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1 Corinthians 4:2

September 19

Moreover it is required in stewards that one be found faithful

Focus and faithfulness go together like faith and works. Without works, our faith is dead. Without faithfulness, our focus fizzles.

An overwhelming lack of faithfulness exists around us. Temporary commitments abound. We find a world grown weary of doing good (Galatians 6:9). The moment that faithfulness runs up against discomfort, it fades.

True faithfulness is demonstrated in the difficult times. God desires a people who are faithful to read and obey His Word. He desires a people who pray continually – believing that He will respond. He wants a people who serve faithfully in even the small things. He wants a people who are faithful to bring their hearts to enter His gates with praise.

Faithfulness comes easily when life flows smoothly. But on the hardest day of your life, how do you remain focused and faithful? When trouble looms on every side?

You may not see the way through. Take one more step of faith. You may feel absolutely alone. Take one more step. When the darkness presses in, take one more step. Remain focused on the promise that He made to you. Remain faithful to take just one more step.

On the path that He opens before you, He waits with hands outstretched. He has not abandoned you. He is working everything out for your good.

Blessing: 

May the Lord bless you and keep you. May the Lord make His face to shine upon you and be gracious unto you and give you His peace. Even in the difficult times, may God empower you with focus and faithfulness. May every step be one of purpose and perseverance until you possess the promise He has given!

Today's Bible Reading: 

Old Testament

Isaiah 33:13-36:22

New Testament 

Galatians 5:13-26

Psalms & Proverbs

Psalm 64:1-10

Proverbs 23:23

 

 

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Hebrews 12:1-2

September 18

…let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

When facing our personal Jericho, we have learned that we must work while we wait. We must be faithful. While we are waiting, we must remain focused.

We all begin with energy and expectation, passion and purpose. But what do we do when those things begin to wane in the reality of our situations? When every step looks the same? How do we plow through the monotony?

For the Israelites, the solution was to have a vision. They saw their destiny up ahead – full of the promise and potential that God had stored up for them. They made it through day three – not because of the idea that they would do the same thing on days four, five, and six – but because they knew that day seven held the promise of a shout!

Some lose focus because of the pain in their past, the problem in their present, or the fear of the future. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus; He is the Author and the Finisher of our faith. He will lead us to the joy that He has set before us.

Blessing: 

May the Lord bless you and keep you. May the Lord make His face to shine upon you and be gracious unto you and give you His peace. May God establish your steps and renew your vision for His promise. May you move forward in the strength and power of His name!

Today's Bible Reading: 

Old Testament

Isaiah 30:12-33:12

New Testament 

Galatians 5:1-12

Psalms & Proverbs

Psalm 63:1-11

Proverbs 23:22

 

 

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Psalm 18:30

September 17

As for God, His way is perfect; the word of the Lord is proven; He is a shield to all who trust in Him.

Joshua could not take down the walls of Jericho alone; he needed the children of Israel to help him carry out God’s unique battle plan. As their leader, Joshua did something extraordinary.

Instead of positioning himself at the forefront of the parade, he made the Ark of the Covenant the central focus of every Israelite. The Ark represented God’s presence among His people; it contained His promises to them. Surrounded by the priests, warriors, and people, the Ark was at the center of their laps around Jericho.

They kept the Word of God and His presence in sight. As you march, remember to keep Jesus at the very center of your endeavors as though your life depends on Him. If you follow a mere man, you will receive only the best that he can give. But, if you follow a limitless God, He will give you more than you can imagine.

Open the Word of God to meet Him in the pages. Find direction and hope to conquer darkness and provide courage for another lap. It always accomplishes what it is sent out to do.

When you are walking around the most difficult issue in your life, keeping His presence and His promises at the center will lead you to victory.

Blessing: 

May the Lord bless you and keep you. May the Lord make His face to shine upon you and be gracious unto you and give you His peace. As you keep Jesus at the center, may His presence surround you. May His Word strengthen and encourage you. In Him, victory is sure!

Today's Bible Reading: 

Old Testament

Isaiah 28:14-30:11

New Testament 

Galatians 3:23-4:31

Psalms & Proverbs

Psalm 62:1-12

Proverbs 23:19-21

 

 

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1 Corinthians 15:58

September 16

Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.

When God gave Jericho to Joshua, it did not come gift-wrapped with a pretty bow set on top. Instead, God told Joshua, “You will march.” If the walls of Jericho were to fall, work was to be part of the equation.

