Monday, August 25, 2014

Our Spiritual Heritage

Have you ever thought about what you are leaving 
as a spiritual heritage to the generations to follow?
There at the Jordan River,
one man from every tribe of Israel was to retrieve 
a large stone from the momentarily dry river bed
to help build a memorial.
This memorial would stand as a reminder
for the generations of God's miraculous deliverance.
(Exodus 12:14 ~ 13:14 ~ Numbers 16:40)
You may want to consider reading the book of Joshua as a study,
but I would love to share with you a brief condensed look into Joshua's life.
Joshua is a great example for us to follow.
* Joshua was a man of action
who enjoyed a close relationship with God.
He trusted and obeyed God.
He immersed himself in the assurances of God,
and lived in day-to-day obedience.
* Joshua was a man who was in fellowship with his God.
*  Joshua knew what it was to pray.
* Joshua's faith in God was evidence on many occasions.
* In Joshua's "busy" life he saturated his mind
with the Word.
The Lord told Joshua to stay the course
and keep walking in the way he knew to be right.
Joshua would be successful if he would be faithful
to fill his mind and heart with the words of the Lord.

* Joshua was true to God's Word,
as well as his own for the people.
He wanted to leave behind him a people marked by loyalty
to God and to His Word.
* Joshua, in a prominent position,
was neither self-seeking
 nor self-centered.
* Joshua accomplished much for the service of God.
He was responsible for a nation
of 2 million people and led an army
of over 600,000.
From the day he ventured into battle
against the Amalek until his moving farewell
address ( recorded in Joshua 24 )
he committed himself wholeheartedly
to the service of God.
*Joshua, what a testimony of faith in his Great God.
Joshua is an example that we too can follow
in our walk with the Lord.
I would highly recommend reading Joshua chapter 24
in his message for the people-from their leader
in his final statement before his death at the age of 110.
Joshua caused his people to remember what God
had done for them.
It wasn't about himself ~ it was about his Great Miraculous God.
Joshua called his people to serve God,
and Him only.
What great things has God done in and through you
that you are leaving as a legacy
for the next generations?
Every day as believers we are confronted with many alternatives,
 and we must continually choose to serve God.
We must choose each day whom we will serve.
If we are going to serve God,
then we must serve Him wholeheartedly
in sincerity and Truth.
We may not use large stones as the tribes of Israel did,
but we can still construct "memorials" as reminders
of God's powerful work in our lives
and our spiritual heritage.
( Joshua 4:24 )
"That all the peoples of the earth may know the hand of the Lord,
that it is mighty, that you may fear the Lord your God forever."
Will your spiritual heritage reveal to others
and to the next generations the hand of God
in your walk with Him?
Will they see His mighty works
that testify what He has done for you?
"For the Lord your God dried up the waters of the Jordan
before you until you had crossed over,
as the Lord your God did to the Red sea,
which He dried up before us until we had crossed over,
that all the peoples of the earth may know 
the hand of the Lord,
that it is MIGHTY,
that you may fear the Lord your God forever."
( Joshua 4:23-24 ) 
"For the Lord your God"
He is the same God today as he was in the day of Joshua.
He is your God! He is my God!
What are we allowing Him to do in our lives;
and what will be remembered in generations to come?


Our precious Heavenly Father.
What an example of a faithful man we find in Your Word,
 through the life of Joshua.
Cause us to walk close to Thee,
in obedience to Your Word daily.
May we be committed to serve You wholeheartedly
in what You have called us to do
so the next generations may see
Your mighty works.

~Be Blessed~


Stephanie said...

Excellent post that is full of "golden nuggets" as you would say :) He is OUR God and I think we often forget that He is personal and that He is so great - we tend to have this mindset that God can't do it so we'll just do it ourselves.

Your post is a great reminder of our mighty God and all that He is capable of! Thank you for blessing my heart this morning. Have a lovely Monday!

Love to you!

Patty Sumner said...

A great reminder that when one is sold out and completely trusts and follows the Lord...great things can happen.. and to think Joshua had to follow as a leader behind! Again, it is not about who we is about what we allow God to do through us.. I want to leave a legacy of a life lived for the Lord.. Blessings!

Debby Ray said...

What a great message to begin the week with, Debbie. When I read and hear the stories about Joshua and others, I wonder to myself, could I possibly ever have the faith and trust like they had?! Sometimes it seems like such a far reach, doesn't least for me. Thank you for this inspiring post! Have a blessed week!

Jeanna said...

This is a wonderful and thought provoking message Debbie. I look forward to reading Joshua beginning to end. Thank you for today's post.

Vicky Hunt said...

A wonderful post Debbie and quite thought provoking. I love the photos you shared. Such a lovely and well loved collection of bibles...:) Prayers for a lovely week.

Blessings, Vicky

Beatrice Euphemie said...

A very inspiring post, Debbie. It has been a while since I have read the story of Joshua and now you have inspired me to re-visit this. It is well worth thinking of what kind of legacy we will leave behind us, one faithful stone at a time. Thank you for sharing. Blessings and hugs xo Karen

Cranberry Morning said...

I love this post, Debbie. I also love most your consistent testimony to God's faithfulness, grace, and mercy.

Mindy Whipple said...

Such wonderful thoughts. You are a perfect example of passing your heritage on to your sweet daughter. I love reading both your blogs and seeing your love and support for each other.

Bonnie said...

An inspiring post that is convicting and encouraging. I love the pic of the much used and treasured Bibles.

Thank you Debbie for your sweet example and kind visit to me.
Sounds like we are both extra busy at the moment.

White Lace and Promises said...

Love this post. I love Joshua. I'm thankful for my heritage too. I'm gonna go back and take this post apart and let it speak to me all over again. Thanks for sharing a Word with us.

I wish I had all the Bibles I've ever had. I've given them to teenagers or to the church.

kitty said...

Thank you for your post and your spiritual guidance, Debbie, on following the story of Joshua. You are inspirational to me. Love and blessings sent to you.

Robyn said...

Such a beautiful post, Debbie. you always give me so much to think about. I always leave here with my heart full. Thank you, friend.

Camille said...

The photo of all those Bibles lined up is lovely. Thank you for sharing your heart and your wise words, Debbie. Yes, Joshua is a wonderful example of godly faithfulness to follow....he was a type of our precious! How amazing it is to think that we serve the same Great God as he did! It's a blessing to know that we are kept in His perfect care. Hugs to you! Camille

Joyful said...

This is a beautiful Word. Thank you for sharing it. I love the photo too of the well worn Bibles. Thank you for stopping by my blog today. God bless. xx

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