Canaan Bound Brigade

My Journey to the Promised Land….

Be Strong and Courageous!

Joshua 4:24 (117 kb)

     When I found out I was going to be studying the book of Joshua in my Bible study I got really excited.  It seizes to amaze me that no matter where I am in His word, it always applies to me & whatever I’m going through at that time.  God’s word truly is the same yesterday, today and forever!

       The book of Joshua opens up with God commanding Joshua to take over for Moses.  I love how God didn’t ask Joshua if he wanted to lead the people into Canaan, He told him he was going to do it.   God is direct, even today.  God knew Joshua was probably nervous and overwhelmed with what He was asking.  As a result, He tells Joshua:

Joshua 1:9 Have I not commanded you?  Be strong and courageous.  Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”

     How comforting are those words?  God is speaking those same words to us today.  Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged.  Why? Because God Himself said He WILL be with us WHEREVER we go.  He doesn’t put us on a path and then hug us good-bye.  No, God puts us on our path and then takes the journey with us, each and every step.

      When it came time for the Israelites to cross the Jordan into Canaan,  Joshua once again immediately obeys God.  God tells Joshua to inform the priests that when they reach the edge of the Jordan’s waters, to go and stand in the river.  Bare in mind people, these priests are ALSO carrying the ark of the covenant.  Now I don’t know about you, but I have a hard time going into a river on a horse, let alone by myself, let alone carrying an ark.  I kept going back, trying to find the verse where the priests grumbled and told Joshua he was crazy.  As you all know, there is no such verse.  They too obeyed and walked in the raging river remembering what God had done at the Red Sea:

Joshua 4:23b The Lord your God did to the Jordan just what He had done to the Red Sea when He dried it up before us until we had crossed over.

     After the nation had crossed over the dry river, God asked Joshua to call 1 man from each of the 12 tribes. God wanted them to take a stone from the middle of the riverbed precisely where the priests stood and put them down where they were staying that night. God had them build a memorial as an everlasting reminder for generations to come.

     God is a God of miracles and He knows how we tend to forget all He has done.  We forget how powerful He is.  We have His amazing book filled with miracle upon miracle, hope against hope and yet when trials come (or we’re asked to step out of our comfort zone) we forget and fear, complain and/or argue with God.  Let’s look at the reminders God has given us in His word:

1 Chronicles 16:12 Remember the wonders he has done, his miracles, and the judgments he pronounced

Isaiah 41:10 fear not, for I am with you;  be not dismayed, for I am your God;  I will strengthen you, I will help you,  I will uphold you with my  righteous right hand

Matthew 19:26 But Jesus looked at them and said,  “With man this is impossible,  but with God all things are possible.”

Philippians 4:13  I can do all things through him who strengthens me.

2 Timothy 1:7 for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and  self-control.

     Whatever it is that God is asking you to do today, it is my prayer that you remember the miracles God has done in your life.  By remembering these miracles may you surrender to Him knowing that what He was capable of doing in the past (Red Sea), He is more than capable of doing in your future (Jordan River).  I know I’m going be remembering all God has done for me as I’m continuing on to Canaan.

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     Hi All~I was reading through my prior post on public prayer & felt I needed to clear up one thing 🙂  I have NO problem praying publicly with my family and/or Christian friends.   The situations I talked about in my post were with people who weren’t used to praying publicly, thus my concern on embarrassing them or making them feel uncomfortable 🙂 

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Public Prayer

Luke 12:8 (42 kb)

     My last post talked about how I witnessed to the driver of the vehicle that crashed into mine.  The comments I received from that post were very encouraging, but honestly the lady was very easy to witness to.  I know that is not always the case!  Sometimes you find yourself being convicted to witness to someone whom you don’t even want to talk to, let alone share the good news with.  THOSE are the people who deserve the accolades, the ones who reach out to the unreachable! 

     After thinking more about that post, I was reminded of a situation I was in last month.   My older son’s girlfriend was kind enough to invite me to spend the day with her at their college.  She knew I hadn’t had the time to tour their school so she thought it would be fun to show me around.  We had a GREAT time & ended the day by having lunch at a nearby restaurant.  When our food came, I was immediately convicted to pray.  I would love to tell you I asked her if she would mind if I prayed, but I didn’t.  I took the easy way out & privately thanked God for my food, not wanting to possibly embarrass her amongst all the other college students there eating.  Boy…was I convicted ALL day long!!! 

