April 12, 2019 – Pacified By Freedom

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Pacified By Freedom

 April 12
 Daily Reading – Judges 3-5 / Luke 11:1-28

GOD SAID:

Judges 3:30 So Moab was subdued that day under the hand of Israel. And the land had rest fourscore years.


GETTING INTO GOD’S WORD:

     Binky, Nuggie, Woo-Woo, Silencer, are a few of the many names used for a pacifier. That wonderful invention that causes the baby to stop crying for a while when placed in their mouth. It will not work long if a baby is really hungry or needs their diaper changed. However, there are many times a baby does not know what it wants, it just wants something. The pacifier seems to fit that need. Many times giving the baby a pacifier will even allow them to be lulled into sleep.

    The Children of Israel, who really acted more like the babies of Israel, were pacified with rest. God had handed Israel’s freedom over to several opposing nations. He did this it says in Judges 3:4 to see if Israel would learn to listen and obey the commands He had given their nations years before. In Judges 3:9 it says the children of Israel cried out to the Lord because of this oppression. This happens several times throughout the book of Judges. Each time God raises up a Judge to deliver them from their situation. Whenever they regain their freedom it says something like; “and the land had rest,” and it tells the number of years. During this time of rest, Israel had the freedom to make a choice. Follow and obey God and be blessed, or repeat this ridiculous trial yet another time. Over, and over again we see the years of peace and quiet lull Israel into going back and repeating their evil ways against the Lord. How soon we forget, freedom is never free, and sin is always sin.



GETTING GOD’S WORD INTO ME:

     As Christians, we’re free to live however we WANT TO. That freedom was purchased by Christ at Calvary. However, if we’re really saved, our “WANT TO” should have changed. The bible says we are New Creatures and old things have passed away.


Has freedom lulled you into old sins?

 

     
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    “Getting people into the Word of God…
                               … and the Word of God into people.”

Dr. Franklin J. Senters Th.D.
Founder and Executive Director
Hebrews 2:12

April 11, 2019 – Playing With Fire

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Playing With Fire

 April 11
 Daily Reading – Judges 1-2 / Luke 10:25-42

GOD SAID:

Judges 2:2 And ye shall make no league with the inhabitants of this land; ye shall throw down their altars: but ye have not obeyed my voice: why have ye done this?


GETTING INTO GOD’S WORD:

     Every major forest fire begins with a spark. On occasion they’ve been started by what’s called natural causes such as lightening. Very few ignite by spontaneous combustion. The majority of fires are caused by man. Most of which are not set ablaze on purpose. What’s considered to be the number one cause is carelessness. A cigarette tossed near dry vegetation. Camp fires that are not extinguished completely. Someone burning debris and it gets out of control. Once a blaze has begun, it’s often impossible to stop. Many times firefighters will create an area around the fire where there’s no trees or grass to burn called a firebreak, and will let the fire burn itself out.

    In Deut. 7:1-6 the children of Israel were told to go through the land, destroy all the idols, and drive all the inhabitants off the land. They were also warned by God what would happen if they did not. Yet, when faced with the task of obeying God, they chose what seemed easy over what was right. In Judges 1 we read over and again how they allowed many of the nations to stay. It says they made them tributaries. In other words they collected taxes from them. They thought if they took some of that money and gave it to God, it would be ok. However, it was not ok with God. By the time of New Testament, Israel finds themselves in the same situation only reversed with Rome. Not obeying God is like playing with fire. Someones going to get burned.


GETTING GOD’S WORD INTO ME:

  Nothings changed about obeying God. Many today play in the world feeling there’s no problem. Yet in 2 Cor. 6:17 God says; “Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate..” What we feel we get by with, may one day enslave our children.


Is playing with sin worth it?

 

     
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    “Getting people into the Word of God…
                               … and the Word of God into people.”

Dr. Franklin J. Senters Th.D.
Founder and Executive Director
Hebrews 2:12

April 10, 2019 – Portrait Of Fear

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Portrait Of Fear

 April 10
 Daily Reading – Joshua 23-24 / Luke 10:1-24

GOD SAID:

Joshua 24:14 Now therefore fear the LORD, and serve him in sincerity and in truth: and put away the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the flood, and in Egypt; and serve ye the LORD.


