Joshua 8:24 Read All Of It

Read the bible

Afterward, Joshua read all the words of the law–the blessings and the curses–just as it is written in the Book of the Law. Joshua 8:34 

Reading is something that some people enjoy a lot, while others despise. Some will not pick up a book to read anything, even to save their life, while others are never seen without the nose a book.

The types of books that people read cover an extremely wide spectrum. Some like only certain types, such as sci-fi, fantasy, novels, romance, adventure, biographies, auto-biographies, history, learning, and much more. Each person is different in what they will or will not read.

One type of book that the majority of people do not read is law books. These books are very dry, with lawyer talk. All this type does is talk about what can or cannot be done and cases and consequences of both.

After the mistake of Achan and the Israelites were able to take the city of Ai, Joshua called all the people together, including women, children and foreigners, to read the entire Book of the Law. Everyone had to stand or sit around and listen to all the words from the Book of the Law, which is today’s Genesis through Deuteronomy.

Today the Book of the Law is included in the bible. The bible is still classified as one of the best sellers world-wide, yet, very few people actually take time to read it. Or when they do read it, they pick and choose what they will read.

It is common for many believers to have never read several books of the bible. They skip past some because they are too ‘boring’, the laws, the sacrifices, the numbering of people, and the judgments. They want to only read about the blessings.

God has given you access to His word through the bible. In order to know all of what God has to say about anything, you must take time to read His word. It is His law book, guidance book on how to live on this earth and prepare for eternity.

Yes, there are many blessings, but there are also some curses. While there are some exciting spots to read, there are also some dry spots to read. However, the entire word of God is profitable. It can help you live for Him.

How much of the bible have you read or are reading?

How much of the bible are you skipping?

Read the bible today.

I pray today that you will open your heart to God’s word; that you will see the value of God’s word in your life; that God will change your life through His word; and that you will hide God’s word in your heart to share with others.

Zechariah 5:4 Thieves And False Swearing

The LORD Almighty declares, ‘I will send it out, and it will enter the house of the thief and the house of anyone who swears falsely by my name. It will remain in that house and destroy it completely, both its timbers and its stones.’ Zechariah 5:4

Zechariah had been given a vision by God of a large flying scroll. The scroll had a curse written on both sides of it. One was against all thieves and the other was against those who swore falsely by God’s name. It was to go into the houses of these people and remain there until the house was completely destroyed.

It is common for people to be upset about others who are thieves. Very few people have room for someone who is a thief. It is expected that thieves are to be punished.

While this is true, there are many people who are living as thieves. They may not be stealing physical things from other people, but they are stealing from God. He has given them blessings to be used for others and they use them for their own personal gain. They refuse to give generously in offerings and tithes. They steal time to spend with Him for their own personal entertainment.

The other curse was against those who swear falsely by God’s name. It is easy for a person to claim a belief in God, but it is another thing to live by His name. People claim to live for God, yet refuse to read His word, follow His commands, or be His witness. Others also claim things, as though they are true of God, that go against His word. When this happens, they are swearing falsely by His name.

As a believer, you need to continually examine your life, what you say or do. Are you stealing things from God? This could be done on purpose or by accident, but it is still stealing. How much time are you taking from God?

You claim to be a believer, then you must ask yourself if you are really living like a disciple of Jesus. Are you striving to be more like Jesus everyday? Or are you falsely swearing allegiance to God and living your own way?

Make God the center of your life. Live in every way possible for God, in everything you say and do. May God not be able to accuse you of being a thief or falsely swearing in His name.

I pray today that you God will reveal to you ways you may be stealing from Him; that God will show ways you may be falsely swearing in His name; and that you will be more like Jesus everyday.

Jeremiah 29:7 Praying For The Enemy

Also, seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you into exile. Pray to the LORD for it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper. Jeremiah 29:7

Going into exile was a difficult thing for the Israelites of Judah to do. As they are going into exile, God now tells them to settle in and serve their enemy. Then on top of that God tells them to pray for their enemy to prosper. His reason for praying for the enemy to prosper is that if the enemy prospers, so do the Israelites.

Praying for the enemy is something many Christians have no problem doing. However, it is how they pray for the enemy that is different. It is common to hear a Christian pray for his enemy that God would strike them down, or remove them. The focus is to change that person, so that one can have a better life. The problem with this type of prayer is that it is totally self-focused.

