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Crossing the River

  • Now after the death of Moses the servant of Yahweh, Yahweh spoke to Joshua the son of Nun, Moses' servant, saying, 'Moses my servant is dead. Now therefore arise, go across this Jordan, you and all these people, to the land which I am giving to them, even to the children of Israel. I have given you every place that the sole of your foot will tread on, as I told Moses. Joshua 1:1'3 WEB.

    Painful memories had to come to Joshua's mind when the Lord told him to cross the Jordan river to finally lead the Israelites into the promised land. He had been there once before. Joshua was now about eighty years old, but forty years earlier, he, his friend Caleb, and ten others had explored that land. When they returned, and some of their group spoke of giants who lived there, the people became paralyzed with fear. Instead of sticking with the plan and obeying God as they should have, they decided to stone Moses, appoint a new leader, and then return to Egypt.

    God gave them a chance to enter the promised land, but they said, "We cannot do this!" So they wandered in the wilderness for forty years until that entire unbelieving generation died off. Then the Lord brought the next generation to the river and told them to cross over. Joshua and Caleb were the only two left who were part of the last crossing. Even Moses had passed on.

    Joshua had to ask himself, 'Will the people actually go this time, or will we have to take some more laps around that mountain over there?' I am sure he breathed a sigh of relief once they had actually crossed the Jordan River and were on the other side. At least they had made it across the river this time. God had filtered out the unbelievers.

    "Now I desire to remind you, though you already know this, that the Lord, having saved a people out of the land of Egypt, afterward destroyed those who didn't believe" (Jude 1:5).

    If you feel God is telling you to do something, don't let fear hold you back. You can go so far and accomplish so much if you will just step out in faith and trust Him. Be like the ones that trusted God to take care of them and crossed the river. Our God can do what He said He would do. So don't give up and lay down your sword in the middle of the battle. See it through to the very end. Those who trust in Him will not be disappointed.

    Prayer: Heavenly Father, I choose to trust in You today, for You are everything to me. Please lead me, and I will follow. Point the way, and I will go. Put Your words in my mouth, and I will share them with others. In the name of Jesus Christ, I pray. Amen!

    Note: Ladies, today is Thankful Thursday at the "Ladies in Distress" group (our RHM women's group)! You are welcome to join in our weekly sharing of thankfulness for the Lord's presence and any blessings you may have experienced, big or small! "Ladies in Distress" is a private group, so if you have any problems joining, just post anywhere and we will help you :). Here is the link: Ladies in Distress


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Matthew  Materazzi
Matthew Materazzi Thank you Lord
Feb 18
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Marilyn Salter
Marilyn Salter Lord, I am flawed, but I am humble and I only ask for the light that shines in me to shine so bright with the love that you fill me with. Use me as You see fit and I pray I do a good job for You.
Feb 19
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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer

Yes Lord Jesus, amen and amen 

Feb 18
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Stacie Chambers-Franklin
Stacie Chambers-Franklin

Amen. 

Feb 18
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Patricia Walker
Patricia Walker

Amen. Faith over fear. Heavenly Father, You are my everything. Amen

Feb 18
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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jacksonedited: Feb 18

Dear Lord, I trust you with every breath of my being, though at times I may have doubts and fears of the unknown, I know deep in my soul that you will ALWAYS be with me throughout my journey and that no matter what, You ALWAYS have my best interest at heart!  I know this for a fact because You have seen me through some very difficult and at times unbearable events that I have experienced in my life. I thank you for the love and compassion you shower me with and I am so blessed and thankful for Your most precious Son Jesus Christ!  In Jesus most precious name I pray, Amen!!

Feb 18
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Mari Kaufmann
Mari Kaufmann

My trust and hope in you dear God is all I have. Thank you for your love. Praise God Praise Jesus Amen

Feb 18
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Scott Riegelmann
Scott Riegelmann

Amen your ways are always the best way thank you Father for my measure of faith and for loving me more than I deserve.

Feb 18
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Celeste Strenn
Celeste Strenn

Amen 

Feb 18
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Linda Clark
Linda Clark

Amen 

Feb 18
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Yvette York
Yvette York

Amen Good Morning Everyone 

Feb 18
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Patricia Walker
Patricia Walker

Amen. "Create in me a clean heart, O God, and put a new and right spirit within me".  Psalms 51:10. Amen

Feb 18
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Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Amen, Father my trust is in You only. Lead me where I need to be. Father I  sing Praises and Thanks 

Feb 18
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Dave and Sue Earlywine
Dave and Sue Earlywine

Thank you Jesus for all our blessings.We love and worship you. Amen 

Feb 18
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Richard Mondello
Richard Mondello

In Jesus name I ask,Amen. 

Feb 18
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Pranoti  Kumar
Pranoti Kumar

Amen n Amen

Beautiful prayer Pastor.

Thanks n God bless

Feb 18
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Lynn Brown
Lynn Brown

Father, please lead me where You want me to go and make the way perfectly clear to me, I love You! Amen.

Feb 18
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Keyana Mallory
Keyana Mallory

Amen 

Feb 18
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Wanda Pennington
Wanda Pennington

Amen 

Feb 18
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Jose Simo
Jose Simo

Heavenly Father I humbly ask You to put Your word in my mouth to speak it to those in need of You, lead me and I will follow. I need to have Your caring word to be as You wants me to be, in Jesus Christ name I pray. Amen. Thank You Lord for Your forgiveness, Amen. 

Thank you Pastor and Sylvia for this great devotional, always waiting for your daily devotionals. God bless you both, Amen. 

Feb 18
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Richard Mondello
Richard Mondello

In Jesus name Amen brother. 

Feb 19
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Bella Colliander
Bella Colliander

Yes Lord, use me for the glory of our Father.  Amen..........

 

Feb 18
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Cathy Webb
Cathy Webb

Praise the Lord for Joshua's obedience! Lord, You are everything to me. Deepen my faith! AMEN

Feb 18
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen!

Feb 19