GETTING INTO GOD’S WORD:

     What would be a good portrait of fear? I guess that depends on how you describe that fear. When I worked in the warehouse, we had storage racks with skids of boxes on them. Once while working on one side of the racks, I saw another guy getting ready to reach into the area I was already in from the other side of that rack. When he bent down and reached in I made a growling sound like a mad dog. He jumped back, and let out a high-pitched scream. That might be what many picture as fear. However, many times at church, I will see people bending a knee in prayer to the Lord, or lifting their voices in praise to Him in song. This is also a picture of fear.

    In Joshua 24:14 Joshua tells the people; “Now therefore fear the LORD, and serve him in sincerity and in truth: and put away the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the flood, and in Egypt; and serve ye the LORD.” This verse tells us how to fear the Lord. We should not live afraid of a loving God. However, we should have a reverent respect of who He is and His authority. I’m not afraid of walking near a semi-truck, but I don’t stand in front of one going 60 MPH. Joshua says, serve God with sincerity and truth. That means willingly. Because you want to, not because you have to. He also said put away all other gods. You can’t serve the world and God. The portrait becomes very clear with; “Serve ye the LORD.” 


GETTING GOD’S WORD INTO ME:

  The portrait of fear that the world needs to see is an undivided Holy respect for this awesome loving God. Respect for His word by living it out. Respect for our worship with adoration for His love through Christ.


What portrait of love for a Holy God does the world see through you?

 

     
Living In His Word Ministries
    “Getting people into the Word of God…
                               … and the Word of God into people.”

Dr. Franklin J. Senters Th.D.
Founder and Executive Director
Hebrews 2:12

April 9, 2019 – Promised Our Fathers

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Promised Our Fathers

 April 9
 Daily Reading – Joshua 21-22 / Luke 9:27-62

GOD SAID:

Joshua 21:43 And the LORD gave unto Israel all the land which he sware to give unto their fathers; and they possessed it, and dwelt therein.


GETTING INTO GOD’S WORD:

     Over the years I have had people say things to me about my dad. They have told me about his fairness, about his work ethic, and about him being an honest man who kept his word. People, for the most part seemed to like my dad. My dad’s good name opened several doors for me in life. Who he was, is who people assumed I would be as well. I have tried to live up to that and leave a good name for my children also. However, that has not always been true. For a time in my younger years, I didn’t value the heritage of a good family name. I, like many others, thought that I was going to do it all on my own. Be my own man. Carve my own path. While it’s true that my dad and I are different in many ways, it’s also true that I am blessed because of who he was. A good family heritage is of great value.

    As we move toward the end of the book of Joshua we see that the land God had promised to Israel is now theirs. God has kept His word, as we all know, He always does. However, this did not begin with Joshua. It didn’t begin with Moses. It began with a promise that God had made to their fathers. It was the faith of Abraham in God’s word that earned them this heritage. This heritage was promised to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. There was a delay in receiving that land because of their sinfulness. Yet even the sins of an entire nation of people could not stop God from fulfilling His promise to their fathers. He promised!


GETTING GOD’S WORD INTO ME:

  God always completes what He sets out to do. What a blessed assurance we have in His promises of old. Phil. 1:6 says; “Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:”


Has God began a work in you?

 

     
Living In His Word Ministries
    “Getting people into the Word of God…
                               … and the Word of God into people.”

Dr. Franklin J. Senters Th.D.
Founder and Executive Director
Hebrews 2:12

April 8, 2019 – Putting Others First

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Putting Others First

 April 8
 Daily Reading – Joshua 18-20 / Luke 9:1-26

GOD SAID:

Joshua 19:49 When they had made an end of dividing the land for inheritance by their coasts, the children of Israel gave an inheritance to Joshua the son of Nun among them: 


GETTING INTO GOD’S WORD:

     It never dawned on me what was going on as a little boy. I always just saw my mom scooping food on mine and my sister’s plate. I wasn’t really paying attention to mom and dad eating, I was hungry and all I cared about was me! However, as I got older I noticed that my mom would always stay busy helping us get our food and moving food from the stove to the table, until everyone had something on their plate. Then she would sit down and get her servings. There was always enough, but mom always made sure everyone else was fed first. It really wasn’t a self-sacrificing or self-aggrandizing effort. She just genuinely cared for others first.

