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Joshua’s Farewell to the People

The Israelites were in the Promised Land but their work was not finished. “Therefore, be very courageous to keep and do all that is written in the Book of the Law of Moses, lest you turn aside from it to the right hand or the left, and lest you go among these nations, these who remain among you.” (Josh 2: 6&7a NKJV)

Today people want to claim the promises of God without obeying the Bible or going forth to do what God expects of them. In the name of tolerance, we have accepted what should not be done…all you have to do is read Genesis to understand that. If you need a New Testament reference to grasp what a stench to the Lord this is, read Romans 1. We rub elbows with foreigners and accept their gods as we reject the One True God of the Universe. Joshua 23:11, “Therefore take careful heed to yourselves, that you love the Lord your God.” Can it be anymore clear?

If God would destroy His own people, will He not get rid of the evil of today? “When you have transgressed the covenant of the Lord your God, which He commanded you, and have gone and served other gods, and bowed down to them, then the anger of the Lord will burn against you and you shall perish quickly from the good land which He has given you.” (Joshua 23:16)

It seems many want to only focus on the love of God without obeying and they don’t obey because they have never read the whole Word of God. Even Jesus showed rath and anger against those who sinned against God. We go through trials in life but God calls us to persevere because these trials test our faith and produce patience (see James 1:2-3) Many lack wisdom and question how we are to gain wisdom. There is only one source for true wisdom and that is God, and God alone! We pray for answers and direction from God. His response is the written Word of God, the Bible. We must read the Bible daily to receive direction and yes, even wisdom concerning how we are to live.

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