Posted By Pastor Warren R. Davis
Chapter 10 of the book of Joshua opens with 5 of the kings of Canaan joining forces to attack Gibeon because they had made a peace treaty with the people of Israel. These 5 kings didn't know it, but they were playing right into the hand of Joshua. Now, instead of having to pick them off one at a time, they came together and he was able to defeat them all together. If you remember our last study in this book, the Israelites had been tricked into making a peace treaty with the people of Gibeon. Now, it is time for Israel to make good on their promise to protect the Gibeonites. For Israel it is just another battle in the conquest of the Promised Land, but for us, it is a vivid picture of the Christian life.
You see, battles are a reality in the life of the child of God, but we never have to face them alone, Heb. 13:5; Matt. 28:20. In the day of battle, we have the promise of help from One Who is "an ever present help in a time of need", Psa. 46:1. As we consider chapters 10 and 11 of Joshua, is to remind you that our lives will be filled with battles. However, these battles are not really physical battles, neither are they battles with other people. Our battles are spiritual battles, "For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places." Eph 6:12. Therefore, our weapons must be spiritual as well. "(For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) " 2 Cor 10:4.

With that in mind, let's join Joshua and the armies of Israel as they fight the good fight of faith. As we observe them in their day of battle, there are some very special lessons that we can learn that will help us when we face the day of battle.

Eventually, the battles of life will be over, the long day will be finished and we who are saved will go home to Heaven to rest in that glorious place. In the meantime, however, there are enemies and there are battles that must be fought. Now, we can either fight them with our own weapons and lose, or we can fight them the way the Lord has shown us and win. Which would you rather have: defeat or victory?

 

 
Posted By Pastor Warren R. Davis
When I was growing up in Michigan, one of our favorite things to do was go fishing. I had the opportunity to go up to Drummond Island for the summer and fish every day, all day. We would catch Northern Pike, my grandfather and I both caught some rather large fish and in abundance. There were times when we caught stringers full of fish, and other times when we didn’t catch much at all. Of course, we would always talk about “the one that got away.” Those fishing trips from my youth are worth remembering now because they were a good time for our family.

      In our Luke 5:1-11, we read about some fellows who had been on a fishing trip they would have liked to have forgotten about. They didn’t talk about the one that got away, because they had all gotten away! Then Jesus showed up and He taught them on How to Become a Fisher of Men.

Now when he had left speaking, he said unto Simon, Launch out into the deep, and let down your nets for a draught (Luke 5:4).

When Peter and the other men obeyed Jesus, they enclosed so many fish that their nets threatened to break. They called to their partners and so many fish were loaded into those boats that both boats began to sink. Amazing! They were fishing in the wrong place, at the wrong time of day and still they experienced success! It didn’t make sense, but there was no denying the results!

You see, there are plenty of fish out there today; more than enough to fill this vessel and many more like it. If we want to see the Lord grant us a miracle; if we want to see Him save souls; if we want to see Him fill our vessel to overflowing; then we must learn to let down the nets when, where and how He says. That is the secret to success!

 
Posted By Pastor Warren R. Davis

In 1 Kings 19:1-21, we see Elijah in the depths of despair.  The prophet is sitting under a juniper tree, asking God to take his life. The mighty prophet of God is discouraged and depressed. He has been used mightily of the Lord and he had expected a great revival to come to the land. A revival in which the people of Israel would repent of their sins and turn back to God with all their hearts. When this didn't happen, and when Elijah was threatened by the wicked queen Jezebel, he felt as though he and his ministry were a failure. Therefore, he ran away from his position, his problem, and his people.

While Elijah is a perfect picture of one who is depressed, he is also a portrait of a man who is guilty of sin. Verse 4 reveals the truth that Elijah's trouble stemmed from thinking more highly of himself than he should have. This is a problem we are all encouraged to avoid, 1 Cor. 10:12; Rom. 12:3.

