He came, He saw, He conquered!

Sin no longer has any power over those who put their trust in Jesus! He came that we might have life and life to the full. He came and demonstrated that though we are tempted, we don’t need to sin. He came gave His life that we may be saved for He is the ultimate sacrifice, once for all. He rose from the dead and conquered the grave, taking the keys to hell so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish, but have everlasting life!

Today’s reading starts in the book of Mark…

The Preaching of John the Baptist

(Matthew 3.1-12; Luke 3.1-18; John 1.19-28)
1This is the Good News about Jesus Christ, the Son of God.
2It began as the prophet Isaiah had written:
“God said, ‘I will send my messenger ahead of you
to open the way for you.’
3Someone is shouting in the desert,
‘Get the road ready for the Lord;
make a straight path for him to travel!’”
4So John appeared in the desert, baptizing and preaching. “Turn away from your sins and be baptized,” he told the people, “and God will forgive your sins.” 5Many people from the province of Judea and the city of Jerusalem went out to hear John. They confessed their sins, and he baptized them in the Jordan River.
6John wore clothes made of camel’s hair, with a leather belt around his waist, and his food was locusts and wild honey. 7He announced to the people, “The man who will come after me is much greater than I am. I am not good enough even to bend down and untie his sandals. 8I baptize you with water, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”
~from Mark 1

And continues into the book of 1 Corinthians…We are called to follow Jesus. We are called to be His people. We are His body as the church to this world around us. So let’s live that way so that people will see us and praise our Father in heave! May we live in alignment with Him so that our lives will be filled with grace and peace! Let’s come together in unity! Let’s work and live that we will be united as the body of Christ lifting up God and bring people into His presence.

Blessings in Christ

4I always give thanks to my God for you because of the grace he has given you through Christ Jesus. 5For in union with Christ you have become rich in all things, including all speech and all knowledge. 6The message about Christ has become so firmly established in you 7that you have not failed to receive a single blessing, as you wait for our Lord Jesus Christ to be revealed. 8He will also keep you firm to the end, so that you will be faultless on the Day of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9God is to be trusted, the God who called you to have fellowship with his Son Jesus Christ, our Lord.

Divisions in the Church

10By the authority of our Lord Jesus Christ I appeal to all of you, my friends, to agree in what you say, so that there will be no divisions among you. Be completely united, with only one thought and one purpose. 11For some people from Chloe’s family have told me quite plainly, my friends, that there are quarrels among you. 12Let me put it this way: each one of you says something different. One says, “I follow Paul”; another, “I follow Apollos”; another, “I follow Peter”; and another, “I follow Christ.” 13Christ has been divided into groups! Was it Paul who died on the cross for you? Were you baptized as Paul’s disciples?
14I thank God that I did not baptize any of you except Crispus and Gaius. 15No one can say, then, that you were baptized as my disciples. ( 16Oh yes, I also baptized Stephanas and his family; but I can’t remember whether I baptized anyone else.) 17Christ did not send me to baptize. He sent me to tell the Good News, and to tell it without using the language of human wisdom, in order to make sure that Christ’s death on the cross is not robbed of its power.
~from 1 Corinthians 1 (GNT)

Pray for those in leadership over us! Pray for those God has put in authority over us!

A Prayer for the King

1Teach the king to judge with your righteousness, O God;
share with him your own justice,
2so that he will rule over your people with justice
and govern the oppressed with righteousness.
3May the land enjoy prosperity;
may it experience righteousness.
4May the king judge the poor fairly;
may he help the needy
and defeat their oppressors.
5May your people worship you as long as the sun shines,
as long as the moon gives light, for ages to come.
6May the king be like rain on the fields,
like showers falling on the land.
7May righteousness flourish in his lifetime,
and may prosperity last as long as the moon gives light.
8 His kingdom will reach from sea to sea,
from the Euphrates to the ends of the earth.
9The peoples of the desert will bow down before him;
his enemies will throw themselves to the ground.
10The kings of Spain and of the islands will offer him gifts;
the kings of Sheba and Seba
and Seba was on the opposite side of the Red Sea. will bring him offerings.
11All kings will bow down before him;
all nations will serve him.
12He rescues the poor who call to him,
and those who are needy and neglected.
13He has pity on the weak and poor;
he saves the lives of those in need.
14He rescues them from oppression and violence;
their lives are precious to him.
15Long live the king!
May he be given gold from Sheba;
may prayers be said for him at all times;
may God’s blessings be on him always!
16May there be plenty of grain in the land;
may the hills be covered with crops,
as fruitful as those of Lebanon.
May the cities be filled with people,
like fields full of grass.
17May the king’s name never be forgotten;
may his fame last as long as the sun.
May all nations ask God to bless them
as he has blessed the king
18Praise the Lord, the God of Israel!
He alone does these wonderful things.
19Praise his glorious name forever!
May his glory fill the whole world.
Amen! Amen!
20This is the end of the prayers of David son of Jesse.
~from Psalm 72

We need to consider how we got to this position. We need to reflect on all that God has done for us to be able even be living here and having the opportunities before us. We need to remember the responsibilities God has given us so that we may accomplish all that He has called us to accomplish. Let’s posess the land!

Be determined! Be confident! Be bold! Be courageous! Walk in obedience to God! See what He can and will do in and through your life! Study God’s Word day and night! Be obedient to God’s Word! Be prospserous and successful because you are walking in alignment with God’s Word! Do not be afraid or discouraged for God will be with you! Let’s get ready to complete the work God has for us to do!

