You have likely heard the expression, “Charge Hell with a squirt gun”. It is often used to show the zeal of a Christian, who is eager to go all out for serving the Lord. It begs the question though, “is zeal wrong?” Is it wrong to be impassioned about something and have an overwhelming zeal to accomplish it?
Has the Lord ever failed? In the nation of Israel, did He fail? For Noah did He fail? Did He fail the church? Has He failed you? Some might look at these questions and say, No God has never failed. Others may believe God has never failed, but at times feels like they have been failed.
In the thick of difficulties and struggles we can become so focused on the here and now that we miss the big picture of what God is trying to accomplish. We can fail to see the Lord taking the totality of our life and trying to accomplish something good.
Those who halt between two options usually gets neither. One year at the men’s fishing trip at Lake Texoma put on by First Baptist Church of Cottondale, we had a funny story take place that still gets told to this day. On the boat dock, a boat was about to launch out to go fishing. One young man couldn’t decide whether he wanted on the dock or the boat, and he wound up with neither. When the pastor asked him how far he fell into the water, he replied, “almost to the bottom, but not quite”.
There are a ton of “name it claim it” preachers and ministries out there today. Their message would lead us to believe that we can proclaim what we want and God is obligated to fulfill our desires… no matter how self-(centered, willed, ish) they might be. They would claim that such practices are revealed in the Scriptures and that to not demand from God is to lack faith. Is this scriptural though? No. But it does raise an interesting question, “is it ever okay to claim something from God?”
Why did God command the destruction of all these peoples and cities? From Joshua six through eleven, you read of victory after victory. The caption, utterly destroyed is used time and again to explain how decisive and complete their victories were. Phrases like “great slaughter”, “consumed”, and “utterly destroyed” are used to describe this battles.
In 1859, Charles Dickens penned the book “A Tale of Two Cities”. So named for the two cities, London and Paris, that backdrop the story of Manette. The events of the book led up to the French Revolution and what would be commonly called The Terror.
In like fashion, we have a story of two cities before us and our main character of Joshua. The events of this story lead to something we could call a terror, when a man’s entire family has to be stoned and burned because of his sinfulness.
“Do the impractical so that God can do the impossible.” – Mike Phillips
Can God change a messed up life? Honestly, can God take someone really messy and make a miracle out of them? Anyone? If you are like me, you would say an emphatic, “YES”! I know God can save anyone and God can change anyone, but for some reason practically I don’t allow this truth to impact my life.
Joshua, the book of conquest and colonizing. This book leaves off where Deuteronomy ends. Moses has passed away, along with the Wilderness Wondering generation. The new generation, under the leadership of Joshua will enter the Promised Land, conquer it and settle in the Land.