OYB April 23
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- 2009 Apr 23
1:1-2 After the death of Joshua, the Israelites asked the Lord, "Which tribe should go first to attack the Canaanites?" The Lord answered, "Judah, for I have given them victory over the land."
Gotta love the prophetic stories here! Did you catch this one? Remember, Joshua is a Christ-type. And Jesus is from the line of Judah. The Canaanites are pagans who represent false gods (idol worship). So to simplify here: After the death (and resurrection) of [Jesus]...He was given victory over the land of the false gods!
2:2-3 When God tells us to get rid of habits sins or idols in our lives, we try to find ways to make peace with them so we don't have to part with them entirely, but then they become a constant source of pain and struggle. God wants us to have peace and rest from these enemies in our lives, but we try to make alliances. These alliances could come in many forms: a relationship with someone God has directed us to cut off, or an activity, i.e. watching certain movies or too much T.V., or reading certain types of books, the pursuit of success or money, security in this world, substance abuse, etc. We choose to stay captive because we're not ready to cut them off.
90:1 Lord, through all the generations you have been our home! What
do you think of when you think of "home"? Not to necessarily compare it
with the realities of your home that may be broken with strife. But
what are the implications of this word? If we could imagine the best
home, what would it be like? Comfortable? Safe? Peaceful? Refreshing?
Beautiful? Tranquil? Fragrant? Bright? Settled? Relish in this thought
today-anywhere with the Lord is your HOME!