April 19

Joshua 19:1-20:9; Luke 19:28-48; Psalm 88:1-18; Proverbs 13:12-14

Once all the land was divided, there was one more land designation that God wanted to make. It was the creation of cities of refuge. These cities were safe places to go in case someone had made an accidental mistake and they needed a fresh start.

Because the ruling law was “an eye for an eye”, even though someone made a mistake and took another person’s life, they were liable to die unless they made it to the city of refuge. This City of Refuge was a safe place and a new beginning for the person. They would remain there in the city of refuge until the priest died. Once the priest died, all former judgments were cancelled.

God cared enough about His people that He did not leave them to die when they made mistakes. This is an act of love and this was in the Old Testament. So, if God could handle people’s mistakes under the Old Covenant, how much more does God have a city of refuge for you in this New Covenant?

In Christ, all of your mistakes, failings and failures, are all forgiven and you have a fresh start. Thank God today that Jesus is your refuge. He keeps you safe from the penalty of your sins!

Tomorrow’s Reading:  Joshua 21:1-22:20; Luke 20:1-26; Psalm 89:1-13; Proverbs 13:15-16

April 18

Joshua 16:1-18:28; Luke 19:1-27; Psalm 87:1-7; Proverbs 13:11

You would think that after Israel spent 400 years in slavery that God would just give them the Promised Land. But, all He gave them was a promise. They had to wage war to possess what God had promised. There were 7 tribes that had yet to possess their land. Was it because God had changed His mind? No, because they had not fought to claim the land.

It is in the process of fighting that we get a real appreciation of the value of the inheritance that we’ve been given. For the Israelites, they had to fight to possess the land, so that they could survey it and then it was apportioned. For all that God has in store for you, are you willing to fight for it in order to see how big and precious it is?

You are a partner with God in claiming your inheritance. You have been given the tools right now to discover your inheritance. The question is, are you using what God has given you effectively?  This is what we see in the Parable of the Talents. Each servant was given enough to show their faithfulness and good stewardship. Two used theirs well and one did not.

Will you be counted among those who fought to possess God’s promises or those who just stopped short and never entered in? Fight for your right to possess God’s inheritance for you. What does the fight look like? Standing firm against the temptations of the devil and standing firm in faith. Your destiny is waiting on you!

Tomorrow’s Reading: Joshua 19:1-20:9; Luke 19:28-48; Psalm 88:1-18; Proverbs 13:12-14

April 17

Joshua 15:1-63; Luke 18:18-43; Psalm 86:1-17; Proverbs 13:9-10

God’s got a blessing with your name on it! As you read through this entire list, you see that everyone’s name is on it. Every inch of the Promised Land was allotted. It makes you wonder, “What inheritance that was designated for me has gone unclaimed?”

Often we disqualify ourselves from receiving our inheritance. We feel that we don’t deserve certain blessings because of our past (or even our present). Think of your family line. How many generations have served God? Are you the first? Or, are you in a long line of believers?  Either way, there is a godly inheritance that God has reserved for you. It’s yours for the claiming.

They have services that search through public records to see if there is any unclaimed money for you. Well, as a Believer, if you are not living in the abundance of God in every area of your life, you still have unclaimed blessings. If previous generations of believers did not walk in this abundance, it is waiting on you to receive it.

Purpose in your heart today that you will not let any inheritance go unclaimed for another day. Receive it all today and remain in expectation that every spiritual and natural blessing will manifest and expand in your generation!

Tomorrow’s Reading: Joshua 16:1-18:28; Luke 19:1-27; Psalm 87:1-7; Proverbs 13:11

April 15

Joshua 11:1-12:24; Luke 17:11-37; Psalm 84:1-12; Proverbs 13:5-6

Are there things that frighten you? How about being challenged by every nation in a 100 mile radius? How about all your enemies joining forces to defeat you and shame you? This is what Israel was up against. These kings had trained armies and the most sophisticated fighting machines of the time. They had horses, chariots, armor and weapons.

Israel had spent 40 years in the wilderness and all the people who were knowledgeable about war had died. Israel had the numbers but they did not have the experience to defeat these foreign armies. It would have been a challenge to beat over 30 nations individually, but almost impossible all at once. They really needed a supernatural victory!

