The journey has taken me through the first six chapters of the book of Joshua. God chose Joshua to take over from Moses as the one responsible for leading the Israelites into the Promised Land. It seemed like an impossible challenge but with God, all things are possible and we can be all that God made us to be.
The first six chapters have inspired the following poem:
All You Can Be
Learn the playbook
To a successful day
By working to improve
In following the Way.
Use past experiences
To where life has lead
And current instructions
As you step ahead.
You will be unstoppable
As a key player on His team;
Making the impossible happen
From what used to be a dream.
You will do amazing things
Because God is with you.
He will clear the path
And get you through.
He will protect
And watch from above.
Bringing inner peace
And so much love.
In any battle faced in life;
Be it anxieties, trouble
Or worries about the future,
He can turn it into rubble.
So look at any challenge
Squarely in the eye.
Believe that God is bigger,
And tell it “goodbye”.
Success is in having a plan
And prayer is the key.
He will give you the upper hand
To be all that you can be.
By Mark Shields – © 02-23-2017
The reading plan below will be used as I share over the next few posts. It’s important to have a plan. I’m thankful that Jesus is God’s plan for us and by accepting Him as Savior; we have taken the steps necessary to make this day with Him amazing! At this link: God’s Plan for Us is a post about accepting God’s plan or reaffirming our “YES” for Christ.
What does Joshua do in the face of failure? What is the reason for Israel’s defeat? Who can we turn to when life falls apart?
What is the plan in this second attack on Ai? Where does Joshua get his strategy? What is the reason for Israel’s victory?
Why do the Gibeonites devise their plan of deception? Why are the leaders of Israel fooled by them? What can you do to avoid this kind of mistake?
How is the Ammonites’ reaction to the invading Israelites different from the Gibeonites’? How does Joshua use this situation as a basis for engendering future trust in God? In what ways is God’s presence and power in your life today related to your future situations?
How is Israel’s conquest of the north similar to its southern campaign in chapter 10 (locate the lands on a map)? What is God’s part and what is the Israelites part in the victory? What does this indicate about God’s relation to the movement of history?
Feel free to respond with a short note or a comment about any of the questions above. Also, I welcome any other thoughts or ideas, favorite inspirational videos, photos, or favorite Bible verses. Just add them to the comments or to a Facebook page I’ve set up at this link: This Day With God.
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