From Handbook to Scripture, Day 65
READING: JOSHUA 23
Nearing the end of his life, Joshua called the elders and leaders of Israel to give them a final message of exhortation and encouragement to remain faithful to the ways of the Lord. He reminded them that it is the Lord who fought for them, and that their relationship to the Lord will be determinative of their continued success in the land. They needed the courage to keep and to do all that is written in the Book of the Law of Moses, and to love the Lord. Otherwise they would descend into the morass of idolatry and intermarry with the remnant of the nations they were called to conquer. Just as the Lord has been faithful to them, so they must be faithful to Him.
Prayer: Lord, without fidelity to the spiritual disciplines of prayer and of time in Your Word, I will be vulnerable to the lures of this world system and tempted to turn away from You as my first love. May I hold fast to You and love You above all things.
Meditation passage: verses 6, 14
From A Simple Book of Prayers
Lifting Up His Name
I am grateful to You, O God, for the blessing of Your forgiveness. I thank You that in Christ You set me free from the guilt of the past and give me hope for the future.
O Lord, revive Your work in the midst of the years,
In our time make them known;
In wrath remember mercy. (Habakkuk 3:2)
If You, Lord, should mark iniquities,
O Lord, who could stand?
But there is forgiveness with You,
That You may be feared. (Psalm 130:3-4)
Take a moment to ask the Spirit to search your heart and reveal any areas of unconfessed sin. Acknowledge these to the Lord, and thank Him for His forgiveness.
The heavens will praise Your wonders, O Lord, Your faithfulness also in the assembly of the holy ones. For who in the heavens can be compared with the Lord? Who is like the Lord among the sons of the mighty? (Psalm 89:5–6)
From the rising to the setting of the sun, Your name will be great among the nations. (Malachi 1:11)
Lord, I praise You for Your matchless mercies and for Your loyal love. You are high and exalted above all. There is no one like You. You are the awesome God of faithfulness and love. May your name be great in my heart.
From Handbook to Renewal
The Attributes of God
Great is the Lord, and most worthy of praise in the city of our God, His holy mountain. As is Your name, O God, so is Your praise to the ends of the earth; Your right hand is filled with righteousness. (Psalm 48:1, 10)
The Lord Jesus Christ received honor and glory from God the Father when the voice came to Him from the Majestic Glory who said, “This is My beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.” (2 Peter 1:17)
The Works of God
God’s grace was given to us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time and has now been revealed through the appearing of our Savior, Christ Jesus, who abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel. (2 Timothy 1:9–10)
We see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels, now crowned with glory and honor because He suffered death, that by the grace of God He might taste death for everyone. For it was fitting for Him, for whom are all things and through whom are all things, in bringing many sons to glory, to make the author of their salvation perfect through sufferings. (Hebrews 2:9–10)
My Relationship to God
I will praise You, O Lord, with all my heart; I will tell of all Your wonders. I will be glad and rejoice in You; I will sing praise to Your name, O Most High. (Psalm 9:1–2)
Rejoice in the Lord, O you righteous; praise is becoming to the upright. (Psalm 33:1)
The Character I Want to Cultivate
I will not be dishonest in judgment, in measurement of weight or quantity. I will be honest and just in my business affairs. (Leviticus 19:35–36)
The integrity of the upright guides them, but the unfaithful are destroyed by their duplicity. (Proverbs 11:3)
My Relationship to Others
I will pursue the things that lead to peace and to mutual edification. (Romans 14:19)
We should bear with one another in love and make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. (Ephesians 4:2–3)