God is faithful! He will keep His Word!

If He calls you to it, He will help you through it! If He makes a promise to you, He will keep it! You can put all your hope and trust in Him! Be it with messages of getting out the boat and leaving what you’ve known for 19 years to step out in faith to do whatever it is He is calling you out to, He is faithful! Be it with messages of stepping up into a role that you feel is bigger than you and feel unprepared for, He is faithful! Whatever He calls you to, He will get you through! Don’t allow the lies of the enemy to hold you back from the promises of God! Don’t allow the fears and the doubt from self keep you from stepping up or stepping out into what God is calling you to do, you don’t want to miss the incredible miracles and promises He has in store for you! When you step out in faith, He will bring the right position at the right time – even when I was 95% sure where I was going, He showed up and now I have been in my new role at a new company for just over 3 yrs. When He calls you to step up, He knows the right place and the right time for the right purpose – He helped me with the staff, with hiring someone in my normal job would have been a higher rank to me and hiring the right person for the right time by having provided me with  name. He called me to it so I trust Him and called to Him to provide me with help to make big decisions from hiring director, adjusting insurance, and balancing the budget. God is good! God is faithful! And He keeps His Word!

So let’s take a look into today’s reading…

Towns for the Levites

1Then the heads of ancestral houses of the Levites approached Eleazar the kohen and Joshua son of Nun and the heads of ancestral houses of the tribes of Bnei-Yisrael, 2and they spoke to them at Shiloh in the land of Canaan saying: “Adonai commanded through Moses to give us towns to live in, with their pastures for our cattle.” 3So Bnei-Yisrael gave to the Levites from their inheritance, according to the command of Adonai, these towns and their pastures: 4the lot came out for the clan of the Kohathites. The children of Aaron the kohen, who were of the Levites, received 13 towns by lot from the tribe of Judah, the tribe of Simeon and the tribe of Benjamin. 5The rest of the children of Kohath received 10 towns by lot from the clans of the tribe of Ephraim, the tribe of Dan and the half-tribe of Manasseh. 6The children of Gershon received 13 towns by lot from the clans of the tribe of Issachar, the tribe of Asher, the tribe of Naphtali and the half-tribe of Manasseh in Bashan. 7The children of Merari according to their clans received 12 towns from the tribe of Reuben, the tribe of Gad and the tribe of Zebulun. 8So Bnei-Yisrael gave by lot to the Levites these towns with their pastures, as Adonai had commanded through Moses. 9They gave from the tribe of the children of Judah and from the tribe of the children of Simeon these towns which are here mentioned by name. 10They were for the children of Aaron, of the clans of the Kohathites, of the children of Levi, for theirs was the first lot: 11So they gave them Kiriath-arba, the father of Anak (that is, Hebron) in the hill country of Judah, with its surrounding pastures. 12But the fields of the city and its villages they had already given to Caleb son of Jephunneh as his possession. 13But to the children of Aaron the kohen they assigned Hebron (the city of refuge for the manslayer) with its pastures, Libnah with its pastures, 14Jattir with its pastures, Eshtemoa with its pastures, 15Holon with its pastures, Debir with its pastures, 16Ain with its pastures, Juttah with its pastures and Beth-shemesh with its pastures—9 towns from these two tribes. 17Then from the tribe of Benjamin: Gibeon with its pastures, Geba with its pastures, 18Anathoth with its pastures and Almon with its pastures—4 towns. 19All the towns of the kohanim, the children of Aaron, were 13 towns with their pastures. 20As for the other clans of the children of Kohath, the remaining Levites descended from the children of Kohath, the towns of their lot were from the tribe of Ephraim. 21So they gave them Shechem (the city of refuge for the manslayer) with its pastures in the hill country of Ephraim, Gezer with its pastures, 22Kibzaim with its pastures and Beth-horon with its pastures—4 towns. 23From the tribe of Dan: Elteke with its pastures, Gibbethon with its pastures, 24Aijalon with its pastures and Gath-rimmon with its pastures—4 towns. 25From the half-tribe of Manasseh: Taanach with its pastures and Gath-rimmon with its pastures— 2 towns. 26All the towns of the clans of the rest of the children of Kohath were 10 with their pastures. 27Now to the children of Gershon of the clans of the Levites: from the half-tribe of Manasseh they gave Golan (the city of refuge for the manslayer) in Bashan with its pastures and Beeshterah with its pastures—2 towns. 28From the tribe of Issachar: Kishion with its pastures, Dobrath with its pastures, 29Jarmuth with its pastures and En-gannim with its pastures—4 towns. 30From the tribe of Asher: Mishal with its pastures, Abdon with its pastures, 31Helkath with its pastures, and Rehob with its pastures—4 towns. 32From the tribe of Naphtali: Kedesh (the city of refuge for the manslayer) in Galilee with its pastures, Hammoth-dor with its pastures, Kartan with its pastures—3 towns. 33All the towns of the Gershonites according to their clans were 13 towns with their pastures. 34To the remaining Levites of the clans of the children of Merari, they gave from the tribe of Zebulun: Jokneam with its pastures, Kartah with its pastures, 35Dimnah with its pastures, and Nahalal with its pastures—4 towns. 36From the tribe of Reuben: Bezer with its pastures, Jahaz with its pastures, 37Kedemoth with its pastures and Mephaath with its pastures—4 cities. 38From the tribe of Gad: Ramoth (the city of refuge for the manslayer) in Gilead with its pastures, Mahanaim with its pastures, 39Heshbon with its pastures, and Jazer with its pastures—4 towns in all. 40All the towns that went by lot to the children of Merari (the remaining Levites) according to their clans, were 12 towns. 41The total of the towns of the Levites within the holdings of Bnei-Yisrael was 48 towns with their pastures. 42Each of these towns had its own pastures; so it was for all these towns.