    Joshua has been busy over the last few chapters. He has been making sure that each and every tribe of Israel had received all that they needed and were awarded by God. I really don’t think He was putting himself last as some self-sacrificing or a “look at how humble I am,” sort of gesture. I really believe he cared for those people and wanted to make sure everyone was taken care of. Yet we find when it was all said and done, the Lord had kept a certain area set aside just for Joshua. It was the area he originally wanted. In the new testament Jesus mentions this same characteristic to the disciples when He said in, Matthew 19:30 “But many that are first shall be last; and the last shall be first.” If we put others first, God will watch over us.


GETTING GOD’S WORD INTO ME:

  Jesus had that attitude toward us. Paul wrote of it in Phil. 2:5 when He said; “Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:” Jesus put us first when took our sin upon Himself. Then it says in vs 9 that God highly exalted Him.


How might you put others first today?

 

     
Living In His Word Ministries
    “Getting people into the Word of God…
                               … and the Word of God into people.”

Dr. Franklin J. Senters Th.D.
Founder and Executive Director
Hebrews 2:12

April 6 & 7, 2019 – We Have Afflictions

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We Have Afflictions

 April 6 & 7
 April 6 – Daily Reading – Joshua 15-17 / Luke 8:40-56
 April 7 – NO Daily Reading

GOD SAID:

Joshua 17:12 Yet the children of Manasseh could not drive out the inhabitants of those cities; but the Canaanites would dwell in that land.


GETTING INTO GOD’S WORD:

       OK I’m Cheap! You can call it thrifty. You can call it being a good steward. You can put lipstick on a pig and tie a bow in its tail, but it’s still a pig. Call it what you will, I’m cheap at times. When rebuilding my house that had caught fire, there were times I had decided to reuse some of the wood that was there. As hard as I tried, there were some nails left behind in that old wood that were easier to just pound into the wood than to try to pull out. However, there were also times that came back to haunt me, when I tried to cut that piece of wood and didn’t see the nail until the saw blade hit it and sparks flew everywhere.

      God had given very clear instructions to Israel. In Deut. 7. They were to expel all the people off the land that He was to give them. Deut. 7:2 says; “And when the LORD thy God shall deliver them before thee; thou shalt smite them, and utterly destroy them; thou shalt make no covenant with them, nor shew mercy unto them:” That chapter goes on to say that if they didn’t do this that those people would turn Israel’s hearts away from Him. Still we find, several tribes of Israel allowed people to stay in the land. It says they made them their servants. However, later we’ll see that the sins of these people seeped into the nation of Israel and they became servants to their sin. Leaving these people there seemed like the easy thing to do at the time. However, in the long run they became an affliction to their soul..


GETTING GOD’S WORD INTO ME:

      A little sin today, can be a huge affliction down the road. Just as the Canaanites were left behind, so we see in ourselves the old sin nature left behind as well. We must daily be on guard not to yield to, or become servant of any old sin.


Are you standing guard against old sin?


THE WEEK IN REVIEW:

  I can still hear my parents saying over and again, “Listen to me!” God says the same thing, and everything God says comes true. That is why Israel said;

● We Have Arrived
● We Have Assisted
● We Have Assurance
● We Have Accomplished
● We Have Alliance
● We Have Afflictions

    We also can have blessings or avoid trials in this life, “Only If we Listen!”


SUNDAY’S:

        Today we suggest you read and study whatever the Lord has laid on your Pastors heart. Whatever scripture he uses for today’s messages were given to him by God for your specific needs

April 8, 2019Joshua 18-20Luke 9:1-26
April 9, 2019Joshua 21-22Luke 9:27-62
April 10, 2019Joshua 23-24Luke 10:1-24
April 11, 2019Judges 1-2Luke 10:25-42
April 12, 2019Judges 3-5 Luke 11:1-28
April 13, 2019Judges 6-7 Luke 11:29-54
April 14, 2019No Passages Assigned 


The last verse in an old hymn called “There Shall Be Showers of Blessings” says this;

There shall be showers of blessing, If we but trust and obey;
There shall be seasons refreshing, If we let God have His way.

