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A Line in the Sand

  • Yahweh said to Joshua, 'Get up! Why have you fallen on your face like that?' Joshua 7:10 WEB

    Joshua lay on his face before the ark of the Lord all evening. Yesterday he was a mighty warrior, but now Israel had lost the battle at Ai because one of the men with him had broken the Lord's commandment concerning the loot of Jericho.

    When they crossed the Jordan river into the promised land, Jericho was the first city that they faced. All of the gold and silver and valuables were to be brought into the Lord's treasury (Joshua 6:19). It was a 'tithe' or 'first fruits' offering to the Lord.

    Israel could have all the rest of the cities, but not the first one. It was God's. One of the soldiers named Achan, took some of the gold from Jericho anyway and hid it in his tent. Then God turned away from them, and Israel lost the next battle at Ai.

    Joshua was betrayed, and though it was not his fault, it certainly affected him. As he lay on his face, crying out to the Lord in pain, hurt, depression, defeat, and wondering what to do next, an answer came.

    The Lord had a solution: "Get up! Deal with the past, and let's go." He was not to lay there a moment longer, as he was being slowly swallowed in self pity, anxiety, and fear of what might happen because of this defeat. So Joshua got up, dealt with it, and he was never defeated in battle again.

    We can make a fresh start in life today just like this. We can turn around at any point and begin to put God first, believe and trust in Him to take care of us. It is time to draw a line in the sand that we will no longer cross. To commit to the Lord Jesus, and not compromise for a cheap temporary thrill. To break from the destructive patterns of our past.

    If you have something that is haunting you today, do what Joshua did: Lay before the Lord and pray until you get your answer. The strength, wisdom, and encouragement to deal with it will soon come. Then make a fresh start with a clean slate, because today is the first day of the rest of your life. Make it count.

    Prayer: Heavenly Father please forgive me of my sins and cleanse me from all unrighteousness. Wash me and I will be clean. Give me a fresh start today. Make my choices clear and speak to me in ways that I understand, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray.

    Note: "if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land." (2 Chron 7:14). If you have a prayer need, we are here for you! We and the prayer team are ready to lift you up at our private prayer page: RHM Prayer Network


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Debi Burton
Debi Burton Jehovah.... please lead the way and give us the wisdom and the patient to follow your ways , thank you for RHM , Amen
Jan 2
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Joseph Adams, Jr.
Joseph Adams, Jr.

Amen.

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Yvette York
Yvette York

Amen

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Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Amen!

Jan 2
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Gloria Nebarez
Gloria Nebarez

Amen , a fresh start , thank you Jesus !

Jan 2
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Makeysha Perkins
Makeysha Perkins

Thankyou Lord Amen.

Jan 2
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David and Dianna Wyles
David and Dianna Wyles

Prayer: Heavenly Father please forgive me of my sins and cleanse me from all unrighteousness. Wash me and I will be clean. Give me a fresh start today. Make my choices clear and speak to me in ways that I understand, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray. Amen ~Thank you

Jan 2
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Wanda Pennington
Wanda Pennington

Father forgive me of all my sins and cleanse me from all unrighteousness. Wash me and I will be clean. Give me a fresh start today. Speak to me in ways that I understand, in the name of Jesus I pray. Amen

Jan 2
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Mari Kaufmann
Mari Kaufmann

Dear God please make a way for us. Help us to make it dear God. Open my mind and give me real faith. thank you for all your blessings. Praise GOD. Amen. 

Jan 2
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Jim Jarrell
Jim Jarrell

Amen! God has standards that we must meet, prayer is the only way to know them.

Jan 2
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David &amp; Dianna Earlywine
David & Dianna Earlywine

Amen,God lead us and we will follow.We love and worship you.

Jan 2
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Lynn Brown
Lynn Brown

Thank You Father for a new year and fresh start! Help me to follow Your will, Amen.

Jan 2
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Elaine Tomasello
Elaine Tomasello

Thank You Lord! Help me to be what You want me to be - what You know I can be! Amen!!

Jan 2
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Kathie Byram Lopez
Kathie Byram Lopez

Anen .Lord help me .

Jan 2
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Kevin J. Eck
Kevin J. Eck

 Amen,

Jan 2
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Jose Simo
Jose Simo

Heavenly Father, I know You have help me with my transgressions but still need to learn. Lead me and I will follow Your designs and do what You want me to do. In Jesus name I pray, Amen. Hear my prayers oh Lord. 

Thank you Pastor for this devotional, God bless. 

 

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Mary  Ann
Mary Ann

Amen!!! ❣✝❣

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Perry Robertson
Perry Robertson

Amen!

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Audry Reddy
Audry Reddy

Amen! Happy New Year to you, Pastor Dion, Sylvia and all at Refreshing Hope ministries!!

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Mary  Ann
Mary Ann

Amen !!! ❣✝❣

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Perry Robertson
Perry Robertson

Amen Audry!

Jan 3
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Roseanne Braverman
Roseanne Braverman

A fresh start for the new year!

May God Bless each and everyone of you in the New Year:)

Jan 2
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen!

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Sandra Colby
Sandra Colby

PRAISE THE LORD

Jan 3
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Marilyn Salter
Marilyn Salter

I am so grateful for the emails I get each day. Joshua is one of my favorite fellas and I pray I have 1/10 of the faith he had. I try to remember that with each new day, it’s a new start. Thank you for the message

Jan 3