Well thank God, that is the kind of God He is! He will take what seemingly appears impossible and with Him it becomes possible. When all these nations rallied against Israel they were certain Israel would fall. But what they didn’t realize was that they made God’s job easier. Rather than fighting them one at a time, they were able to topple over a dozen at one time. Don’t you ever fear when enemies or challenges rise up against you!

Your God is The Lord of Heaven’s Armies (Lord Sabaoth). He knows how to fight and win! He has marshaled all the forces of heaven to fight on your behalf. When your enemy comes against you one way, they will flee seven different ways. God will not leave you alone when your persecutors unite against you. He will defend you!

Tomorrow’s Reading: Joshua 13:1-14:15; Luke 18:1-17; Psalm 85:1-13; Proverbs 13:7-8

April 14

Joshua 9:3-10:43; Luke 16:19-17:10; Psalm 83:1-18; Proverbs 13:4

It is not a small thing to listen to the Lord’s leading. God gave Joshua very specific instructions to clear out all the people in the land so that Israel could live in peace and prosperity. A group from Gibeon was afraid that they would be destroyed so they launched a deceptive plan to sign a treaty with Joshua to save their lives.

The Gibeonites played their part well and Joshua fell for it! Only after the Israelites gave their word that the Gibeonites were safe did Joshua and the leaders learn that these strangers were not from a distant country. How were they able to be so easily tricked? Here is the answer: “they did not consult the Lord.” (Joshua 9:14). Joshua and the leaders did not do what God told them to do.

The greatest asset you have as you interact with the world and people whose intentions are not pure, is to let God lead you. God knows the hearts of people and He searches out their hearts. He knows things that you cannot know and God sees things that you cannot see. Why would you launch out without His leading? Only trouble can arise from self-reliance! Purpose in your heart today to let Jesus lead you every moment of every day. When you do this, you will never be tricked or taken advantage of.

Tomorrow’s Reading: Joshua 11:1-12:24; Luke 17:11-37; Psalm 84:1-12; Proverbs 13:5-6

April 13

Joshua 7:16-9:2; Luke 16:1-18; Psalm 82:1-8; Proverbs 13:2-3

Today, we see an Old Testament reality of disobedience to God’s command. It cost Achan and his whole family their lives. What was it that Achan did that was so wrong? After all, he had fought in the battle and shouldn’t he be able to enjoy the spoils of war?

Under normal conditions, yes, Achan would have been able to enjoy the spoils. But, before they went into battle, God was clear that everything was to be destroyed because it was dedicated to Him. This seems strange because as soon as they go to fight Ai, God tells Joshua that the people can enjoy the spoils. Why couldn’t Achan enjoy the spoils of Jericho?

The biggest challenge for us as humans is to put God first in everything. Our desires usually win out so that God is last on our list– if He is on the list at all! God wanted the spoils from Jericho because it was the first city that they conquered (In fact, they didn’t do anything but walk around and shout). So, as an act of humility and to show God that He was more valuable than the treasures, they were to destroy it all.

Have you ever noticed how “things” distract us? Our never-ending drive to have more (which is covetousness and materialism) pollutes us and causes us to put the gifts before the giver. God wants you to enjoy the best of everything–He really does! But, it cannot come through disobedience and materialism. Give God your first and best in every area (time, talent and treasure) and then He will make certain that the rest is blessed!

Tomorrow’s Reading: Joshua 9:3-10:43; Luke 16:19-17:10; Psalm 83:1-18; Proverbs 13:4

April 12

Joshua 5:1-7:15; Luke 15:1-32; Psalm 81:1-16; Proverbs 13:1

When Israel gets into the Promised Land, God instructs Joshua to circumcise all the men. This was a sign of the covenant that God had with His people. At the conclusion of the circumcision, God says that “the reproach of Egypt” has been rolled away!

To reproach is to show disapproval. All through the wilderness journey, God  repeatedly disapproved of  His children’s behavior. The more God did for Israel, the more they seemed to stray from His path.  Even when they renewed their covenant with Him, they were the same people after the circumcision as they were before. The only difference was the presence of the covenant.

