It’s more than just believing! Ever heard the phrase “faith without works is dead”?
So we need to do our part! Where are you at today? He got you this far, so what will you do in faith believing that He will help you out to complete the work He has set before you to accomplish? We see how God helped get the promised land setup for the tribes of Israel, now it was a matter of them completing the process and possessing the land. Where are you at in your journey? Are you in place? Are you now going to press forward in faith and believe for all that God has for you? Will you settle for what you have like that is enough and all that God intended? Even though you know He has more for you?
Let’s take a look and see how our reading today speaks into this subject…
Keep and Do Torah
1Now it came about after many days, when Adonai had given rest to Israel from all their enemies around them, and Joshua was old and advanced in years, 2that Joshua summoned all Israel, their elders, their heads, their judges and their officials, and said to them: “I have grown old and am advanced in years. 3Now you have seen all that Adonai your God has done to all these nations because of you, for it was Adonai your God who was fighting for you. 4Behold, I have allotted to you as an inheritance, according to your tribes, these nations that remain, along with all the nations that I have cut off, from the Jordan to the Great Sea toward the setting of the sun. 5So Adonai your God, He Himself will thrust them out from before you, and drive them from before you, so you will possess their land, just as Adonai your God spoke to you. 6“Be very resolute to keep and to do all that is written in the book of the Torah of Moses, so that you may not turn aside from it to the right or to the left, 7and not intermingle with these nations who are still remaining among you. Do not mention the names of their gods or swear by them or worship them or bow down to them. 8But cling to Adonai your God, as you have done to this day. 9For Adonai has driven out from before you great and mighty nations. As for you, no one remained standing before you to this day. 10One of you can put a thousand to flight, for Adonai your God, He Himself is fighting for you, just as He said to you. 11For your own sake, therefore, be most mindful to love Adonai your God. 12For if you ever go back and cling to the remnant of these nations that are still remaining among you, and intermarry with them, and you associate with them and they with you, 13know for certain that Adonai your God will no longer drive these nations out from before you. Instead they will become a snare and a trap for you, a scourge in your sides and thorns in your eyes, until you perish from this good land which Adonai your God has given you. 14“Now today I am about to go the way of all the earth. You will know with all your heart and with all your soul that not one word of the good things which Adonai your God spoke concerning you has failed to happen. All of them have come to pass for you; not one word has failed. 15Now it will be that just as all the good things which Adonai your God has spoken to you have come upon you, so all the evil things will Adonai bring upon you, until He has wiped you off this good land which Adonai your God has given you. 16When you transgress the covenant of Adonai your God, which He commanded you, and go and worship other gods and bow down to them, then will the anger of Adonai burn against you, and you will perish quickly off this good land which He has given you.”
–from Joshua 23
Let’s do our part out of love! Let’s do our part out of trust! Let’s do our part our of hope! Let’s do our part because God first loved us! Let’s do our part because did His part! Let’s be obedient to all He has called us to do and to be!
Whom Will You Worship?
1Then Joshua assembled all the tribes of Israel to Shechem, and summoned Israel’s elders, heads, judges and officials. So they presented themselves before God. 2Then Joshua said to all the people: “Thus says Adonai, God of Israel: ‘From ancient times your fathers—Terah, the father of Abraham and the father of Nahor—lived beyond the River and worshipped other gods. 3Then I took your father Abraham from beyond the River and led him through the entire land of Canaan and multiplied his offspring. I gave him Isaac, 4then to Isaac I gave Jacob and Esau. To Esau I gave Mount Seir to possess it as his own, but Jacob and his children went down to Egypt. 5“So I sent Moses and Aaron, and I plagued Egypt with what I did in its midst, and afterward I brought you out. 6I brought your fathers out of Egypt. When you came to the sea, the Egyptians pursued your fathers to the Sea of Reeds with chariots and horsemen. 7But when they cried out to Adonai, He put darkness between you and the Egyptians, then He brought the sea upon them, and it covered them; and your eyes saw what I did to the Egyptians. Then you stayed in the wilderness for a long time. 8“Then I brought you to the land of the Amorites who were living beyond the Jordan. Though they fought against you, I gave them into your hand, and you possessed their land when I destroyed them from before you. 9Then Balak son of Zippor, king of Moab, rose and fought against Israel. He even sent and called for Balaam son of Beor to curse you. 10But I refused to listen to Balaam; instead, he had to keep blessing you. Thus I delivered you from his hand. 11“Then you crossed over the Jordan and came to Jericho, but the men of Jericho fought against you—the Amorites, the Perizzites, the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Girgashites, the Hivites and the Jebusites—but I delivered them into your hand. 12Then I sent the hornet before you and it drove them out from before you—the two kings of the Amorites—not by your sword or your bow. 13I gave you a land on which you had not labored, and cities that you had not built and you have settled in them, vineyards and olive groves that you had not planted, that you are eating. 14“Now therefore, fear Adonai and worship Him in sincerity and in truth. Get rid of the gods that your fathers had worshipped beyond the River and in Egypt, and worship Adonai. 15If it seems bad to you to worship Adonai, then choose for yourselves today whom you will serve—whether the gods that your fathers worshipped that were beyond the River or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will worship Adonai!” 16Then the people answered and said: “Far be it from us that we should forsake Adonai to worship other gods! 17For it was Adonai our God who brought us and our fathers up from the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage, and who did those great signs in our sight and preserved us all along the way that we travelled and among all the peoples through whose midst we passed. 