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Jericho

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

    Joshua lay prostrate before the ark of the Lord all that evening. Yesterday, he had been a mighty warrior. Now Israel had lost the battle at Ai, all because one of the men with him had become greedy and broken the Lord's commandment concerning Jericho.

    When the Israelites crossed the Jordan River and entered the promised land, Jericho was the first city they faced. The Lord told them to take all the gold, silver, and valuables they found at Jericho and to put them in His treasury (Joshua 6:19). It was a "tithe" or "first fruits" offering to the Lord. They were to put God first. Israel could have all the treasure from the rest of the cities, but not the first one. It belonged to God.

    One of the soldiers, named Achan, took some of the loot from Jericho 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." Joshua was not to lay there a moment longer. He was being slowly swallowed in self-pity, anxiety, and fear of what might happen next 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 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. Amen!

    Note: For those following the Creation Photography weekly challenges, here is this week's theme from group leader, Dianna Wyles: Psalm 46:10 "He says, 'Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.'" ~ Our next fun-inspired theme is 'Standing Still' and is open wide for creative interpretation so have some fun! Stand still and see what beautiful creations you can capture! Have a fun-tastic week y'all! Be still and let's be a part of the exalting among the nations and earth, so the world will know what a wonderful Creator we have indeed. God Bless! Here is the link: Creation Photographers


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Kevin J. Eck
Kevin J. Eck Amen, Let me hear your your voice in ways I understand Father!
June 28, 2022
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Debi Burton
Debi Burton 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! ❤️
June 28, 2022
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Nell Neathery
Nell Neathery In Jesus' name, Amen!
June 29, 2022
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Daryl Page
Daryl Page Amen. Brother Imagine the things he saw being who he was to Moses. Not to forget the first time on the mountain Joshua was half way up. That would have been terrifying yet quickly turn into total awe of your circumstances. Blessings One Love PD
June 30, 2022
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Debi Burton
Debi Burton Amen
July 1, 2022
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Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Amen 

June 28, 2022
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Yvette York
Yvette York

Amen Good Morning Everyone 

June 28, 2022
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David  Earlywine
David Earlywine

Amen 

June 28, 2022
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Dana Rozell
Dana Rozell

Yes Amen

June 28, 2022
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Candy Laventure
Candy Laventure

Amen!

June 28, 2022
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Celeste Strenn
Celeste Strenn

Amen 

June 28, 2022
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David Krull
David Krull

Amen yes Lord. Thank you for  forgiveness. This is the day the Lord has made. I will rejoice and be glad in it. 

June 28, 2022
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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer

Yes amen Lord. 

June 28, 2022
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Lynn Brown
Lynn Brown

Please make Your will clear to me, Father. Amen.

June 28, 2022
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Wanda Pennington
Wanda Pennington

Amen and Amen. Thank you Lord!!

June 28, 2022
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Cathy Webb
Cathy Webb

YES! Each day a brand new day to rise up and serve the Lord! Thank you. Amen

June 28, 2022
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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson

Amen!! Alleluia!! Amen!!

June 28, 2022
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David Fabillaran
David Fabillaran

Amen Lord Jesus!

June 28, 2022
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John Smith
John Smith

AMEN!

June 28, 2022
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Scott Riegelmann
Scott Riegelmann

Amen, Help me to do your will Father for when I am weak you are strong 

June 28, 2022
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Sherry McCosh
Sherry McCosh

Amen! God will fight for us if we only will ask Him, God is always ready to help us when we ask and pray and put Him first in our Lives.

June 28, 2022
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Mari Kaufmann
Mari Kaufmann

God you r my hope. Amen

June 28, 2022
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Richard Mondello
Richard Mondello

Thank you Holy Spirit. In Lord Yeshua's name I ask this, Amen. 

June 29, 2022
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen! 

June 29, 2022