Now, fast forward to the New Testament. Jesus comes to give us a New Covenant (Testament) that is founded on grace. In the same way that the Old Testament covenant removed the reproach, so does the New Testament covenant. In Christ, Jesus does not disapprove of  you. God does not disapprove of you! You are Righteous– through and through! Not because of you, but because of Jesus’ Blood Covenant!

Remove all feelings like you are unworthy or awaiting God’s judgment. God loves you and has made a better covenant with you! God is pleased with you! You are the Apple of His Eye! You are His Beloved Child! Receive! Receive! Receive!

Tomorrow’s Reading: Joshua 7:16-9:2; Luke 16:1-18; Psalm 82:1-8; Proverbs 13:2-3

April 11

Joshua 3:1-4:24; Luke 14:7-35; Psalm 80:1-19; Proverbs 12:27-28

The big day finally arrived for Israel. They were crossing into the land that God had promised their ancestors. As they prepared to go forward through this open door, God tells them to have the priests carry the Ark first. The Ark represents the presence and power of God. God lays out a pattern for us to follow as we face situations and opportunities in life.

When the Ark went first, a pathway was made. The Israelites did not have to find their own way across the river, God made a way for them and He will make a way for you! The self-reliant will take matters in their own hands and try to forge ahead. The God-dependent person will not make a move unless God leads the way.

You may be facing big meetings, challenges, opportunities, don’t enter on your own. Let God’s presence and power precede you! In this way, your victory will be assured because your God is a mountain moving, sea splitting, river opening God.

Tomorrow’s Reading: Joshua 5:1-7:15; Luke 15:1-32; Psalm 81:1-16; Proverbs 13:1

April 10

Deuteronomy 34:1-Joshua 2:24; Luke 13:22-14:6; Psalm 79:1-13; Proverbs 12:26

Moses is considered by the Bible as the greatest prophet. In fact, the Bible says that there was never another prophet like him in Israel. Moses was so close to God that he could meet with God face to face.

You will recall in Numbers when Miriam and Aaron murmured against Moses’ leadership and his choice of wife that God informed them that Moses maintained a special relationship with Him because God even shared His secrets with Moses. As we see Moses’ leadership end and Joshua’s begin, it really makes you ask, “Where am I in my relationship with God?”

If someone had to ask God what He thought of you, what would He say? Moses clearly wasn’t perfect. Moses became angry and disobeyed God. He was far from perfect. Moses couldn’t even enter into the Promised Land because of His actions. Yet, God says this “failed” leader was the closest to Him. How can this be?

Well, Moses knew how to rely on God even when he made mistakes. When pressures mounted and Moses needed direction, He went to God. He relied on God completely. How about you? Are you independent of God? Or, are you fully dependent on God? Moses’ heart was always connected with God’s heart. The same can be true of you. Desire to have that close relationship with God. He’ll show you more than you could ever think.

Tomorrow’s Reading: Joshua 3:1-4:24; Luke 14:7-35; Psalm 80:1-19; Proverbs 12:27-28

April 9

Deuteronomy 33:1-29; Luke 13:1-21; Psalm 78:65-72; Proverbs 12:25

God values productivity. Jesus told a parable about a man who had an unproductive fig tree. The farmer had a choice: cut it down, cut his losses and start over or nurture the tree a little longer in the hopes that it would produce as it was designed. The farmer agrees to the latter plan.

Why does God want you to be productive? First, because He knows that He created you to be productive. Everything in creation has a purpose and reproduces after its own kind. God expects His sons and daughters to live productive lives. Second, He expects fruitfulness because He knows that He has invested in each of us.

When you look at your life, are you really being as productive for God as He would expect? Is there more you could and should be doing? Is there some additional fertilizer that you need so that you can be more productive?

Whatever you need, seek for it earnestly so that you can live your life being productive for the One who created you!

Tomorrow’s Reading: Deuteronomy 34:1-Joshua 2:24; Luke 13:22-14:6; Psalm 79:1-13; Proverbs 12:26