April 20, 2011

Today you should read: Joshua 9

When God’s favor is on you, EVERYTHING changes.

In Joshua 9, the Israelites had the momentum they’d always dreamed of. Really, the only thing ever standing in their way was their own sinfulness and rebellion. Now that they had dealt with their sin (Achan in Joshua 7), renewed their covenant with God and celebrated victory at Ai (Joshua 8), everyone took notice. It was unmistakeable — there was something special about these people — God’s favor.

In the first few verses, we see that the kings in surrounding countries wanted to do something about it. They wanted to return Israel to its humble state, defeated and in captivity. They banded together with the desire to put an end to Israel’s victories.

The Gibeonites, however, wanted to milk the successes of Israel. You know the age-old phrase, “If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em!” The concocted a plan to trick the Israelites into being gracious with them. To be honest, it was a fantastic plan. Moldy bread, old wineskins, worn clothes to prove they came from afar? Ingenious. Israel fell for it. Though Joshua was mad, he couldn’t argue with their reasoning: “God’s favor is on you. We want His favor too.”

The application today is simple.

God’s favor IS on you. If you are a Christ-follower, the Holy Spirit lives in you. God could not get any closer to you than He already is — HE IS IN YOU!

But are you walking so closely with Him that it’s unmistakable to others that His favor rests upon you? One factor may be the spiritual opposition you face. Another may be that other Christians are drawn to you and desire to emulate you. Because you follow Christ, they desire to follow you (Paul & Timothy).

I pray that we would be the kind of church that the world would notice, not for our creativity or programs, but because we are distinctly marked with the favor of God.

Blessings CPC.

Posted by: Todd Thomas

Author: Center Point Church

A multi-campus church in central Kentucky. Our mission is to take everyone we meet one step closer to becoming a true disciple of Jesus Christ.

4 thoughts on “April 20, 2011”

  1. Thanks Todd. I also pray that we would be the kind of church the world would notice. For that to happen each of us individually need to be the kind of Christian others notice.

    Verse 14 grabbed my attention as I was reading chapter 9 today. The men of Israel sampled their provisions but DID NOT inquire of the Lord. Oh the trouble we bring upon ourselves when we charge ahead with our will before consulting the Lord first. I have heard Tim Parsons say many times that “we don’t want to be one step ahead or one step behind God”. Our desire is to pray and consult His will so that we can be in perfect step with our Heavenly Father

  2. As I ponder on today’s reading I am reminded of how easily we are deceived. Satan’s crafty schemes will get us every time, especially when we try to handle things on our own. The end of chapter 8 has Joshua reminding the Israelites of the blessing of obedience and the curses for disobedience (Deut. 28-29).
    Israel’s salvation came from following the law of the Lord, the blessings came through their obedience. Psalm 1 speaks to this; those who delight in God’s law will find God watching over them and prospering them.
    In Matthew 10, Jesus sends out the disciples with strict instructions. In verses 16-17 He warns them to be shrewd as snakes so they are not deceived.
    God is aware of our propensity toward being deceived and we must cling to Him asking for His wisdom to avoid being tricked into something less than God’s best as Israel was with the Gibeonites.
    May God grant each of us the wisdom we need to face our circumstances in a way that would be pleasing to Him.

  3. Amazing post!! Love the last line about CPC!
    I am so very thankful that God lives in me! It is so humbling to know that He loves me and chose me to be his servant.

  4. Great job Todd! The words that jump out to me are in verse 14… and they haunt me… “but they did not consult the LORD” WOW! I wonder how often I’ve made that mistake. It’s costly. May it never be again! TIM

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