Genesis 6:5

5-Then the Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great on the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.

Notes verse 5 — When sin entered the world it infected us to our core. It struck our heart and mind with evil. In doing this we became a great disappointment to God who is always watching us. This verse begins with the Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great on the earth. When I think about this statement from God I become increasingly curious as to how today’s society compares to that point in time. God saw only evil continually. I wonder what He sees now when He looks at us. I thank God He gave us His Son Jesus as our advocate. What does God see when He looks at you? Jesus or evil. I challenge you to spend some time thinking and praying about your own life and walk in this life.

Blessings,

Pastor G

Genesis 6:5-8 From Anger to Grace

Genesis 6:5-8 (NASB)

5-Then the Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great on the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. 6-The Lord was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart. 7-The Lord said, “I will blot out man whom I have created from the face of the land, from man to animals to creeping things and to birds of the sky; for I am sorry that I have made them.” 8-But Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord.

Read and pray over these few verses today.

Blessings,

Pastor G

Joshua 1:9

9-Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous! Do not tremble or be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

Notes verse 9 — We will never have to fear the things of this world. Jesus Christ has already overcome the world. We are promised yet again that God is with us no matter where we go. Knowing this truth will help us to be strong when we feel weak. This truth will bring us courage in times of uncertainty. When God commands, He also brings promise that anything is possible with Him. Praise be to God our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ Amen.

Blessings,

Pastor G

Joshua 1:8

8-This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it; for then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have success.

Notes verse 8 — This has become one of my all time favorite verses in the Word of God. We are commanded by God to keep His Word always within us. The word meditate here means to murmur. Murmur means to talk about or gossip about the Word all the time. Why should we do this? First, God commanded it. Second, it will help you remember the Word of God. We will learn how to live the way God intended if we are careful to follow what the Word says to do. If we do these things, then we can receive the promise from God that our lives will be prosperous and successful in the eyes of God. How often do you talk about the Word of God? How much time do you invest in learning the Word of God? How would you define a successful life in the eyes of God? Spend time today evaluating your walk with God and be honest with yourself. God wants you to be what He called you to be.

Blessings,

Pastor G

Joshua 1:7

7-Only be strong and very courageous; be careful to do according to all the law which Moses My servant commanded you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, so that you may have success wherever you go.

Notes verse 7 — Be strong here means to stand firm and not give up. The very courageous portion means that he will experience opposition in its various forms. Therefore he needs to be prepared to face the challenges that are ahead. The law of God was being passed down to Joshua from Moses who received it straight from God. God was reminding Joshua that as long as he stayed the course and followed the Laws of God he would be successful. I love how God puts it out there as turning from it, it being the law. Meaning there is only one way, one direction that must be followed. There must not be any veering off course. No right or left, but straight ahead. If you find yourself veering off course and hanging out in a shady area instead of in the light. Repent and ask God to help you stay on track.

Blessings,

Pastor G

Joshua 1:5-6

5-No man will be able to stand before you all the days of your life. Just as I have been with Moses, I will be with you; I will not fail you or forsake you. 6-Be strong and courageous, for you shall give this people possession of the land which I swore to their fathers to give them.

Notes verses 5-6 — God said, “I will”. This is a promise that still rings true today just as much as it did the moment He said it to Joshua. “I will be with you.” “I will not fail you.” “I will not forsake you.” “No man will be able to stand before you.” “You shall give this people.” “God swore to their fathers to give them.” “Be strong.” “Be courageous.” God gave Joshua eight statements of instruction and promise. We sometimes forget that we are serving and worshiping the same God that spoke these powerful words to Joshua. God was in a way giving Joshua a pep talk. He was encouraging him and assuring him that he was not alone. Remember Joshua was a simple stone cutter before he became the leader of epic proportions. Everyday God speaks to us. Even though we may not get a burning bush or talking donkey moment. He still speaks. I have gone through times in which I felt that God had abandoned me. I thought He had failed to keep His promises. What I did not realize at the time was that God was allowing me to experience what He feels when I abandoned or forget about Him. God had never left my side and He had not failed me. It was simply a time of refinement in my life. This experience became a painful, depressing, and glorious moment. With each stage of the experience I would find myself questioning why me. Then it hit me that God had counted me worthy enough to go through the refinement process. God had chosen me to be refined. This verse brought me great comfort and assurance that the “I Am” would follow through with His “I Will”. Knowing this information did not bring me comfort, but Believing what I knew brought me through. What do you believe?

Blessings,

Pastor G

Joshua 1:3-4

3-Every place on which the sole of your foot treads, I have given it to you, just as I spoke to Moses. 4-From the wilderness and this Lebanon, even as far as the great river, the river Euphrates, all the land of the Hittites, and as far as the Great Sea toward the setting of the sun will be your territory.

