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Hebrews 2:10-18New International Version (NIV)

10 In bringing many sons and daughters to glory, it was fitting that God, for whom and through whom everything exists, should make the pioneer of their salvation perfect through what he suffered. 11 Both the one who makes people holy and those who are made holy are of the same family. So Jesus is not ashamed to call them brothers and sisters.[a] 12 He says,

“I will declare your name to my brothers and sisters;
    in the assembly I will sing your praises.”[b]

13 And again,

“I will put my trust in him.”[c]

And again he says,

“Here am I, and the children God has given me.”[d]

14 Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might break the power of him who holds the power of death—that is, the devil— 15 and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death. 16 For surely it is not angels he helps, but Abraham’s descendants. 17 For this reason he had to be made like them,[e] fully human in every way, in order that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in service to God,and that he might make atonement for the sins of the people.18 Because he himself suffered when he was tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted.

Leaders please beware!

 These Will Lead You Straight Into an Affair

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NOTE: This article is an excerpt from The Solomon Seduction: What You Can Learn From the Wisest Fool in the Bible by Pastor Mark Atteberry.

King Solomon is known for many things, but let’s not kid ourselves; it’s the women that blow our minds.

The man had a mindboggling 700 wives and 300 concubines. I’m pretty sure that no one who reads this article is ever going to have a thousand wives and mistresses, but many will be tangled up in an illicit romantic relationship, or at least heading in that direction.

Consider these five illusions and take them as a dire warning. They are at the heart of every church leader’s descent into sexual sin.

Illusion #1: That which seems harmless is actually dangerous.

What seems harmless?

Flirting.

Married people do it all the time, sometimes with body language, sometimes with seemingly casual, yet not-so-innocent touches, sometimes with suggestive comments and sometimes with just a look.

Challenge a flirtatious person and you’ll likely be laughed out of the room. And yet, every illicit sexual affair in the history of the world started with flirting.

I can’t think of anything a person can do that has more danger wrapped up in it than flirting with someone who is “off limits.”

Illusion #2: That which seems perfect is deeply flawed.

What seems perfect?

The other woman, of course.

Your wife rolls her eyes at your jokes, while the other woman practically falls down laughing.

Your wife obsesses over the kids and the bills and the laundry, while the other woman is only interested in you.

Your wife wears frumpy clothes, while the other woman is always dressed to the nines and smells like a field of lilacs.

But it’s all an illusion.

If the other woman was really perfect, she wouldn’t be having an affair with a married man.

Plus the fact that she, too, has bills and laundry and bad breath and frumpy clothes and a temper and a lot of other things she’s being careful to hide from you.

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Mark Atteberry is the award-winning author of eleven books. He has been the preaching minister of Poinciana Christian Church in Kissimmee, Florida since 1989. A popular speaker, he has preached and led workshops at countless churches, conferences, colleges, and retreats. He is married to Marilyn, his high school sweetheart.

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Joshua 6:1-11

As we continue in our study of Joshua, you can’t help but notice the close relationship Joshua has with the Lord, in the past chapter we see Joshua standing before the commander of the Lord’s army ,we ended on the note where he is asked to take his shoes off, while on holy ground.

In Joshua 6:2 we see the Lord speaking to Joshua and giving him instructions on how to to attack and conquer Jericho. You notice the tone here is not of a command but a conversational one, once again showing us the importance and benefit of being in the presence of the lord.

In Joshua 1:5 God promises Joshua that, As I was with Moses, so I will be with you, I will never leave you nor forsake you. We all remember what a great relationship Moses enjoyed and had with the lord, despite of his few errors which actually cost him a place and experience of the promised land.

As we study this book and journey of the Israelites, I cant help the loud voice and emphasis on the subject of relationship. Brothers and sisters, God  wants and desires to have a relationship with us, a continual relationship not just based on what we can get or receive from him but one that is based on true love and devotion to him. In the book of Proverbs, he makes it even more clear, Proverbs 8:17 I love those who love me, and those who diligently seek me will find me.  This verse is a proof that God desires our relationship and he just like us, desires those who honestly love him and will even go the extra mile to seek and pursue him……….he too promises to be found by those who seek for him.

Will you be the one? my prayer today is that you will be ‘that’ one whose heart, mind, and soul is crazy in love! with God and the things of God.

Back to our text as we finish, in Joshua 6:2 God himself reiterates to Joshua, ‘ see I have given you Jericho into your hand, with its king and the valiant warriors’   and also provides further instructions on how to execute the mission.

I pray that the lord will open our eyes to see the places he has already given us victory over and that we will be obedient and follow his instructions to fully possess his  promises.

 

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Do we still feel the Holy awe? Daily Devo with Andrew

For those of you who have been following my periscope videos know that we have been studying the book Joshua since the beginning of Feb…I thought being a new month, there is something common between us and the Israelite’s at this point.

They are going into the promised land, and back here many of us are trying to keep pace with the new year with lots of expectations and resolutions. So today we are in chapter 5:13-15, let’s dive in….Verse 13 13 Now when Joshua was near Jericho, he looked up and saw a man standing in front of him with a drawn sword in his hand. Joshua went up to him and asked, “Are you for us or for our enemies?”  

When Joshua is near his place of conquest ,’ Jericho’ which is also a challenge ahead of him, he looks up (Pause)     Where do we look when faced with big obstacles and challenges?   David reminds us in Psalm 121 I lift up my eyes to the mountains—
    where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord,
    the Maker of heaven and earth.

He also adds in Psalm 34:5 Those who look to him are radiant;
    their faces are never covered with shame.

Looking up to God gives us courage to confront whatever might be in front of us. Thankfully for Joshua it wasn’t an  enemy but if it was, he was ready to fight back.

Whenever we are in the presence of God , he has a word for us, but are we ready to listen?  Mary responded to the news of the Savior this way ,‘ And Mary said, “Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.” Luke 1:38

Joshua responds the same way, in verse 14,“What message does my Lord have for his servant?”  the commander of the lord’s army, tells him in verse  15 , “Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy.” And Joshua did so… 

Have you noticed how real the presence of the lord is? when we acknowledge him, take time to digest that we are in the presence of the almighty God, when we take a minute or two or more and realize that God is Here! right now in our midst……It changes the way we look at our time, our one on one time with him….it ceases to be a routine we can’t wait to get out of, but a precious moment we want to relive every day of our lives.

That is my prayer today, that you will experience and feel the presence of God even as you read and study his word.

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