Oh How true. If we will trust and obey and let God have his way,
well friend, there will be showers of blessings.

Living In His Word Ministries
“Getting people into the Word of God…
                               … and the Word of God into people.”

Dr. Franklin J. Senters Th.D.
Founder and Executive Director
Hebrews 2:12

April 5, 2019 – We Have Alliance

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We Have Alliance

 April 5
 Daily Reading – Joshua 12-14 / Luke 8:1-39

GOD SAID:

Joshua 14:14 Hebron therefore became the inheritance of Caleb the son of Jephunneh the Kenezite unto this day, because that he wholly followed the LORD God of Israel.


GETTING INTO GOD’S WORD:

     A Promise is a promise, that is until it’s broken. Today people do not trust people as they once did. It used to be that a man’s word or a handshake was enough to seal any deal. Today you have to sign contracts, give deposits, and have things notarized for a promise to be believed. Even then most people are not sure of a promise until it has been fulfilled. Arbitrators and attorneys have full-time jobs making very good wages sorting out signed contracts that were not fulfilled as promised.

    God had made a promise to Caleb concerning Hebron. Although the previous promises made to him in Numbers 14:24 and Deuteronomy 1:36 do not specifically mention Hebron, it’s clear that everyone understood this to be the place mentioned in today’s passages. Yet even prior to Caleb, God had made an alliance with Abram about this land. In Genesis 13 God tells Abram that all the land that he sees will one day be inhabited by his family. In Genesis 13:18 it says; “Then Abram removed his tent, and came and dwelt in the plain of Mamre, which is in Hebron, and built there an altar unto the LORD.” Way before Caleb was promised by God that he would possess Hebron, God had made a promise to Abram that this place would be Israels land. Even the name “Hebron” means alliance or fellowship. There were no contracts, deposits or notaries. We can always take God at His word. That’s a promise.


GETTING GOD’S WORD INTO ME:

  God has made an alliance with believers today. He promises to never leave or forsake us. He promised us a home in heaven. He promised to save us from our sin if we believe in Christ. It’s comforting to know, God always keeps His word.


Do you have real faith in God’s promises?

 

     
Living In His Word Ministries
    “Getting people into the Word of God…
                               … and the Word of God into people.”

Dr. Franklin J. Senters Th.D.
Founder and Executive Director
Hebrews 2:12

April 4, 2019 – We Have Accomplished

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We Have Accomplished

 April 4
 Daily Reading – Joshua 10-11 / Luke 7:36-50

GOD SAID:

Joshua 11:15 As the LORD commanded Moses his servant, so did Moses command Joshua, and so did Joshua; he left nothing undone of all that the LORD commanded Moses.


GETTING INTO GOD’S WORD:

        DONE! What a great feeling a person has when they have looked at all the details of a project, tackled them one by one, and have come to the place where they can say, “It’s DONE.” It’s a word of completion, yet it is also a word of accomplishment. Completions means that you have come from one point to another. There was at one time a beginning with an end in sight. Now that you’re there at that end, you can look back over all you have accomplished.

        God had given Moses a list of things to be done in Deuteronomy 20:15-18. It looked like a huge task at the time. They were facing all those kings, and all those well-fortified cities with chariots and horsemen. Moses passed this list to Joshua, and our verse today says; “and so did Joshua; he left nothing undone of all that the LORD commanded Moses.” Now in the final verse of today’s reading it says; Joshua 11:23 “So Joshua took the whole land, according to all that the LORD said unto Moses; and Joshua gave it for an inheritance unto Israel according to their divisions by their tribes. And the land rested from war.” Any time we finish something, we know there is something else to come next. So it is with the Children of Israel. There are more battles to fight, more obstacles to overcome. However, for just this one moment in time it’s nice to know, nothing was undone of all the Lord commanded. That list was DONE!



GETTING GOD’S WORD INTO ME:

      In Rev. 21:6 God says; “…It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end…” Until then, we have work to do. Yet, what peace there is in knowing, we have a promise it will all one day be DONE!