18It was Adonai who drove out from before us all the peoples, the Amorites that lived in the land. Therefore we also will worship Adonai, for He is our God.” 19But Joshua said to the people, “You will not be able to worship Adonai, for He is a holy God. He is a jealous God. He will not pardon your transgression and your sins. 20If you forsake Adonai and worship foreign gods, then He will turn and do you harm and consume you, after He has done good to you.” 21But the people said to Joshua, “No! For we will worship Adonai.” 22So Joshua said to the people, “You are witnesses to yourselves that you have chosen for yourselves Adonai, to worship Him.” “We are witnesses,” they responded. 23“Now therefore, get rid of the foreign gods that are in your midst, and incline your hearts to Adonai, God of Israel.” 24And the people said to Joshua, “We will worship none but Adonai our God, and we will obey none but His voice.” 25So Joshua cut a covenant with the people that day, and set for them a statute and an ordinance in Shechem. 26Then Joshua wrote these words in the scroll of the Torah of God. Also he took a great stone and set it up there under the oak that was by the Sanctuary of Adonai. 27Joshua said to all the people, “Behold, this stone will be a witness to us. For it has heard all the words of Adonai which He has spoken to us. So it will be a witness to you, lest you deny your God.” 28Joshua then dismissed the people, each to his own inheritance. 29Now it came to pass after these things that Joshua son of Nun, the servant of Adonai, died at the age of 110 years. 30So they buried him in the territory of his own portion in Timnath-serah, which is in the hill country of Ephraim, north of Mount Gaash. 31Israel worshipped Adonai all the days of Joshua and all the days of the elders who outlived Joshua and had known all the work of Adonai that He had done for Israel. 32Joseph’s bones, which Bnei-Yisrael had brought up from Egypt, they buried in Shechem, in the parcel of ground that Jacob had bought from the sons of Hamor the father of Shechem for 100 pieces of silver. It became the inheritance of the children of Joseph. 33Then Eleazar son of Aaron died, and they buried him in Gibeah, which had been given to Phinehas his son, in the hill country of Ephraim.
–from Joshua 24
So, who will you trust? Who will you worship?
Worship at His Holy Hill
1Adonai reigns, let the peoples tremble. He is enthroned upon the cheruvim— let the earth shake! 2Adonai is great in Zion and He is exalted above all the peoples. 3Let them praise Your great and awesome Name: holy is He. 4The might of a king loves justice. You have established fairness. You executed justice and righteousness in Jacob. 5Exalt Adonai our God and worship at His footstool: holy is He. 6Moses and Aaron were among His kohanim—also Samuel among those calling on His Name. They called on Adonai and He answered them. 7He spoke to them from the pillar of cloud. They kept His testimonies, and the decree that He gave them. 8Adonai our God, You answered them. A forgiving God You were to them, though You avenged their misdeeds. 9Exalt Adonai our God, and worship at His holy hill, for holy is Adonai our God.
–from Psalms 99
Let’s not forget but rather let’s give thanks! Pray for one another! Share praise reports with one another to encourage one another! Let’s celebrate the reconciling power of Jesus! Let’s share it with the people God has brought into our lives! Let’s serve others! Even as leaders let’s be servant leaders! Not ruling out of fear but serving out of love!
1Paul, an emissary of Messiah Yeshua by God’s will, and Timothy our brother, 2To the kedoshim, the faithful brothers and sisters in Messiah, who are at Colossae: Grace and shalom to you from God our Father!
Thanksgiving and Prayer
3We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Yeshua the Messiah, whenever we pray for you. 4For we heard of your trust in Messiah Yeshua and the love you have for all the kedoshim 5because of the hope stored up for you in heaven. You heard before about this hope in the true message of the Good News 6that has come to you. In all the world this Good News is bearing fruit and growing, just as it has in you since you first heard it and came to truly know God’s grace. 7You learned it from Epaphras—our dearly loved fellow slave, who is a faithful servant of Messiah on our behalf. 8He also made clear to us your love in the Ruach. 9For this reason also, ever since we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you. We keep asking God that you might be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding— 10to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, to please Him in all respects, bearing fruit in every good work and growing in the knowledge of God. 11We pray that you may be strengthened with all the power that comes from His glorious might, for you to have all kinds of patience and steadfastness. With joy 12we give thanks to the Father, who qualified you to share in the inheritance of the kedoshim in the light. 13He rescued us from the domain of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son whom He loves. 14In Him we have redemption—the release of sins.
Ben-Elohim Is Supreme
15He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. 16For by Him all things were created— in heaven and on earth, the seen and the unseen, whether thrones or angelic powers or rulers or authorities. All was created through Him and for Him. 17He exists before everything, and in Him all holds together. 18He is the head of the body, His community. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead— so that He might come to have first place in all things. 19For God was pleased to have all His fullness dwell in Him 20and through Him to reconcile all things to Himself, making peace through the blood of His cross— whether things on earth or things in heaven! 21Once you were alienated from God and hostile in your attitude by wicked deeds. 22But now He has reconciled you in Messiah’s physical body through death, in order to present you holy, spotless and blameless in His eyes— 23if indeed you continue in the faith, established and firm, not budging from the hope of the Good News that you have heard. This Good News has been proclaimed throughout all creation under heaven, and I, Paul, have become its servant.
The Mystery Revealed
24Now I rejoice in my sufferings for you, and in my physical body—for the sake of His body, Messiah’s community—I fill up what is lacking in the afflictions of Messiah. 25I became its servant according to God’s commission, given to me for you, in order to declare His message in full— 26the mystery that was hidden for ages and generations, but now has been revealed to His kedoshim. 27God chose to make known to them this glorious mystery regarding the Gentiles—which is Messiah in you, the hope of glory! 28We proclaim Him, warning and teaching everyone in all wisdom, so that we may present every person complete in Messiah. 29To this end I labor, striving with all His strength which is powerfully at work in me.
–from Colossians 1