Adonai Keeps All His Promises

43So Adonai gave to Israel the entire land that He had sworn to give to their fathers. They took possession and settled in it. 44Then Adonai gave them rest on all sides, just as He had sworn to their fathers. Not one man of all their enemies withstood them, for Adonai gave all their enemies into their hand. 45Not one good thing that Adonai had promised to the house of Israel failed. All came to pass.

–from Joshua 21

Have you done anything to help you remember? Have you setup anything that points people to the hope that is within you? Have you anything that reminds you of all that God has done in and through you and your life? Do you have anything that helps you to remember all the things you have to be thankful for?

Altar of Witness

1Then Joshua summoned the Reubenites, Gadites and half-tribe of Manasseh, 2and said to them: “You have kept all that Moses the servant of Adonai commanded you, and have listened to my voice in all that I commanded you. 3You have not abandoned your kinsmen these many days to this day, but have kept the charge of the commandment of Adonai your God. 4So now Adonai your God has given rest to your kinsmen, as He said to them. So now, turn and go to your tents, to the land that is your possession, which Moses the servant of Adonai gave you beyond the Jordan. 5Only be very careful to observe the mitzvah and the Torah which Moses the servant of Adonai commanded you, to love Adonai your God and walk in all His ways, and to keep His mitzvot, cling to Him and worship Him with all your heart and with all your soul.” 6So Joshua blessed them and sent them away, and they went to their tents. 7Now to the one half-tribe of Manasseh Moses had given inheritance in Bashan, but to the other half Joshua gave territory among their kinsmen to the west of the Jordan. Moreover, when Joshua sent them away to their tents, he blessed them 8and spoke to them saying: “Return to your tents with great wealth and with very much cattle, with silver, gold, bronze, iron and with very many clothes. Share the spoil of your enemies with your brothers.” 9So the children of Reuben, the children of Gad and the half-tribe of Manasseh returned and departed from Bnei-Yisrael at Shiloh in the land of Canaan, to go to the land of Gilead, to the land of their inheritance that they had possessed, according to the mouth of Adonai by Moses’ hand. 10Now when they came to the region near the Jordan in the land of Canaan, the children of Reuben, the children of Gad and the half-tribe of Manasseh built there an altar by the Jordan—a large, conspicuous altar. 11Then Bnei-Yisrael heard about it and said: “Behold, the children of Reuben, the children of Gad and the half-tribe of Manasseh have built an altar opposite the land of Canaan, in the region of the Jordan, across from Bnei-Yisrael.” 12And when Bnei-Yisrael heard of it, the whole congregation of Bnei-Yisrael assembled at Shiloh to go up against them in war. 13So Bnei-Yisrael sent word to the children of Reuben, the children of Gad and the half-tribe of Manasseh, into the land of Gilead, Phinehas son of Eleazar the kohen, 14and with him ten chieftains, one chieftain from each ancestral house of each of the tribes of Israel. Every one of them was the head of his ancestral house among the thousands of Israel. 15So they came to the children of Reuben, the children of Gad and the half-tribe of Manasseh in the land of Gilead, and spoke with them saying: 16“Thus says the whole congregation of Adonai: ‘What is this treachery that you have committed today against the God of Israel, by turning away from following Adonai, building yourselves an altar, rebelling this day against Adonai? 17Is the iniquity of Peor too little for us, from which we have not cleansed ourselves to this day, although a plague came on the congregation of Adonai, 18that you would turn away this day from following Adonai? Now you rebel against Adonai today, tomorrow He will be angry with the whole congregation of Israel! 19If, however, the land of your possession is unclean, then cross over to the land of the possession of Adonai, where Adonai’s Tabernacle stands. Acquire holdings among us, but do not rebel against Adonai or against us by building an altar for yourselves other than the altar of Adonai our God. 20Did not Achan son of Zerah act unfaithfully concerning the things under the ban, and so wrath fell on the entire community of Israel? Nor did that man perish alone in his iniquity.’” 21Then the children of Reuben, the children of Gad and the half-tribe of Manasseh answered, and spoke to the heads of the thousands of Israel: 22“God of gods is Adonai! God of gods is Adonai! He knows, and may Israel itself know! If we acted in rebellion or in treachery against Adonai, don’t spare us this day! 23If we have built an altar to turn away from following Adonai, or if it was to offer burnt offering or grain offering on it, or to offer sacrifices of fellowship offerings on it, let Adonai Himself require it. 24But we have done this rather out of anxious concern, for a reason, saying: ‘In the future, your children might say to our children: “What have you to do with Adonai, God of Israel? 25For Adonai has made the Jordan a border between us and you, you children of Reuben and children of Gad—you have no share in Adonai!” So your children may make our children stop fearing Adonai. 26“Therefore we said: ‘Let’s now build an altar for ourselves—not for burnt offering or for sacrifice— 27but as a witness between us and you, and between our generations after us, so that we may do the service of Adonai before Him with our burnt offerings, with our sacrifices and with our fellowship offerings. Then your children may not say to our children in times to come. “You have no share in Adonai!”’ 28Therefore we said: ‘If they say such to us or to our future generations, then we will say, “See the replica of the altar of Adonai which our fathers made—not for burnt offering or for sacrifice, but as a witness between us and you.”’ 29Far be it from us that we should rebel against Adonai and turn away this day from following Adonai, by building an altar for burnt offering, for grain offering or for sacrifice, besides the altar of Adonai our God that stands before His Tabernacle.” 30So when Phinehas the kohen and the leaders of the congregation—the heads of the thousands of Israel who were with him—heard the words that the children of Reuben, the children of Gad and the children of Manasseh spoke, it pleased them well. 31So Phinehas son of Eleazar the kohen said to the children of Reuben, the children of Gad and the children of Manasseh, “Today we know that Adonai is in the midst of us, because you have not committed this treachery against Adonai. Now you have delivered Bnei-Yisrael from the hand of Adonai.” 32Then Phinehas son of Eleazar the kohen and the leaders returned from the children of Reuben and from the children of Gad, from the land of Gilead, to the land of Canaan, to Bnei-Yisrael, and brought back a report to them. 33The report pleased Bnei-Yisrael, and Bnei-Yisrael blessed God, and they did not speak of going up against them in war, to destroy the land in which the children of Reuben and the children of Gad were living. 34So the children of Reuben and the children of Gad named the altar, “for it is a witness between us that Adonai is God.”