When it’s DONE, who do you want standing beside you?

 

     
Living In His Word Ministries
    “Getting people into the Word of God…
                               … and the Word of God into people.”

Dr. Franklin J. Senters Th.D.
Founder and Executive Director
Hebrews 2:12

April 3, 2019 – We Have Assurance

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We Have Assurance

 April 3
 Daily Reading – Joshua 7-9 / Luke 7:1-35

GOD SAID:

Joshua 8:34 And afterward he read all the words of the law, the blessings and cursings, according to all that is written in the book of the law.


GETTING INTO GOD’S WORD:

      Have you ever messed up? Did you ever make one of those really huge mistakes. What you may have seen as the blunder of all blunders. You may even have thought to yourself, ok, this is it. This will be the end of our relationship, or this career. What I’ve done will never be forgiven. However, you finally fess up, only to find out that the boss, or the person you felt you had wronged was a little more forgiving than you thought they might be. If so, then you may understand how the Children of Israel felt right about now.

      God had brought them over Jordan and given them a huge victory over Jericho. They were kind of on a victory lap when they came to the city of Ai. Comparing Ai to that of Jericho, it seemed rather small and easy to take. So rather than sending everyone, they just sent a few men out to take the city. However, they lost this battle. When Joshua asks God why, God says the people of Israel had sinned. Someone had taken something from Jericho, which God had told them not to do. The sin of one family now was effecting the entire camp. With God’s leading, they found who had done this, and dealt with it exactly as God directed them to do. Then, God gave them victory over the people of Ai. So they built an altar to worship God. Not only for the victory, but also for the assurance of his presence with them. They were standing exactly where God, through Moses had told them in Duet. 27:12-13 they would be.


GETTING GOD’S WORD INTO ME:

  I love 1 John 1:9 which says; “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” Jesus paid the price for my sin, my confession reassures my relationship.


Aren’t you glad for this assurance from God?

 

     
Living In His Word Ministries
    “Getting people into the Word of God…
                               … and the Word of God into people.”

Dr. Franklin J. Senters Th.D.
Founder and Executive Director
Hebrews 2:12

April 2, 2019 – We Have Assisted

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We Have Assisted

 April 2
 Daily Reading – Joshua 4-6 / Luke 6:20-49

GOD SAID:

Joshua 6:16 And it came to pass at the seventh time, when the priests blew with the trumpets, Joshua said unto the people, Shout; for the LORD hath given you the city.


GETTING INTO GOD’S WORD:

     Growing up, I remember a commercial on television for a product called “Shake N Bake.” It was a coating mix that you placed Chicken into, shook it up really good, placed the pieces on a baking sheet and tossed into the oven to bake, rather than fry the chicken. At the end of the commercial, after demonstrating how easy it was to do by having children help with the shaking, someone would say, “this is great fried chicken.” To which the smiling children would say; “it’s not fired, it’s Shake N Bake, And We helped.”

    We find in today’s chapters the Children of Israel coming to an understanding that what they were doing was assisting God in His plans. Don’t misunderstand, they’re actually doing things, but they’re doing things exactly as God says. In chapter 4 they cross over the Jordan River. Obeying every detail of God’s directions of who goes first and what to do, God then parted the Jordan River, and they all went over. In chapter 5 God commanded that all the men be circumcised. These were men born during the 40 years in the desert and they had not been separated unto the Lord with this act of obedience. They all obeyed. When we get to chapter 6 God tells them of an odd way of taking the fortified city of Jericho. Yet we hear nothing of grumbling or arguing about how it was done. Instead, they assisted God in His plan to defeat this great walled city. You can almost hear them saying; “God did it, And We Helped!”



GETTING GOD’S WORD INTO ME:

  God is still trying to help His children today. In Matthew 6:33 it says; “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” He still wants us to assist Him in His plans.


What might God do if we followed His plans?

 

     
Living In His Word Ministries
    “Getting people into the Word of God…
                               … and the Word of God into people.”

Dr. Franklin J. Senters Th.D.
Founder and Executive Director
Hebrews 2:12

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