Years later Jesus would tell all believers to pray for their enemy and bless them, not curse them. Praying for the prosperity of your enemy is a blessing upon them. Doing this shows the enemy the love of God, not the hatred of people.

Not blessing your enemy will fall back on you in the same way. If the economy of everyone around you is failing, your economy will also fail. If there is no peace with everyone around you, then you will not have any peace either. If there is poverty all around you, then you will also have poverty.

No person can have peace or prosperity completely alone. It takes a community to have either. There will always be some in your community that will be your enemy–those who do not follow Jesus. If they do not prosper, you cannot prosper.

Along with physical prosperity, every person needs to know the love of Jesus. If you are praying against them and for their downfall, where is there any love in that? How will they know the love of Jesus, when all they see is hatred?

You may not always agree with your enemy, but you can pray for God to bless them and draw them closer to Him by His love and care. It is His kindness that will draw them to Him.

I pray today that you will know God’s love for your enemies; that you will show God’s love to your enemies; that you will be able to pray God’s blessings on your enemies; and that many will come to know Jesus through the love you show them.

Deuteronomy 11:26-28 Blessings And Curses

See, I am setting before you today a blessing and a curse–the blessing if you obey the commands of the LORD your God that I am giving you today; the curse if you disobey the commands of the LORD your God and turn from the way that I command you today by following other gods, which you have not known. Deuteronomy 11:26-28

Moses set before the Israelites many commands of God. With those commands came a variety of blessings and curses. If they loved and served God faithfully, they would enter the land, take possession of it, and God would pour out rain for their crops on it. If they chose not to obey God and worshipped other gods, He would strike them in anger.

Even to this day, God’s blessings and curses still work in a person’s life. If a person chooses to not follow God, He will set Himself against that person.

Following and obeying God will always bring about blessings. Many people, however, refuse to see all the blessings God is giving them. They see the struggles of life and feel that God is not blessing them at all.

As the Israelites went into Canaan, they had to work at taking over the land. They had to go into battle against the enemy to take possession. The blessings appeared in that God helped them win each battle, as long as they obeyed and followed Him.

You will have struggles in this life, Jesus promised them. Yet, through it all, there will be the blessing of peace and comfort in knowing that God will bring you through it all, if you are loving and obeying God.

Do not allow yourself to be turned away to the gods (things) of this world. Trust only in Jesus and love and obey Him. In doing this you will not have to receive God’s anger against you. You will receive the blessings and favor of God in your life, in spite of all the struggles of this life.

Who are you following and obeying today?


Or this world?

I pray today that you will love and obey God with all your heart; that you will trust God in every circumstance in your life; that you will see all the blessings of serving God; and that God will give you the strength to stay true and faithful to Him.

Romans 12:14 Blessing The Persecutors

“Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse.” Romans 12:14

During the time that Paul writes this letter, there was a lot of persecution going on. Christians were being attacked by many and had no personal rights in their country. For a time Paul had been one of those persecuting the Christian believers. The people were going through a hard time. It was easy for someone to curse those who were doing the persecuting, yet, Paul says to bless them.

Persecution can show up in many different forms. Most people think of it as just physical abuse against another person. It is also verbal abuse, refusal to recognize, shunning, overlooking, talking bad about, ridicule and rejection. In the USA these types of abuse are more common than the physical abuse.

The common thread of all types of persecution is the pain. There is pain in the physical, as well as the emotional. A person is hurt in the process.

It is very common for a person to attack those who do any persecution on them. They fight back with violence or bad words. Many will curse the person. One thing in common is that there is no love for those who did the persecution.

Blessing a person is asking God to give them favor and what they need. It is bringing the person something they need or helping to meet a need they have. It is talking good about the persecutor despite all the bad that they are doing. It is forgiving them, even when they have not requested forgiveness or repented of the wrongs done.

Jesus had loved you when you were against Him. When you persecuted Him, He still loved you. As a believer you are to show that same love to others. Do not take revenge or fight back at person. Bless the one who is doing wrong to you.

This blessing will show them the true love of Jesus. It may or may not diffuse their abuse, but it will be a testimony to them of God’s love and power.

Cursing a person does you no good. It only fuels the anger and hurt. You are told to not go to bed angry. Bless them and the anger must leave. You cannot be angry and bless a person.

Who are willing to bless today? Who do you need to bless today?

I pray today that God will reveal His blessings to you; that God will reveal His love for all those who do wrong; that you will be filled with God’s love for those against you; that God will strengthen you to bless those who persecute you; and that you will not curse anyone.