Matthew 4:11 The Devil and The Angels

Matthew 4:11 (KJV)
Then the devil leaveth him, and, behold, angels came and ministered unto him.

No man compares to Jesus, but Jesus became a man and dwelt among us. For this reason, we may learn much about the life of man from Jesus. 

He was tempted
Life will have its temptations and troubles. 

He was tempted in various ways
We seldom face just one problem. Frequently trials come in bunches. We are attacked in multiple ways at once. 

He faced them with the Word of God
It is written” will always be our best defense. 

When the devil left, the angels came and ministered to Him
There is an unseen world. The devil and his angels, and the angels of God are as real as any of us are. Count on the ministry of the Lord through His angels as much as you dread the trials of the devil and his. 

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Joshua 15:19 Give Me A Blessing

Joshua 15:19 (KJV)
Who answered, Give me a blessing; for thou hast given me a south land; give me also springs of water. And he gave her the upper springs, and the nether springs.

Having received the inheritance, she then approached her father for a blessings, a gift. Her father had promised her hand in marriage to the man who took Kirjathsepher. Othniel took it and was given a piece of property Achsah called “a south land.” She recognized that it wasn’t enough. They would need springs of water. She therefore came to her father and asked for something more.

I am reminded of the liberty we have, through our relationship with Jesus Christ, to come boldly to the throne of grace to obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

God has been so gracious to us. How could we ever think we deserve salvation, forgiveness, eternal life, and inheritance with Jesus Christ? Yet we find ourselves still in need. This world we pass through is dry and barren unless we have springs flowing from the God of heaven. 

Praise the Lord, our Heavenly Father is quick to respond whenever we have need. 

Never be afraid to ask a blessing from your Father.

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Joshua 16:10 Sin Works That Way

Joshua 16:10 (KJV)
And they drave not out the Canaanites that dwelt in Gezer: but the Canaanites dwell among the Ephraimites unto this day, and serve under tribute.

Joshua said that the Ephraimites failed to drive out the Canaanites so that, to the day of this writing, they were still there. We know that they are there even today. Israel lives side by side with the people of other blood even right now. Most of the world sympathizes with the Canaanites rather than the Jews. 

Sin works much the same way. If it is given place at all, sooner or later the flesh will take sides with sin. What was once considered evil becomes tolerable and then it becomes the victim and finally it becomes good. 

We currently live in a time when what only a few years ago would have been thought evil, became an alternate lifestyle. It then was thought to be acceptable. But today it is thought of, in many circles, as preferable, being promoted in education, entertainment and politics. 

We need revival.
We need to turn to God.

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Joshua 14:12 I Want That Mountain

Joshua 14:12 (KJV)
Now therefore give me this mountain, whereof the LORD spake in that day; for thou heardest in that day how the Anakims were there, and that the cities were great and fenced: if so be the LORD will be with me, then I shall be able to drive them out, as the LORD said.

Caleb’s claim to the mountain was predicated upon:
A promise of God
Caleb’s first appeal to Joshua was, “Thou knowest the thing that the LORD said unto Moses the man of God“. Caleb claimed the promise of God’s Word. 

An obedience to God
The Bible says in verse 14, “Caleb the son of Jephunneh the Kenezite unto this day, because that he wholly followed the LORD God of Israel.” Though the promises of God are unconditional, many of them are only applicable through obedience. Salvation, for instance, is based solely upon the Cross of Christ. There is nothing that must be done to earn salvation because Jesus already earned it. However, only those who place faith in Christ find it applicable to them.

A continuance with God
Caleb had been faithful to God forty-five years earlier and nothing had changed. His obedience to God, his faith in God’s Word and his zeal in living for God had not diminished after all of those years. It is impossible to lose our salvation, but we can surely lose the enjoyment of it or the usefulness of it if we let the fire of God die out in our hearts. Caleb claimed the mountain not only for him but for his successors. While one can’t lose his salvation by quitting his life for God, he certainly can lose the opportunity of salvation for his children and children’s children.

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Matthew 3:14 Forbidding Jesus

Matthew 3:14 (KJV)
But John forbad him, saying, I have need to be baptized of thee, and comest thou to me?

Jesus said, Matthew 11:11 (KJV)
Verily I say unto you, Among them that are born of women there hath not risen a greater than John the Baptist: notwithstanding he that is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.

There has never been a man like John the Baptist, but he was just a man. In human fashion, when approached by Jesus to perform a ministry, John the Baptist’s initial reaction was to refuse to do it. I think I see this reaction very often among those God presses into service.

Some forbid Jesus from using them because of a sense of unworthiness
John the Baptist certainly felt this unworthiness. “I have need to be baptized of thee and comest thou to me?” None of us are worthy in our flesh. God calls us, enables us and it is His worthiness that matters. 

Some forbid Jesus from using them because of a lack of confidence
John had been baptizing previous to this. His problem was not lacking confidence in his work. So many people are confident in affairs of business and labor but have little confidence in the affairs of spiritual work. 

Some forbid Jesus from using them because of a lack of vision
John the Baptist knew exactly who Jesus is. His was not a problem of vision. This is not the case of so many in our day. Many who claim to know Jesus cannot see Jesus for who He is and therefore refuse to commit to serving Him as He leads.

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Joshua 11:19 If Ease Is Not Our Lot

Joshua 11:19 (KJV)
There was not a city that made peace with the children of Israel, save the Hivites the inhabitants of Gibeon: all other they took in battle.