The walls of Jericho fell…by faith. And since faith without works is dead (James 2:17), we see that work was holding faith’s hand. Everywhere faith is found in His Word, work exists right alongside it.

After God gave Joshua his marching orders, he rose early the next morning. He did not delay to do what God asked. He did not waste time whining; complaint is a restraint. He put the plan into action.

Joshua was not where he wanted to be…yet. He went to work right where he was. He knew that God was too wise to be mistaken and too loving to be unkind. He worked while he waited for the fulfillment of God’s promise.

We work while we wait! We march around the walls. We speak His truth. We extend His heart. We put our hands to the task before us. And every step of faith brings us one step closer to the shout of victory.

Blessing: 

May the Lord bless you and keep you. May the Lord make His face to shine upon you and be gracious unto you and give you His peace. May whining, complaining, and procrastination have no place in your life. May you co-labor with Christ until His kingdom comes and His will is done here on earth as it is in heaven!

Today's Bible Reading: 

Old Testament

Isaiah 25:1-28:13

New Testament 

Galatians 3:8-22

Psalms & Proverbs

Psalm 61:1-8

Proverbs 23:17-18

 

 

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Hebrews 11:30

September 15

By faith the walls of Jericho fell down after they were encircled for seven days.

The daunting walls of Jericho stood between the children of Israel and the Promised Land. If not for God, those walls were their mission impossible.

You may face the walls of a personal Jericho that are impossible for you to bring down on your own. But remember! God’s power begins where your strength ends. Even though every step of every lap must be walked before the wall crumbles, you walk by faith in a God Who makes the impossible possible.

Rather than analyzing the issue from every angle, choose to address your Jericho. You cannot change what you will not confront or finish what you are unwilling to begin. The victory of day seven only occurs after a first step is taken on day one. By faith, take the first teetering step that leads to freedom and laying hold of the promises of God to you.

One step in front of the other, one day after another we walk on by faith. When we march in God’s truth and in His way, a revolution of righteousness swells to sweep away the stubborn walls and carry us to victory. Our God makes the impossible our reality!

Blessing: 

May the Lord bless you and keep you. May the Lord make His face to shine upon you and be gracious unto you and give you His peace. Step out in faith to see the walls of Jericho fall! May your faith grow with every step that you take, knowing that you are regaining ground that the enemy has stolen. By faith, take hold of the promises of God Who makes the impossible your reality!

Today's Bible Reading: 

Old Testament

Isaiah 22:1-24:23

New Testament 

Galatians 2:17-3:7

Psalms & Proverbs

Psalm 60:1-12

Proverbs 23:15-16

 

 

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Psalm 34:19

September 14

Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him out of them all.

As the Israelites prepared to take possession of the Promised Land, they stared up at the walls of Jericho. But in the middle of today’s difficult circumstances, God had some good news for Joshua.

As Joshua stepped into Moses’ leadership shoes, God assured Joshua that He was giving them the Promised Land. Every piece of land where Joshua’s foot fell belonged to him. No man would be able to stand before him all the days of his life. Just as God was with Moses, He was with Joshua. He would never leave nor forsake him.

As you march around your personal Jericho, be encouraged by the Good News. The afflictions of the righteous may be many, but the Lord delivers us from them all. If your heart is broken, remember that He has heard every prayer and has captured each tear in a bottle.

Weeping endures for the night, but joy comes in the morning. No matter your affliction – physical to financial – God’s Word contains 3,000 promises that apply to you. He keeps His promises from generation to generation, and He will not fail you.

No matter how many laps you have circled around your Jericho, if you are walking in obedience and making every step one of faith, your shouting day is coming. One day soon, a roar will erupt. Your shout will go up, and those walls will come down!

Blessing: 

May the Lord bless you and keep you. May the Lord make His face to shine upon you and be gracious unto you and give you His peace. May God’s promises take root and rise up in your spirit as you march around your Jericho. May His Good News carry you to your shouting day when the walls fall flat in the name of Jesus!

Today's Bible Reading: 

Old Testament

Isaiah 19:1-21:17

New Testament 

Galatians 2:1-16

Psalms & Proverbs

Psalm 59:1-17

Proverbs 23:13-14

 

 

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Isaiah 52:7

September 13

How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news, who proclaims peace, who brings glad tidings of good things, who proclaims salvation, who says to Zion, ‘Your God reigns!’

We live in a complicated, fast-paced world that threatens to overwhelm and rob us of the simple joys in life.

