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Focus Verses: Joshua 24:14-15
"Now fear the LORD and serve him with all faithfulness. Throw away the
gods your forefathers worshiped beyond the River and in Egypt, and
serve the LORD. 15 But if serving the
LORD seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom
you will serve, whether the gods your forefathers served beyond the
River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But
as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD."
are many alternatives to being faithful to God and serving him.
Living for God requires choice and commitment. Joshua knew that many
people would be unfaithful—that serving the Lord would not be desirable
to everyone. He knew that many would choose the false gods of their
father's or the new gods of the land they were entering. But as for
Joshua, his choice was made. He and his family would serve and seek the
Response and Action:
choose faith in God over everything else. I want to faithfully seek
and serve the one true God with all my heart, soul, mind, and strength. I
will not choose the false gods and failed pursuits of the world around
me. I will seek first the Kingdom of Christ and his righteousness.
God, help me to live for you and through you in thought, word, and
deed. Help me to turn away from what is wrong and do what is right.
Help me to love you with all of my being, and to love my neighbor as my
self. By the power and grace of your Holy Spirit, lead, teach,
transform, shape and strengthen me, that I might delight in your will,
and walk in your ways, to the glory of your name. Help me, by faith, to
do the good things you've prepared in advance for me to do--to be
faithful, fruitful, and effective as your servant, through Jesus Christ
my Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now
and forever. Amen.
Spiritual Formation Verses: Matthew 10:37-39
"Anyone who loves his father or mother more than me is not worthy of
me; anyone who loves his son or daughter more than me is not worthy of
me; 38 and anyone who does not take his cross and follow me is not
worthy of me. 39 Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses
his life for my sake will find it.
Counterfeit Gods: The Empty Promises of Money, Sex, and Power, and the Only Hope that Matters
by Timothy Keller