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20. 08. 2017

Give Me The Mountain
Joshua 14:6-15

1. Sense of His Commitment
Joshua 14:12a - “Now give me this hill country that the Lord promised me that day...”

 

 

 

 

 

2. Strength of His Conviction
Joshua 14:10-12 - “Now then, just as the LORD promised, he has kept me alive for 45 years since the time he said this to Moses, while Israel moved about in the desert. So here I am, 85 years old! I am still as strong today as the day Moses sent me out; I'm just as vigorous to go out to battle now as I was then. Now give me this hill country that the LORD promised me that day. You yourself heard then that the Anakites were there & their cities were large & fortified, but the LORD helping me, I will drive them out just as he said.”

 

 

 

3. Source of His Courage
Joshua 14:14-15 - So Hebron has belonged to Caleb son of Jephunneh the Kenizzite ever since, because he followed the LORD, the God of Israel wholeheartedly. (Hebron used to be called Kiriath Arba after Arba, who was the greatest man among the Anakites.) Then the land had rest from war.

 

 

 

Questions for Discussion

1. Are you wholehearted in your commitment to obey Jesus? In what ways are you showing your commitment? Where are you in your personal walk with the Lord today?

2. Read 2 Corinthians 1:20a For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “yes” in Christ. Are there promises of God that you have yet to claim?

3. God promised Caleb the land, but he had to go in to fight the giants to possess it. Jesus has won the victory for us! God’s will is for us to walk in victory. Are there giants in your life that you need to overcome? How could you couple action with faith to make victory a reality?

 

 

 

 

Devotional Message

Taken from The Daily Office by Peter Scazzero ©2008

 

Week 5 / Day 2 - Midday/Evening Office

Scripture Reading: Psalm 22:1–5
My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from saving me, so far from my cries of anguish? My God, I cry out by day, but you do not answer, by night, but I find no rest. Yet you are enthroned as the Holy One; you are the one Israel praises. In you our fathers put their trust; they trusted and you delivered them. To you they cried out and were saved; in you they trusted and were not put to shame.

 

Devotional
In the 1870s Horatio Spafford was a successful Chicago lawyer and a close friend of evangelist Dwight L. Moody. Spafford had invested heavily in real estate, but the Chicago fire of 1871 wiped out his holdings. His son had died shortly before the disaster. Spafford and his family desperately needed a rest, so in 1873 he planned a trip to Europe with his wife, Anna, and their four daughters. Yet just before they set sail, a last-minute business development forced Horatio to return to work. Not wanting to ruin the family holiday, Spafford persuaded his family to go as planned, and intended to catch up with them later. With this decided, Spafford returned to Chicago, and Anna and the four daughters sailed to Europe. Unfortunately, their ship collided with an English vessel and sank in only twelve minutes. The accident claimed the lives of 226 people. Anna Spafford had stood bravely on the deck, with her daughters (Annie, Maggie, Bessie, and Tanetta) desperately clinging to her. Her last memory of the disaster is that of her baby being violently torn from her arms by the force of the waters. Just nine days later, Spafford received a telegram from his wife in Wales. It read: “Saved alone.” When Horatio Spafford made the ocean crossing to meet his grieving wife, he sailed near the place where his four daughters had sunk to the ocean’s depths. There, in the midst of his sorrow, he wrote “It Is Well with My Soul.” The words of Staffords’s hymn have brought comfort to so many in grief:

When peace, like a river, attendeth my way, When sorrows like sea-billows roll, Whatever my lot, Thou hast taught me to say, It is well, it is well, with my soul. Though Satan should buffet, though trials should come, Let this blessed assurance control, That Christ hath regarded my helpless estate, And hath shed His own blood for my soul.

 


Question to Consider
What about Spafford and his relationship with Christ moves you the most?

 

Prayer
Father, I can only bow to you before such unimaginable loss and suffering. I join with Spafford and pray to you: “Whatever my lot, Thou has taught me to say, It is well, it is well, with my soul.” In your Son’s name, Amen.

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