Remember not to ignore the Good News when dealing with today’s news. Do not allow God’s promises to be overshadowed by the Jericho that you face. Remember to rejoice in this simple truth: you woke up this morning!

Your heart beats in your chest because He has a purpose for you. He has not forgotten you, and He will never abandon you. He loves you deeply and unconditionally. He has a plan for you. Even when life is difficult, be assured that a good God still sits on His throne. He is faithful to fulfill all of His promises to you. He will provide everything that you need according to His riches in glory.

The situation might look complicated in front of you, but God is not confused. He knows the path that you take. He has gone before you to prepare the way. He has moved the mountains of impossibility. If you need wisdom, ask Him. If you need strength, lean on Him. If you need joy, He will be the glory and the lifter of your head.

Whatever you face today, do not forget the good news as you deal with today’s news. God is on your side.

Blessing: 

May the Lord bless you and keep you. May the Lord make His face to shine upon you and be gracious unto you and give you His peace. Praises to the One Who has brought us the Good News, Who has proclaimed peace and salvation to us! May you rejoice in the God of your salvation. Your God reigns!

Today's Bible Reading: 

Old Testament

Isaiah 15:1-18:7

New Testament 

Galatians 1:1-24

Psalms & Proverbs

Psalm 58:1-11

Proverbs 23:12

 

 

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2 Corinthians 5:7

September 12

For we walk by faith, not by sight.

For forty years, the Israelites walked in circles in the wilderness. God planned to take them straight from Egypt to the Promised Land, but their unbelief and disobedience left them wandering.

Joshua’s first task in the Promised Land was to take another walk. This walk, though, was one of faith and obedience. When we walk by faith, we make progress. When we walk in our own carnality, we create work and frustration.

As we take another lap, our Jericho may be the same stubborn issue that needs to be solved, but something begins to happen. We are not the same people that we were on that last lap.

Every day, we are just a little stronger. We are just a little wiser. We are learning to lean more on a faithful God. His Word is growing in us. Our legs are stronger. Our faith is bigger. A shout is building in our lungs. Every step becomes one of progress when we walk in obedience to God’s will.

Even if our enemies scoff at us from the top of the wall. Even if they tell us how ridiculous we look. We are not walking blindly; we are in step with God Almighty. Just keep watching.

Jericho, He has given you to me. Jericho, He has promised me a victory. Jericho, your days are numbered. Jericho, you may be greater than me, but you are no match for the One Who lives in me. One step closer to victory!

Blessing: 

May the Lord bless you and keep you. May the Lord make His face to shine upon you and be gracious unto you and give you His peace. We serve a God Who is greater! May you walk in faith, knowing that every step leads you closer to victory. Be strong and courageous in Jesus’ name!

Today's Bible Reading: 

Old Testament

Isaiah 12:1-14:32

New Testament 

2 Corinthians 13:1-14

Psalms & Proverbs

Psalm 57:1-11

Proverbs 23:9-11

 

 

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1 Samuel 15:22

September 11

Has the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice…

God promised to give Jericho into the Israelites’ hands, but when they would have marched into battle, He had another idea. Let’s spend seven days walking around this problem before we solve it!

We want to make progress, but God walks us in circles. We want to surge forward, but God forces us to take another lap. Why do we get so frustrated when we know that there is a lesson in every lap?

Our perspective of progress is nothing like God’s perspective. We measure success when we see what we want. God measures success when we are willing to do what He wants.

We want God to bless our businesses; He wants us to recognize Him as our Source. We want God to bless our marriages; He wants us to submit to one another. We want God to stamp out our tempers; He wants us to practice self-discipline. We want God to erase our hasty words; He wants us to control our tongues.

The next time God waves you on to another lap, stay alert for the lesson to be learned and for the wisdom He will whisper. Your willingness to put one foot in front of the other is better than any sacrifice you might make. The Lord delights in your obedience as you take another lap.

Blessing: 

May the Lord bless you and keep you. May the Lord make His face to shine upon you and be gracious unto you and give you His peace. May you measure progress by your obedience to God’s voice, quick to hear and obey. And may you rest in the knowledge that He is leading you to the Promised Land. In Jesus’ name…amen.

Today's Bible Reading: 

Old Testament

Isaiah 10:1-11:16

New Testament 

2 Corinthians 12:11-21

Psalms & Proverbs

Psalm 56:1-13

Proverbs 23:6-8

 

 

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