This is a difficult truth for today’s soft believer to accept, but it is seldom God’s will to make life easy. 

Joshua, and the children of God, Israel, entered into the Promised Land. It had been given to Abraham over 400 years previous. The current inhabitants were ungodly and course. You would have thought God might just move them out for Israel. You would have thought God would clear a straight path for Israel. You would have thought that every city would be like Jericho. 

Not so. 

In fact, there was only one place that made peace, and they did it through deception. Israel had to take everyplace else in battle; hard fought, overwhelming odds, humanly terrifying battle. 

  • If such was the case for Israel
  • If Jesus was hated in His earthly life
  • If Christians for more than 1600 years won their heavenly prize through oppression, persecution and even death 

should we flinch at the thought of the same?

Christians in America have been afforded a wonderful privilege; 200 years of comparative peace. 

Should we be disappointed with our God if such ease is not our lot?

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Joshua 10:21 Peace

Joshua 10:21 (KJV)
And all the people returned to the camp to Joshua at Makkedah in peace: none moved his tongue against any of the children of Israel.

When our Civil War was finally ended the victory secured by the Union reunited the states, but it did not stop the tongues of many in the South. It could be argued that they are moving their tongues to this day. But in the case of Joshua’s battle, in chapter ten, the enemy of Israel was so soundly defeated that, by the time it was over, no one of them said a word against Israel. They had certainly sworn and cursed them prior to the battle. Now those remaining returned into fenced cities in peace and at peace in their soul. 

We live in a time of great cursing against the Lord and His people. A time such as existed when the cup of Canaan’s iniquity was full appears to exist once again. I do not imagine it is possible for us to so soundly defeat the enemies of our Lord, either by word, testimony or action, as to stop their tongues. But the Bible promises another Joshua will soon arrive. When His battle is over, none will move their tongues against any of the children of God forever more

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Joshua 5:1 Our God is Awesome

Joshua 5:1 (KJV)
And it came to pass, when all the kings of the Amorites, which were on the side of Jordan westward, and all the kings of the Canaanites, which were by the sea, heard that the LORD had dried up the waters of Jordan from before the children of Israel, until we were passed over, that their heart melted, neither was there spirit in them any more, because of the children of Israel.

One must wonder how it is that the Amorites and the Canaanites, whose heart melted, and spirit withered at the news of God’s supernatural intervention on behalf of Israel at the Jordan River, would still pitch the fight they did against Israel. I surmise that it must have been because, refusing to surrender to the God of Israel, they had no recourse but to fight. 

I am reminded of the Philistines when Eli’s sons brought the ark of God to the battlefield.[1]

I also think of the Pharisees when confronted with the work of Jesus.[2]

This offers a clue into the life on any child of God. We suffer sometimes precisely because we have the hand of God upon us. The hand of God offers victory, but in this world, it also incites the enemy. A committed soldier does not shrink because the battle looks hopeless. Contrarily, he doubles down to the fight. Satan’s own are nothing if they are not committed. 

Hold on child of God. The enemy is terrible, but our God is awesome. 


[1] 1 Samuel 4:7-8

[2] Matthew 12:22-24

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Revelation 18:16-17 Riches Come To Nothing

Revelation 18:16-17 (KJV)
And saying, Alas, alas, that great city, that was clothed in fine linen, and purple, and scarlet, and decked with gold, and precious stones, and pearls!
For in one hour so great riches is come to nought. And every shipmaster, and all the company in ships, and sailors, and as many as trade by sea, stood afar off,

I feel like I must constantly remind those, who could read these daily visits, that everything in the Revelation of Jesus Christ is future and will have a literal fulfillment. That being said, men are the same in every age. We haven’t changed much from the days recorded in the Old Testament and, so far as human nature is concerned, not much will have changed in the time of the Great Tribulation. I can therefore learn from those parallels’ lessons helpful to life today and now. 

What I notice is how quickly riches come to nothing. In one hour, in barely a moment’s notice, everything these people had placed their stock, their livelihoods and their self-worth had come to naught. 

Matthew 6:19-21
Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:
But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:
For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

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Joshua 1:2 Moses to Joshua

Joshua 1:2 (KJV)
Moses my servant is dead; now therefore arise, go over this Jordan, thou, and all this people, unto the land which I do give to them, even to the children of Israel.

In so many respects the transition from Moses to Joshua is typical of that from the Old Testament law to New Testament grace. 

Moses died
As great a man as he was, even he fell short of the Promised Land. We can never be good enough to merit the favor and the blessings of God. If we live of the law, so shall we die; of the law and short of the glory of God.

Joshua was merely a servant
Unlike Moses, Joshua was not raised in a palace and never received the education of kings. Joshua had not the huge life changing experiences of:

  • Being driven from Egypt, 
  • Witnessing the burning bush or 
  • Speaking to God face to face 

as Moses did. He was simply a servant. While Moses was on the hill lifting his hands to God, Joshua was in the trenches, doing battle with the enemy. Joshua is nobody made somebody by grace.

Schofield says Moses is the first step of redemption, the coming out of the world and Joshua is the second step, the coming into God’s promise. Both are necessary parts of redemption. 

Canaan isn’t a type of heaven for there was conflict there. It is a type of spiritual victory. May God grant us each the grace to be victors. 

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