Saturday, July 29, 2023

Pastor's Ponderings, July 29, 2023

There are Blessings In God’s Work 

In our weekly Bible study at Sanctuary Gospel Center, we are reading about the great victories that God gave Joshua.  He told him not to fear his enemy and that He had already defeated them (Joshua 10:8). In one battle, Joshua even commanded the Sun and the Moon to stand still as his army mowed down the enemy while God also sent hailstorms to destroy them (Joshua 10:9-11).  


When God has given you something to do and you obey Him, He will watch over His word in your life to bring it to pass (Jeremiah 1:12).  God sends His angels to watch over you (Psalm 91:11) and promises that He will be a lamp unto your feet and a light unto your path.  Despite your friends, family, neighbors, or friends who may wish you ill, He has destined you for an expected end in Him (Jeremiah 29:11).  


Therefore, we must not listen to what the world values as success.  We must consider the source when someone makes judgements about you. What does God say that you were designed to do, to be, and to develop into?  We may not have had the ideal life but despite life’s challenges, He can turn it around for our good (Romans 8:28). We are fearfully and wonderfully designed for a unique function in life (Psalm 139:14).  Obey God and do His will and He promises His blessings upon your life (Deuteronomy 28:1-2).


Joshua 10:8

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The Lord said to Joshua, “Do not be afraid of them; I have given them into your hand. Not one of them will be able to withstand you.”


Joshua 10:9-11

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After an all-night march from Gilgal, Joshua took them by surprise. 

10 The Lord threw them into confusion before Israel, so Joshua and the Israelites defeated them completely at Gibeon. Israel pursued them along the road going up to Beth Horon and cut them down all the way to Azekah and Makkedah. 

11 As they fled before Israel on the road down from Beth Horon to Azekah, the Lord hurled large hailstones down on them, and more of them died from the hail than were killed by the swords of the Israelite


Jeremiah 1:12

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12 The Lord said to me, “You have seen correctly, for I am watching to see that my word is fulfilled.”


Psalm 91:11

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11 For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways;


Jeremiah 29:11

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11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future


Romans 8:28

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28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.


Psalm 139:14

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14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.


Deuteronomy 28:1-2

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If you fully obey the Lord your God and carefully follow all his commands I give you today, the Lord your God will set you high above all the nations on earth. 

All these blessings will come on you and accompany you if you obey the Lord your God:


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