For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith.  Romans 12:3

Certainly, God's perfect will for Elijah would have been for him to have stood up against Jezebel and to have led the country in renewed devotion to the Lord God. Of course, we all know that this isn't what happened. Yet, when we see how God deals with the fallen man of God, it can show us the steps God takes in the lives of those He wishes to restore to usefulness and power.

As this chapter in the life of Elijah comes to an end, we find him well on the road to recovery. He is back, and he is serving God once again! The Lord's ministry in his life has delivered him from the brink of death and of shipwreck. Some of you need that ministry today. You are on the verge of quitting on the Lord. You are discouraged and defeated. Others have wandered off into sin and are living lives that are not pleasing to the Lord. I wonder if He is speaking to your heart this morning? Is He saying, "What doest thou here?" If he has spoken to you, you need to come before him and ask for a fresh heart!

 
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Jesus is Coming Are You Ready?

The captain of the ship looked into the dark night and saw faint lights in the distance. Immediately he told his signalman to send a message to the other ship coming their way" 'Alter your course 10 degrees south."

Promptly a return message was received: 'Alter your course 10 degrees north."

The captain was angered; his command had been ignored. So he sent a second message: 'Alter your course 10 degrees south, I am the captain!"

Soon another message was received: Alter your course 10 degrees north, I am seaman third class Jones."

Immediately the captain sent a third message, knowing the fear it would evoke: 'Alter your course 10 degrees south, I am a battleship."

Then the reply came 'Alter your course 10 degrees north, I am a lighthouse."

In the midst of our dark and foggy times, all sorts of voices are shouting orders into the night, telling us what to do, how to adjust our lives. Out of the darkness, one voice signals something quite opposite to the rest, something almost absurd. When the voice happens to be the Light of the World, and the voice is saying prepare yourselves, I am returning for a bride that is without spot or wrinkle, we must note ignore the voice of God that is saying I am coming, are you ready?

For much of America’s history, the assumption was that if you were born in America, you would affiliate with the Christian faith. A new nationwide survey by The Barna Group, however, indicates that people’s views have changed. The study discovered that half of all adults now contend that Christianity is just one of many options that Americans choose from and that a huge majority of adults pick and choose what they believe rather than adopt a church or denomination’s slate of beliefs       

Jesus is coming! Skeptics and scoffers deny that fact, but they can’t change the truth of it. Jesus is coming, and He is coming soon. This is not a childhood game! Eternity is at stake!

 

 
Posted By Pastor Warren R. Davis

 It is often in our darkest times that God makes His presence known most clearly. He uses our sufferings and troubles to show us that He is our only source of strength. And when we see this truth, we receive new hope.

Are you facing a great trial? Take heart. Put yourself in God's hands. Wait for His timing. He will give you a 'song in the night."

 Have you set your anchors deep in the Lord this evening? If you have, then you can weather life's storms. If you haven't, be prepared to be blown about by the winds of adversity. I would encourage you to come before the Lord and say something like this, "Lord, I cannot fix my situation. I cannot calm the raging seas of my life and I cannot still the winds that blow against me. I need help today. By faith, I cast the anchors of your presence, you promises, your providence and your performance into my stormy sea. I am resolved to trust you to walk onto my storm and speak peace when it is your will to do so. Until then, I will not fear, I will not fret, and I will not fight. I will trust you to do what is best for me." When you throw in the towel and come to a place of total trust before the Lord in your storm, it gets His attention and you can be sure that He will do something about your situation!

God is able to work it all out! He will get you through your storm and land you safely beyond it! It may look like the boat is going to sink. It may look like the storms of life are going to prevail. However, when the waves have all settled down, when the winds have ceased their blowing, when the rains have abated, when the storm clouds have moved off to the horizon: you will see that God was in control all along! I can promise you this; no storm in this life will be able to blow you off the course God has determined for your life!

Mark 4:39

Then He arose and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace, be still!” And the wind ceased and there was a great calm.

 

 

 
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