God Commands Joshua to Conquer Canaan

1After the death of the Lord‘s servant Moses, the Lord spoke to Moses’ helper, Joshua son of Nun. 2He said, “My servant Moses is dead. Get ready now, you and all the people of Israel, and cross the Jordan River into the land that I am giving them. 3As I told Moses, I have given you and all my people the entire land that you will be marching over. 4Your borders will reach from the desert in the south to the Lebanon Mountains in the north; from the great Euphrates River in the east, through the Hittite country, to the Mediterranean Sea in the west. 5Joshua, no one will be able to defeat you as long as you live. I will be with you as I was with Moses. I will always be with you; I will never abandon you. 6Be determined and confident, for you will be the leader of these people as they occupy this land which I promised their ancestors. 7Just be determined, be confident; and make sure that you obey the whole Law that my servant Moses gave you. Do not neglect any part of it and you will succeed wherever you go. 8Be sure that the book of the Law is always read in your worship. Study it day and night, and make sure that you obey everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. 9Remember that I have commanded you to be determined and confident! Do not be afraid or discouraged, for I, the Lord your God, am with you wherever you go.”

Joshua Gives Orders to the People

10Then Joshua ordered the leaders to 11go through the camp and say to the people, “Get some food ready, because in three days you are going to cross the Jordan River to occupy the land that the Lord your God is giving you.”
12 Joshua said to the tribes of Reuben and Gad and to half the tribe of Manasseh, 13“Remember how the Lord‘s servant Moses told you that the Lord your God would give you this land on the east side of the Jordan as your home. 14Your wives, your children, and your livestock will stay here, but your soldiers, armed for battle, will cross over ahead of the other Israelites in order to help them 15until they have occupied the land west of the Jordan that the Lord your God has given them. When he has given safety to all the tribes of Israel, then you may come back and settle here in your own land east of the Jordan, which Moses, the Lord‘s servant, gave to you.”
16They answered Joshua, “We will do everything you have told us and will go anywhere you send us. 17We will obey you, just as we always obeyed Moses, and may the Lord your God be with you as he was with Moses! 18Whoever questions your authority or disobeys any of your orders will be put to death. Be determined and confident!”
~from Joshua 1 (GNT)

God can even use the words of your foe to encourage you! He wants you to know that He has your back if you will walk in obedience to Him! So will you go His way? Will you walk in His plans and His purposes? Be Bold and Courageous! Be Determined and Confident!

Joshua Sends Spies into Jericho

1 Then Joshua sent two spies from the camp at Acacia with orders to go and secretly explore the land of Canaan, especially the city of Jericho. When they came to the city, they went to spend the night in the house of a prostitute named Rahab. 2The king of Jericho heard that some Israelites had come that night to spy out the country, 3so he sent word to Rahab: “The men in your house have come to spy out the whole country! Bring them out!”
4-6“Some men did come to my house,” she answered, “but I don’t know where they were from. They left at sundown before the city gate was closed. I didn’t find out where they were going, but if you start after them quickly, you can catch them.” (Now Rahab had taken the two spies up on the roof and hidden them under some stalks of flax that she had put there.) 7The king’s men left the city, and then the gate was shut. They went looking for the Israelite spies as far as the place where the road crosses the Jordan.
8Before the spies settled down for the night, Rahab went up on the roof 9and said to them, “I know that the Lord has given you this land. Everyone in the country is terrified of you. 10We have heard how the Lord dried up the Red Sea in front of you when you were leaving Egypt. We have also heard how you killed Sihon and Og, the two Amorite kings east of the Jordan. 11We were afraid as soon as we heard about it; we have all lost our courage because of you. The Lord your God is God in heaven above and here on earth. 12Now swear by him that you will treat my family as kindly as I have treated you, and give me some sign that I can trust you. 13Promise me that you will save my father and mother, my brothers and sisters, and all their families! Don’t let us be killed!”
14The men said to her, “May God take our lives if we don’t do as we say! If you do not tell anyone what we have been doing, we promise you that when the Lord gives us this land, we will treat you well.”
15Rahab lived in a house built into the city wall, so she let the men down from the window by a rope. 16“Go into the hill country,” she said, “or the king’s men will find you. Hide there for three days until they come back. After that, you can go on your way.”
17The men said to her, “We will keep the promise that you have made us give. 18This is what you must do. When we invade your land, tie this red cord to the window you let us down from. Get your father and mother, your brothers, and all your father’s family together in your house. 19If anyone goes out of the house, his death will be his own fault, and we will not be responsible; but if anyone in the house with you is harmed, then we will be responsible. 20However, if you tell anyone what we have been doing, then we will not have to keep our promise which you have made us give you.” 21She agreed and sent them away. When they had gone, she tied the red cord to the window.
22The spies went into the hills and hid. The king’s men looked for them all over the countryside for three days, but they did not find them, so they returned to Jericho. 23Then the two spies came down from the hills, crossed the river, and went back to Joshua. They told him everything that had happened, 24and then said, “We are sure that the Lord has given us the whole country. All the people there are terrified of us.”
~from Joshua 2 (GNT)

No go and tell your team that they have nothing to fear! Tell them the words that were spoken to you and of you and how God has prepared in advacne what He is planning for you to do and accomplish completely!

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