next, remember that donations (whether money or goods) and hands-on assistance are usually high priority. It is wise to team up with dependable relief organizations and consult trusted sources about what’s needed. In local situations, you can also provide words of comfort, a warm embrace, or simply a listening ear.

We should take care to notice others’ needs and to reach out with Christ’s love. Through these actions, the world will recognize the light of Jesus, who was anointed to bring good news to the afflicted, bind up the brokenhearted, and comfort all who mourn (Isa. 61:1-2).

The Meaning of Man

“When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained; What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him?” (Psalm 8:3-4)

This question has been posed as a rhetorical question by many generations of skeptics, especially in our present generation when the tremendous size of the universe is often used to argue that God, if He exists, could not possibly be interested in such a small speck of dust as our own planet.

But essentially the same argument was used against Job by one of his three “miserable comforters” (Job 16:2) over 3,500 years ago. “How then can man be justified with God?…that is a worm? and the son of man, which is a worm?” (Job 25:4, 6).This dismal type of reasoning, however, is utterly fallacious. Significance is not a function of size but of purposeful complexity, and the human brain is surely the most complex physical system in the entire universe, as acknowledged even by such an eminent atheistic scientist as Isaac Asimov. Rather than being insignificant nonentities, men and women have been created in the very image of God and are the objects of His redeeming love.

The most wonderful measure of man’s importance is the fact that God Himself became a man! “Christ Jesus…being in the form of God…took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men” (Philippians 2:5-7) to be able to take our death penalty upon Himself. Furthermore, God’s love for man is measured not only by His substitutionary death for our sins but also by His eternal creative purpose for us. He has redeemed us so that “in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus” (Ephesians 2:7). HMM

Promise To Praise

How can I repay the Lord all the good He has done for me? I will take the cup of salvation and worship the Lord. I will fulfill my vows to the Lord in the presence of all His people. In the sight of the Lord the death of His faithful ones is costly. Lord, I am indeed Your servant; I am Your servant, the son of Your female servant. You have loosened my bonds. I will offer You a sacrifice of thanksgiving and will worship the Lord. I will fulfill my vows to the Lord, in the very presence of all His people, in the courts of the Lord’s house—within you, Jerusalem. Hallelujah! (vv. 12-19).

How can I repay the Lord for all the good He has done for me?” This question asked by my ancient colleague rings true to me today. He answers with four “I wills.” First, I will pray. “I will take the cup of salvation and worship the Lord (v. 13). Second, I will praise the Lord publicly. “I will fulfill my vows to the Lord in the presence of all His people” (v. 14).Third, I will offer sacrifice. “I will offer You a sacrifice of thanksgiving” (v. 17). True worship doesn’t come cheap. The psalmist concludes by repeating, “I will fulfill my vows to the Lord in the very presence of all His people,” (v. 18) adding “in the courts of the Lord’s house—within you, Jerusalem” (v. 19).

He is overwhelmed that the Lord has delivered him from his miserable existence and from death. He is conscious of his servanthood and his sonship. He has become unshackled—freed from the confinement of his chains. He is filled with joy in the awareness that the Lord cares about the death of his saints (v. 15). God’s children are safe and secure even at this ultimate moment.

“How can I repay the Lord for all his goodness to me?” I can pray, praise, and offer my life as a living sacrifice. The only fitting conclusion is again, “Hallelujah! Praise the Lord!”

Personal Prayer

Thank you, Lord, that I can trust you to be with me and take care of me in life … and in death.

“Keep Your Eyes on the Tide”

Your people will volunteer on Your day of battle.—Psalm 110:3

Has God something bigger for us than we are at present seeing? I hope I have convinced you that He has! How can we be open to receiving it? It comes at the precise moment God appoints but it is carried down from heaven on the wings of fervent, believing prayer. Dr. A. T. Pierson said: “From the Day of Pentecost until now, there has not been one great spiritual awakening in any land which has not begun in a union of prayer though only among two or three, and no such outward or upward movement has continued after such prayer meetings have declined.” Revivals are born in prayer and sustained by prayer.

Just as there are signs concerning the second coming, so there are signs that the Lord is not far from reviving His whole church. In the early days of the Salvation Army in France, the eldest daughter of General Booth, known by her French rank as the “Marechale,” found herself at one point in an extremely discouraging situation. She wrote to General Booth asking for his advice, which came in these words: “Take your eyes off the waves and fix them on the tide.”

I give you now that same advice. Don’t let your eyes become focused on the waves, with their advances and retreats. Keep your eyes on the tide and ask yourself: Is it rising? If you look with the eye of faith I think you will see that it is. When it breaks I pray that it will not find us unprepared but that we shall be a people who are willing in the day of God’s power.

Prayer

Father, I don’t know whether I will live to see a worldwide revival, but I want to live to experience a personal revival. Take me on from this point to know You in a much greater way. In Christ’s name I ask it. Amen.

Further Study

Ezk 37:1-14; 2Kg 3:16-17; Isa 40:3-5; Rv 22:1

What was God’s message to Ezekiel?

What will you do to bring about revival?

Get on God’s Wavelength

Romans 8:16

The mosquito is best known as a pest, but if the sound of its wing beat is mechanically reproduced beside a planted kernel of corn, the kernel will grow to full ear in half the time the corn grows under optimal natural conditions. There is evidently a planned connection between the sudden emergence of buzzing hoards of insects each spring and the bursting forth of the vegetable kingdom in green glory.

A banana plantation in New South Wales, Australia, has discovered that bananas, too, grow bigger and better to music. To quote a portion of the news report, “It is giving results out of all proportion to the amount of fertilizer used.”

Sir James Jeans, the English mathematician, physicist and astronomer, wrote:

“Everything in the universe is in a state of vibration.” Some of the vibrations are causative. Other sounds are results, called sympathetic vibrations. If two pianos are tuned perfectly alike, strike any note on the one and its counterpart on the other piano will instantly vibrate, but all the others remain silent and still.

For bridges, sympathetic vibrations can be calamitous. The Narrows Bridge in Tacoma, Washington was built by an idealist who carried the beauty of his mathematics too far. He tuned the cables of the bridge, and a 30-mile-an-hour wind played the tune and ripped the bridge apart. Newspaper accounts called the bridge “Galloping Gertie.”

The Christian life is simply one of getting in step with God. It’s tuning up to His standards. His great causative voice that once burst the summit of Mt. Sinai into flame can catch any honest heart willing to vibrate to His truth and make it resonate in perfect harmony with His divine will.

If you are out of tune with God, you have not availed yourself of the power that can be released in your life once God tunes you up. “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! (2 Corinthians 5:17).

Get on God’s wavelength. “Anyone who believes in the Son of God has this testimony in his heart” (1 John 5:10). “The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children” (Romans 8:16).

Lyell M. Rader, Romance & Dynamite