Vineyard Life Journal

An online forum for our church family to connect around our 2012 daily Bible reading plan using the S.O.A.P. method.

Day 80

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Welcome to Day 80 of our Life Journal!

Click here for today’s reading: Joshua 9, 10, 11; 1 Corinthians 6 (2012 Daily Bible Reading Plan)

Before you comment or read what I have posted, please read the following passages for yourself and complete your own S.O.A.P. exercise… How does this work?

S.O.A.P = Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer

S cripture

Joshua 9 “The Israelites sampled their provisions but

did not inquire of the LORD.”

(Oops.)

Joshua 10 “The sun stopped in the middle of the sky and delayed going down about a full day. 14 There has never been a day like it before or since, a day when the LORD listened to a human being. Surely the LORD was fighting for Israel!”

Joshua 10 “So Joshua subdued the whole region, including the hill country, the Negev, the western foothills and the mountain slopes, together with all their kings.

He left no survivors.

He totally destroyed all who breathed, just as the LORD, the God of Israel, had commanded. 41 Joshua subdued them from Kadesh Barnea to Gaza and from the whole region of Goshen to Gibeon. 42 All these kings and their lands Joshua conquered in one campaign, because the LORD, the God of Israel, fought for Israel.”

Joshua 11 “So Joshua took the entire land, just as the LORD had directed Moses, and he gave it as an inheritance to Israel according to their tribal divisions.

Then the land had rest from war.”

1 Corinthians 6 “Flee from sexual immorality. All other sins a person commits are outside the body, but whoever sins sexually, sins against their own body. 19 Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; 20 were bought at a price. Therefore

honor God with your bodies.”

O bservation

Over and over and over again we see that the Israelites were commanded to completely destroy their enemies. In other words, don’t mess with anything that could lead you astray or tempt you to turn away from the LORD.

Again today, it was clear to me that even though God had “given” the land to Israel, they still had to fight. Just that God was with them, ensuring their victory by his hand. Pretty cool that he allowed the sun to stay shining for a whole day as they fought.

Also, the brutality of their campaign is notable… men, women and children, all completely destroyed. The bodies of the kings hung on poles, then burned. Was that really necessary? Today you would be charged with gross abuse of a corpse. Even if it were the enemy in a war setting. We would never dream of doing something like that.

Recently when some of our military urinated on a corpse, it made national news… Imagine if they then set them on fire. Hard to comprehend some of this… isn’t it?

A pplication

Same application as it has been recently… put to death anything (not literally, just for the record…) that could cause you to turn from the Lord. (Avoid, turn away from…) And, even though God gives you something, you may still have to fight for it…

Sin is destructive. Scripture says we were bought with a price… “Therefor honor God with your bodies.” He owns it all, including our body. Or should…

P rayer

I need your strength to live for you. Give me the strength to fight the fights that need fought, and the wisdom I need to know your strategies… I trust that if the sun ever needs to stand still, you can do whatever needs to be done! You alone are the great and awesome God!

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3 thoughts on “Day 80

  1. What enemy seeks to draw you away from your purpose and destiny, from following the Lord fully? Psalms speaks of pursuing your enemies until there is not one left.

    And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.

    Such were some of you, were is a past tense word which means the past is the past.

    The present is the present. Now you are washed, now you are set apart, you are declared right with God through the name of Jesus. This is good news.

    Flee is a great word. If we flirt instead of fleeing we may end up going were we should not go. Look at what we should not look at and be led away from our purity. It’s tempting to flirt… and all people have certain things they know they should flee from.

    Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.

    Grieve not the Holy Spirit… who lives in you…. He is the one who is upon us, with us, and in us for a purpose. He is the one who leads, guides, speaks, encourages, teaches and convicts us. So honor God with your body.

    Rom 12:1-2 We honor God with our bodies, because of what He has done for us. He has shown us mercy in Jesus. Therefore, it’s only reasonable to honor Him and to worship Him in all we do.

    Jesus help me to flee from those things that would lead me away from you. Fill me with the good news. Fill me with the Holy Spirit. Help me honor you today in all I do. It’s only reasonable. I will worship you today in all I do.

  2. Nicole Marvin on said:

    So much war in these chapters in Joshua. Life can be hard. Our mission heavy. But God is always with us. I love Psalm 91-he is our defender & protector. We can live without fear-because we know he is stronger and greater than anyone or anything. I must be obedient. And quiet so that I can hear his directions.

    1 Cor. 6:9-10 “Do not fool yourselves; people who are immoral or who worship idols or are adulterers or homosexual perverts or who steal or are greedy or are drunkards or who slander others or are thieves-none of these will possess God’s kingdom.”

    After reading these, I thought about how we seem to have acceptable and unacceptable sins in the Christian community. We are appalled if someone has an affair or shoplifts, and feel so sorry for the alcoholic….but gossiping and greed seem like no big deal. If we want the kingdom of God in our lives-we must get rid of all immorality in our lives.

    Oh, Lord, please help me to be dedicated to you in all areas of my life. Help me to bring a smile to your face. Please help me to see any sin in my life.

    1 Cor. 6:12 “…I am not going to let anything make me its slave.”

    thought provoking…

    1 Cor. 6:17 “But he who joins himself to the Lord becomes spiritually one with him.”

    Woo hoo! What an exciting verse-to be one with our maker. I love this!

    1 Cor 6:20 “he bought you for a price. So use your bodies for God’s glory.”

    Thank you, Jesus! How can I use my self for God’s glory today?

  3. Time and time again, the Lord tells them not to be afraid of their enemies because they have been handed over to them. All they had to do was march forward and fight. I’m thankful that I don’t have to kill. Not my thing. Victory has already been secured through Christ. We are MORE than conquerors through He who loves us. So how do we fight then? Worship and prayer. Acts of kindness. I heard someone speaking recently who proclaimed, “The Kingdom of God coming down equals us going out.” How true.

    Lord, thank you for securing victory for us. We don’t give enough reverence to the power of Your holy name. Even though victory is secured, we still need to fight for Your kingdom. May we go out and reach people who need to know Your love and bring them to you.

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