–from Joshua 22

So let’s rejoice in the Lord! Let’s celebrate having Him in our lives! Let’s celebrate all that Jesus has done for us! Let’s celebrate and not forget how faithful He is! Let’s celebrate and give thanks for His love and faithfulness! Let’s make sure our focus is on glorifying Him in and through the way we live out today and everyday! Seek first the Kingdom of God and His Righteousness…Honor your father and mother…Consider the promises and grab onto them and pursue His will in and through your life…Let’s be peacemakers! Let’s be encouragers! Let’s be content! Let’s live lives that glorify God!

1Therefore, my brothers and sisters whom I love and long for, my joy and crown—stand firm in the Lord in this way, my loved ones.

Rejoice in the Lord Always

2I urge Euodia and Syntyche to be in harmony in the Lord. 3Yes, and I ask you, true companion, to help these women—they labored side by side with me in spreading the Good News, together with Clement also and the rest of my fellow workers, whose names are in the Book of Life. 4Rejoice in the Lord always—again I will say, rejoice! 5Let your gentleness be known to all people. The Lord is near. 6Do not be anxious about anything—but in everything, by prayer and petition with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God. 7And the shalom of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Messiah Yeshua. 8Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable—if there is any virtue and if there is anything worthy of praise—dwell on these things. 9What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—put these things into practice, and the God of shalom will be with you.

The Secret of Contentment

10I rejoiced in the Lord greatly, that now at last you have revived your concern for me (though you were concerned before but lacked opportunity to show it). 11I am not saying this because I am in need—for whatever circumstance I am in, I have learned to be content. 12I know what it is to live with humble means, and I know what it is to live in prosperity. In any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of contentment—both to be filled and to go hungry, to have abundance and to suffer need. 13I can do all things through Messiah who strengthens me. 14Nevertheless, you have done well to share in my trouble. 15Now you Philippians also know that in the beginning of the Good News, when I left Macedonia, not a single community partnered with me in giving and receiving—except you alone. 16For even in Thessalonica you sent something for my need more than once. 17Not that I am looking for a gift, but for fruit that overflows to your credit. 18But I have received everything and have more than enough. I am amply supplied, having received from Epaphroditus what you sent—a fragrant aroma, an acceptable sacrifice, pleasing to God. 19My God will fulfill every need of yours according to the riches of His glory in Messiah Yeshua. 20To our God and Father be the glory forever and ever! Amen.

Final Greetings and Blessings

21Greet all the kedoshim in Messiah Yeshua. The brethren who are with me greet you. 22All the kedoshim greet you, especially those of Caesar’s household. 23The grace of the Lord Yeshua the Messiah be with your spirit.

–from Philippians 4


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