Joshua 23:7 No Association

Do not associate with these nations that remain among you; do not invoke the names of their gods or swear by them. You must not serve them or bow down to them. Joshua 23:7

Successful business leaders are very careful as to who they hang around with. They do not want to be around people who do not work or cannot bring them success to their business. All that occur in being around such people is bring them down or get them on the wrong track, harming their business and success.

Focus is on what is needed to be successful.

Joshua reminds the people to not associate with the nations around them. They are to not seek, serve, worship or talk about their false gods.

Many believers, in theory, seek to be friends with the world in order to be a witness to the world. However, in reality, many believers that become friends with the world end up becoming more like the world. The characteristics and beliefs of the world are allowed to rub off on the believer.

It is common for some believers to talk about the gods of the world so much that they end up serving those gods. Too many in the church look more like the world than they look like Jesus. And many do not care.

Every believer is called to be separate, different from the world. None are to believe in the gods of this world, gods of pride, alcohol, greed, wealth, jealousy, porn, illegitimate sex, gossip and any other sins.

Jesus was among the world, but He did not become like the world. Though the temptation was there, Jesus never bowed down to the false gods of this world. He called people out of their lives of sin and death unto an eternal life. Believers are to live in the same way.

Ask yourself who has the greatest influence on you in your life. This can be seen in who you choose to hang around with on a regular basis. Surround yourself with people who serve God so that you can be built up to be a witness of who Jesus is.

Go into the world to be a witness, but do not allow yourself to be like the world. Being like the world is not being a witness, but is walking away from God and disobeying God.

Who are you associating with on a regular basis?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will be a true witness for Jesus to the world; that God will help you not be influenced by the fallen world; that God will give you strength to flee all sin; and that you will serve God alone.

Deuteronomy 1:21 Take Possession Of The Land

See, the Lord your God has given you the land. Go up and take possession of it as the Lord, the God of your ancestors, told you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Deuteronomy 1:21

Throughout history nations have invaded other nations and taken the land for their own possession. Individuals have also taken land from other individuals.

While some will have courage to take new lands, others will hold back in fear and never expand. Some will also attempt to take some land but stop due to the difficulties that bring on discouragement.

Moses told the Israelites that were to go in a take the land God promised them without being afraid or discouraged.

Taking land from an enemy will be a costly and dangerous mission to accomplish. No one will give up land freely without a battle.

Although the Israelites were going in to physically take some physical land, believers are to take land today, however, not physical land but spiritual land.

Satan, with the world, has taken the hearts and minds of the people–a spiritual land. Hearts and minds have been given over to the control of sin and death.

Once a person becomes a believer, he is now the enemy to the world and on God’s side to take back what the devil has stolen. As a witness for Jesus, the believer is to go out and take back the hearts of men and women for God. These hearts are of those who are in the workplace, neighborhood, family, city, nation or anywhere else one may be.

Just as taking physical land is difficult and dangerous, so it is with taking the hearts of people. The world will rise up to fight back which can cause fear or discouragement, however, the believer is to have no fear or discouragement, because God will be with him as he takes possession for God.

All around you are people who have been taken captive by the world and Satan. Those people are headed to hell and it is part of your responsibility to take back the land (people) God has put in your life.

Do not allow yourself to be afraid of the world and what it may say or do as you are a witness of Jesus. And do not allow yourself to get discouraged when some will reject the message you bring.

Fight to take the land God has put before you.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will be a witness for Jesus wherever you go; that you will point many people to Jesus; that God will draw many through your testimony; and that God’s kingdom will be built daily through you.

Exodus 37:19 A Flowering Light

Three cups shaped like almond flowers with buds and blossoms were on one branch, three on the next branch and the same for all six branches extending from the lampstand. Exodus 37:19

Lampstands have been made for thousands of years to hold lights ranging from candles and oil to electricity. Their purpose is shine forth the light into an area to illuminate it removing all darkness.

Every type of design imaginable has been used to make the lampstands. Most are done with just appearance in mind, while a few have actual purpose and meaning behind the design.

The lampstands to be used in the tabernacle had almond flowers with buds and blossoms on each branch of it. This occurred on all six branches of the stand.

Flower buds are the seeds of a flower. It is a sign that there can be life available if planted and watered correctly. When the bud is planted in the right type of soil there will come a day when it sprouts out and a flower blossom appears bringing joy to the one who planted it.

Light is something that expels all darkness and illuminates what is real.