      So why didn’t I pray??!!  The peer pressure of not wanting to possibly embarrass her in front of all the other students.  I stupidly justified my decision thinking, “God will understand”.  Maybe He did, maybe He didn’t.  Personally, I think it was a little bit of both.  Here our some verses on God truly knowing us on the inside:

1 John 3:20 Our hearts may judge us. But God is greater than our hearts. He knows everything.

Acts 15:8a God knows the human heart.

     My heart was indeed judging me.  God knew I was torn, He knew in my heart I DID want to pray.  But He also knew I didn’t choose Him, I played it safe.  Rather then acknowledging God & praying out loud, I denied God & didn’t.  I was instantly reminded of this verse:

Matthew 10:33 But whoever disowns me before others, I will disown before my Father in heaven.

     I knew I had disowned God by not openly praying & I knew I couldn’t do that again.  I wanted this to be my verse:

Luke 12:8 What about someone who says in front of others that he knows me? I tell you, the Son of Man will say that He knows that person in front of God’s angels.

     Yesterday, I once again found myself at a restaurant having lunch with a friend.  When our food came, I did shamelessly start playing that, “To pray or not to pray?” game in my head.  But guess what…  this time I chose Him!  I grabbed my friend’s hand & told I her I wanted to pray before we ate & I did.  I didn’t look around to see if anyone was watching me,  I just prayed.  You know what? It felt GREAT choosing God!  I’m praying that you too will choose God the next time you’re in a similar situation.  I know I feel much better that I did as I’m continuing on to Canaan.

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Accident?!

 Last Friday afternoon my younger boys & I were involved in a car accident.  I had stopped at a 4 way stop & was 3/4 of the way through the intersection when BAM someone rammed into the passenger side of my car.   The other driver told me she was visiting from up North & was lost.  As a result, she was looking down at her phone trying to understand the directions it was giving her.  Once she saw the damage to my car & that I had my boys in the car with me she started hysterically crying.  The front end of her car was completely smashed too.

      Thankfully, I was 2 blocks away from my friend’s house.  She immediately came & got the boys & took them back to her home while I stayed with the lady & waited for AAA.  I felt really bad for her as not only was she just visiting, but she was young too, in her early 30’s.  I told her I was a Christian & asked her if she believed in God.  She shook her head yes.  I then told her that rather than focusing on all the terrible things that just happened, why don’t we focus on the grace that God had shown us instead.  So looked at me like I was crazy, but I didn’t care & started naming them:

     1) Both of my boys were asleep when she hit me.  By the time they woke up, the accident was over so they have no recollection of what happened.

     2) Even though she hit me going full speed, the passenger door took all the force & as a result I was able to drive my car to the side of the street as well as drive it home & then to the repair shop.  Another blessing was that the passenger window WAS rolled up, but by God’s grace it didn’t shatter, nor did any of the  damaged door push itself into the car.  The inside of my car shows ZERO damage!

     3) My boys were able to go home with my friend vs sitting on the sidewalk with us for 2 hours…that was HUGE!!

     4) I told the lady she was VERY blessed that she hit me & not a pedestrian crossing the street, as she would’ve either killed them or  seriously injured them.

     5) The lady has 2 small children who by the grace of God weren’t in the car with her at the time.

     6) No one was hurt.  As upset as she was about her car & mine, I proceeded to tell her that our cars were materialistic things with no Heavenly value.  They are cars & can be replaced!

     7) There was a witness who pulled over & saw the whole thing & verified she had run the stop sign in case she later changed her story.

     I ended up sitting on the sidewalk with her for about 2 hours while we waited for her car to be towed.  She knew I didn’t have to stay with her & was very grateful I did.  I knew God was providing me with a GREAT opportunity to share His love with her & I did 🙂  When the tow truck finally arrived I asked her if I could pray with her.  She said sure & I did with my arm around her.  I’m praying that God will grow that seed I planted in her & change her life as a result.  Wouldn’t that be the BEST blessing?!    

     The next day we were at the football field.  I was sharing with my friend about the accident & she just couldn’t believe God was giving us one more thing to deal with.  At that EXACT moment, my 8-year-old ran up all excited about something he found in the trash while throwing something away.  He found a brand new Bible cover with this on the front:

     I laughed & told my friend that I think God just answered how to handle what He gives us 🙂  I’m thankful for those words that my boy found & I’m cherishing them as I’m continuing on to Canaan.

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