JOSHUA is now aged .. His words to lsrael reveals the concern of his 💓 Heart.
For some years now, Israel had been waiting for the rest and plenty of Canaan.
BUT WHAT OF THE FUTURE?
It all depended upon whether Israel would be faithful to God.
Joshua felt apprehensive .. as in his parting words he refers to the idolatrous nations still left in Canaan.
He knew the snare they would be to lsrael and prescribed three safe-guards for their own protection.
(1) There must be a brave adherence to God’s Word.
(2) They must viligently continue to separate themselves from from all Canaanite idolatrous practices and lifestyle.
(3) They must cleave unto the Lord .. with a real fervant love.
This is the same for us today ..
To receive the fullness of His blessing ..
You must be living close to God, by reading the Word of God and be totally obedient to it.
We must constantly separate ourselves from all worldly influences. Roms 12:1,2.
Also we MUST as Jesus said …”LOVE THE LORD WITH ‘ALL’ OUR HEART SOUL AND MIND.”
In the words of I JOHN3 He states ..
“HIS COMMANDMENTS ARE NOT GREVIOUS.”
You will find the spiritual blessing of ..
PEACE AND JOY IN THE HOLY SPIRIT .. AND THE TREASURE THAT THE WORLD CANNOT GIVE .. NOR CAN IT BE TAKEN AWAY!
IN CHRIST, YOU ARE ‘TOTALLY BLESSED’!!
CONTINUE your journey .. through FAITH and OBEDIENCE.
You will live your life in YOUR PROMISED LAND .. AND FEEL SECURE IN HIS LOVE AND PROVISION FOR YOU!
THEN HE CAN POUR OUT HIS GOODNESS UPON YOU AND BLESS YOU! (GOD’S favour and protection)
“The Lord had given to Israel all the land He had sworn to give their ancestors, and they took possession of it and settled there.”
“And the Lord gave them rest on every side,
just as He had promised their ancestors.
None of their enemies could stand against them, for the Lord helped them to conquer all their foes.” Joshua 21: 43-44.
This was a rest not only from their labours and their wandering, but a rest in sense that the people could Iive in peace without fear of attack from their enemies.
But God also had a special REST on His mind .. that’s still yet to come.
See Hebrews 4:8,9.
This rest is found in Jesus Christ, the greater Joshua, who has achieved the victory in His life and in his death, so we can rest in His finished work of Salvation.
Then we are ushered into the presence of Almighty God in our literal, Land of Promise which is, magnificent in splendour and we will be safe from all our enemies. (Satan and his hordes)
GLORY TO GOD!!
In the final chapter of the book of Joshua we read that Joshua the son of Nun, the loyal and faithful servant of the Lord, died at the age of 110 and was buried in the Promised Land.
The great legacy he left was a reminder that Israel must listen and obey God’s words spoken unto them. He said..
I TOOK …. I GAVE …. I SENT …. I BROUGHT.
See verses 3-13. He was the One who had initiated the journey through Abraham and his sons, through Moses and Joshua.
Now, in our time, all things are under the LORDSHIP OF CHRIST!
So we must be…
Obedient to His Word.
Spread the Gospel of Grace.
Be Spirit led.
Live as Christ would live.
Looking to His coming again.
To be counted worthy of our calling.
“LORD WE SURRENDER OUR ALL TO HIM.”