Several thousand years after Moses had the lampstand made, Jesus told believers that they would be a light in this world. Believers are now a lampstand that shines forth the light of Jesus.

This light starts out as a bud, a little seed planted in the hearts and minds of people about the life Jesus offers them. Others water the seed and nourish it. Over time it begins to grow in the hearts and minds of the people, and many choose to believe in Jesus. They have a new life that blossoms as a beautiful flower into eternity.

Believers need to be a lampstand carrying the light and the bud and being a blossom in this dark world.

At some point someone planted a seed about Jesus into your life. Trusting it has grown and matured into a blossom today to shine the light of Jesus to this world, you now carry a new bud to plant into the life of someone else.

Do not smother out the light or hide the bud, but be willing to plant it and allow it to reproduce. You are a lampstand for Jesus to shine forth His light and make disciples of all men and women around the world.

Is your lamp shining and the bud blossoming?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will shine the light of Jesus in this world; that you will plant new seeds of Jesus in the hearts and minds of others; and that you will be a bright blossom of God’s love to this world.

Exodus 4:1 Being Reluctant

Moses answered, “What if they do not believe me or listen to me and say, ‘The Lord did not appear to you’?” Exodus 4:1

In order for many people to believe a person they want to see his credentials. People want to know what gives a person the authority to say or do what he is saying or doing. They desire to see some great big title behind the name.

As people doubt so much, many people are unwilling to step up and speak or do something when they don’t have the title to match it.

Moses had been told by God to go back to Egypt and tell the people that He was releasing them. Moses questioned it and asked what to do if they don’t believe him or listen to him.

Fearing that someone will be unwilling to listen is common among believers. It is common that many feel as if they do not have any authority to speak up or tell others about Jesus without having some bible degree or leadership title. They are reluctant to step out in faith and do what God has called them to do.

God loves to use the simple to astound the complex. He works in ways that will amaze people, but it has to be done in faith. It starts with being willing to step out and speak up with what one knows and can do. As soon as that step is taken, God steps in and does the supernatural by bring signs and wonders to confirm the words and actions.

Very few will ever have to lead a nation out of another nation, but every believer is called to lead someone out of the grips of sin and death. All it takes is being willing to go up to someone and tell them about Jesus.

There are people that you will come across that God has placed there for you to be a witness to. You may or may not have a bible degree, but you do have a testimony of what God has done in your life and how He has saved you.

Do not hold back your testimony out of fear that they will not listen or believe you. Some will not listen or believe you, but most will listen. Allow God to work miracles through you and change their hearts.

Are you being reluctant to do and say what God wants you to do and say?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will know what God wants you to say and do; that you will be willing to obey God’s call on your life; that you will give your testimony to all God puts in your path; and that God will confirm His authority in you through you.

2 Corinthians 2:14 Are You Allowing God To Use You?

But thanks be to God, who always leads us as captives in Christ’s triumphal procession and uses us to spread the aroma of the knowledge of him everywhere. 2 Corinthians 2:14

The majority of people around the world do not really like to be led by someone else. People like to consider themselves free and be able to go where they want to, as they want to. Some of those actually like to be the leaders of others.

On top of this, no one likes to be led around as a captive. Being a captive means one is a prisoner and has no rights.

Paul gives thanks to God that he, and others with him, are being led around like a captive by God and being used to spread knowledge of Jesus everywhere.

At the moment a person chooses to follow Jesus, he gives up his personal rights before God. All authority and power is handed over to God to do as He pleases. He is now captive to God.

As God is given that position of authority over one’s life, He begins to lead that person around as needed. The believers life is changed to where it no longer looks or smells like that of the world, but something different. It has the look and smell of Jesus.

Just a perfume permeates a room that a lady walks into, so does the smell of Jesus permeate anywhere a believer walks into.

The purpose of this aroma is to spread the gospel message of Jesus to everyone in this dying world. It is to let people know that there is a hope and a life that they can have as a gift from God that will last for eternity.

A believer, who understands this great gift, will be thankful to God that he is being led and used by God to touch lives.

If you have chosen to believe in Jesus, allow God to lead you around to spread the message of Jesus. Everywhere you go people should be able to notice the smell that you are a follower of Jesus. There should never be any doubt in their minds.

Now as God is leading you, give thanks to Him that He is using you. Do not see it as a chore or a drudgery, but as a great honor. As He uses you, lives are being changed and saved.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will be led by God; that you will be used by God to spread the gospel message; that those around you will know that you believe in Jesus; and that God will draw many to Jesus through you.