Notes verses 3-4 — God promised Joshua and the people that they have a new place to live. He even goes into great detail of where He wants them to dwell. He tells them that everywhere they place their foot will become their own. Wow, God is giving a rebellious people a great and enormous gift. This land was inhabited by others yet God said I am giving it to you. Thinking back to 40 years earlier, God was ready to give this great gift to His people then. Yet because of sin and doubt this great gift from God was delayed for 40 years. God was enlarging their territory in the form of a gift that would take an act of faith. I wonder how many times we miss out on these gifts from God all because of our lack of faith? How long will we deflect what God has for us simply because we are not listening to Him and doing what He tells us? Let us begin today to accept the gifts from God even when the gift seems impossible. We must remember that we serve God and with Him anything and everything is possible.

Blessings,

Pastor G

Joshua 1:1-2

1-Now it came about after the death of Moses the servant of the Lord, that the Lord spoke to Joshua the son of Nun, Moses’ servant, saying, 2-“Moses My servant is dead; now therefore arise, cross this Jordan, you and all this people, to the land which I am giving to them, to the sons of Israel.

Notes verses 1-2 — The passing of the torch is a sign of new beginnings and another step of faith. Moses had served his purpose for God and now it was time for Joshua to accept this massive role of leadership. Joshua was very blessed to have been mentored by his predecessor Moses. He witnessed the power of God. He knew that even when life seemed impossible. God could make it possible. Even though Joshua had followed God by following the leadership of Moses, he would still need to step out on faith. He no longer had the option of turning his ear to Moses for advice. He now would have to turn more than an ear, but also his very heart to God. Joshua had grown up as a stone cutter. He created things for people to look at. Now people would be looking at him instead of the stones he had shaped. I find it interesting that he worked as a stone cutter. He molded and shaped stone into various images. Just as it takes time to create the image from stone so did it take time for God to chip away and mold Joshua into the leader he had become. God told Joshua to get up and lead the people into a new land that seemed to be just out of reach. He would need to cross over the Jordan river without the waters being parted and walking on dry ground. If you have ever crossed a river before then you know that it is no small task. First you must find a place in which you can safely cross. Then of course you have to be prepared for the unexpected things to happen. Moving water is one of natures most powerful, beautiful, and dangerous things ever created by God. Now imagine moving over a million people through this water while keeping each one of them safe. This task would only be the beginning of what God had in store for Joshua. Joshua had to be prepared for not only crossing the river, but also for the dangers on the other side. When God told Joshua to go and do, He also gave a promise. Joshua believed that God would provide everything needed for this new chapter in his life.

Has God been speaking to you about something? He probably is not asking you to lead over a million people, but He is asking you to do something. I want to encourage you today by reminding you that God can and will do amazing things through the most unlikely people. Be blessed today and say yes to God.

Blessings,

Pastor G

Challanges of Life Series

Joshua 1:1-9 (NASB)

1-Now it came about after the death of Moses the servant of the Lord, that the Lord spoke to Joshua the son of Nun, Moses’ servant, saying, 2-“Moses My servant is dead; now therefore arise, cross this Jordan, you and all this people, to the land which I am giving to them, to the sons of Israel. 3-Every place on which the sole of your foot treads, I have given it to you, just as I spoke to Moses. 4-From the wilderness and this Lebanon, even as far as the great river, the river Euphrates, all the land of the Hittites, and as far as the Great Sea toward the setting of the sun will be your territory. 5-No man will be able to stand before you all the days of your life. Just as I have been with Moses, I will be with you; I will not fail you or forsake you. 6-Be strong and courageous, for you shall give this people possession of the land which I swore to their fathers to give them. 7-Only be strong and very courageous; be careful to do according to all the law which Moses My servant commanded you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, so that you may have success wherever you go. 8-This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it; for then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have success. 9-Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous! Do not tremble or be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

Just read this passage today and pray. Tomorrow we will begin to dig deeper into the Word of God.

Blessings,

Pastor G

Colossians 3:17

17-And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

Notes verse 17 — Whatever you do. These Words of Christ are extremely powerful. He is telling us no matter what we do or say, we need to do so In the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ. When you go to work, do it in the name of Christ Jesus. When you go to school, do it in the name of Christ Jesus. When you eat, sing, talk, walk, read, study, or even sleep, do it in the name of Christ Jesus. Throughout all of this we are to give thanks to God the Father through His Son Jesus. So I ask you, what will you give thanks for today?

Blessings,

Pastor G