Then choose for yourself this day whom you will serve ... But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.
Now then, throw away the foreign gods that are among you and yield your hearts to the Lord, the God of Israel.
Once again Joshua addressed the nation. He reminded them of God's faithfulness and deliverance. Through his farewell message he stressed the grace of God. "I gave," "I brought," "I destroyed," "I delivered." Not once did he mention his own achievements because, simply, he acknowledged God's hand in it all. He challenged the people to follow that God. He himself set the example; "As for me and my household, we will serve the Lord." He practiced what he preached. His mind was made up, his course was clear: we will serve the Lord.
The people responded. "We too will serve the Lord." It was then that Joshua challenged them to prove their sincerity by their works. "Throw away your idols." We can only serve God fully if we throw our idols away! Idols of any kind, any idol blocks the way to full communication with God. A price needs to be paid. A reward is waiting: To walk with God - to the land of promise.
Copyright [C] 1995 Open Doors International. Used by permission.
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Day by Day with the Persecuted Church
compiled by Jan Pit with a forward by Brother Andrew (paperback, revised 2000)
Compelling wisdom from the pen of actual believers living amidst persecution, you'll be connected to the suffering, courage, and depth of life that exists in the harshest places in the world. Each of these 365 thought-provoking devotions will deepen your understanding of Christian persecution and provoke you to pray for our brothers and sisters with a new found depth.