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Joshua 21:1-22:20
1 Then the leaders of the tribe of Levi came to consult with Eleazar the priest, Joshua son of Nun, and the leaders of the other tribes of Israel. 2 They spoke to them at Shiloh in the land of Canaan, saying, "The LORD instructed Moses to give us towns to live in and pasturelands for our cattle." 3 So by the command of the LORD the Levites were given as their inheritance the following towns with their pasturelands.

God promised but the Levites had to ask for what God promised. This seems to be a principal we should still use today. I am reminded of Hebrew’s 4:16 that encourages us to come boldly to the throne of grace … Often we know or think we are suppose to receive something and if we think we are not going to get what we have been promised we don’t bother to ask. Since we don’t get what we want, we begin to sulk and start to hold grudges against either God or against the person we believe God was working through.

The first three verses of Joshua are letting me know that it is O.K. to ask for what we have been promised just as long as we are asking the right person after having gone boldly to God with our request and direction.
Luke 20:1-16

I believed I touched on this before when we read through this in Matthew (21) and Mark (11), but just as the religious leaders challenged Jesus’ Authority, sometimes we may find someone challenging how we read the “text,” they may even challenge our authority to even read the Bible. I know because in my B.S. (Before Salvation) days I use to challenge people who I saw reading the Bible on public transportation. No, I did more than challenge them; I cursed them out! Be careful who you allow to challenge your right to read the Word, if an unqualified person questions your authority, question his or hers right to challenge you, just like Jesus.

Psalm 89:1-13

11 The heavens are yours, and the earth is yours;
Everything in the world is yours--you created it all.

It’s amazing to think that there is nothing that God doesn’t’ own everything we see, feel, touch, taste and smell belongs to Him so nothing we claim to pocess is ours we are only stewards of His possession and we will have to give an account of how we use what belongs to Him.
Proverbs 13:15-16
16 Wise people think before they act; fools don't and even brag about it!

Couldn’t understand how “fools” brag but I remember overhearing conversations and participating in discussions where “fools” bragged about their foolishness only I didn’t realize they were bragging. Check bouncers who bounced more checks than the New York Knicks bounce balls; criminals who discus their new and improved criminal tricks they committed just before they got caught the last time and went to jail trading their useless criminality tricks with other foolish crooks.

Grace and peace,
Ramona

This is a great reminder that because of Christ we are free to go boldy as a family member before God and ask for help.

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Mike and everyone,
Joshua 22:5 (Amplified Bible)
5 But take diligent heed to do the commandment and the law which Moses the servant of the Lord charged you: to love the Lord your God and to walk in all His ways and to keep His commandments and to cling to and unite with Him and to serve Him with all your heart and soul [your very life].
Appreciate God's reminder in this verse very much!.
May we believers take diligent heed to do the commandment and the law which God and His faithful servants charge us: to love the Lord our God and to walk in all His ways;
to keep His commandments;
and to each day cling to Him, unite with Him, and to serve Him with all our heart and soul.
Father please help us in doing so!
pray in our Lord Jesus' name, amen.
Psalm 89:13 (Amplified Bible)
13 You have a mighty arm; strong is Your hand, Your right hand is soaring high.
A sister-in-Christ shared lately that she struggles a lot with fear; and I definitely have struggled with fear too. This verse reminds me of our God's almighty strength, with Him we can gain victory in all circumstances.
Father, please give us more faith to fight our fears! pray this in Jesus' name, amen.

Sincerely,
Joyce

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