|TODAY IN THE WORD|
Monday Feb 19, 2018
Do you get intimidated if you are asked to fill big shoes? Welcome to the Word with Pastor David. Joshua is asked to follow Moses’ 40 years of remarkable leadership. What does the Lord tell him as he is to launch his new role? Joshua 1:5 and 9 reads:
“…As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you…Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”
Joshua is stepping into different tasks and will be testing different abilities, but God is letting him know that he is still the same. The same God that helped Moses will help Joshua. Other things may be new but God is the same. And we can stand on this same promise. The same God who helped the person that we think had such big shoes will help us. God is the same, and he will not run out on us. He will be with us in every challenge. So we can strive courageously into unknown territory with God—a known and trusted friend with us all the way.
And that’s the Word from Deer Lodge Assembly on the corner of 5th and Montana.
Tuesday Feb 20, 2018
Have you been asked to fill big shoes? Welcome to the Word with Pastor David. Joshua is asked to follow Moses’ 40 years of remarkable leadership. How does the Lord encourage him as he launches his new role? Joshua 1:7-8 reads:
“…Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go. Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night so that you may be careful to do everything written in it…”
When Joshua is staring at the unknown demands of the future, the Lord tells him that something is still the same—the Word of God. If he will soak in the truth of scripture he will successfully meet the challenges ahead. And this is true for us. Nothing can help us face big challenges like spending time with the Word. Invest in understanding it and it will modify our thinking to be like the One who will help us at every step.
And that’s the Word from David Baker of Deer Lodge Assembly on the corner of 5th and Montana.
Wednesday Feb 21, 2018
When following someone with big shoes, does it feel like their success creates a straight jacket? Welcome to the Word with Pastor David. Joshua followed one of history’s greatest leaders in Moses. Did he do everything the same as Moses did? Joshua 2:1 reads:
“Then Joshua…secretly sent two spies from Shittim. “Go, look over the land,” he said, ‘especially Jericho.”…”
What is remarkable about this action is how different it is from how Moses did it 40 years earlier. The Lord directed Moses to send one man from each of the 12 tribes that time. Now 4 decades later Joshua did not feel constrained to follow that model. It resulted in complaint and rebellion last time, so he made a hand-picked secret selection of only two men, and they experienced success.
The point isn’t which model was best. The point is that God’s Kingdom can advance differently from one leader to the next. You and I are not in a straight jacket to follow slavishly the methods of our predecessors. The same God can work through our effort in different ways.
And that’s the Word from Pastor David of Deer Lodge Assembly. Join our Wedesday adult Bible Study at 6:30 for more of the Word.
Thursday Feb 22, 2018
What kind of advice does the Lord give Joshua as he faces following in Moses’ footsteps? Welcome to the Word with Pastor David. Joshua 1 reports:
“…As I was with Moses, so I will be with you…” (v. 5)
The same God promised to be with both leaders. When facing a new challenge, remember that it is the same God that helps each generation of leaders.
The same Word of God that guided our predecessors is still true for us. Invest in the Bible and it will steer us toward success.
But we aren’t locked in to another’s methods. Joshua followed the same God, and obeyed the same Word, but he did things differently than his predecessor. And so we too are called to trust our relationship with the same Lord and study the same Bible, and we will be guided to accomplish God’s work in our own unique way.
And that is the Word from Deer Lodge Assembly on the corner of 5th and Montana.
Friday Feb 23, 2018
I love the Olympics! Welcome to the Word with Pastor David. One stunning story came from the 30km skiathlon. A Norwegian named Simen Hegstad Kruger broke a pole and fell at the very start of the race. In last place, he got up and gave his all anyway. After all, it was the Olympics! As the hour unfolded in this grueling cross-country style race, Kruger skied past all 63 other competitors and won the gold medal by a significant margin!
Young Mark flopped badly in his first effort at missionary work with the Apostle Paul. Paul pointedly refused to take him on his next expedition. He could have quit, but he didn’t. Many years later, Paul is stuck in prison, and he asks Timothy in II Timothy 4:11:
“…Get Mark and bring him with you, because he is helpful to me in my ministry.”
Mark and Kruger have something to say to all of us: when you fall down, get back up. You have no way of knowing how much you can achieve unless you give it your best effort. It is an athletic and spiritual truth that it isn’t how you start but how you finish that matters.
And that’s the Word. You can enjoy more of the Word this Sunday at 10:45 at Deer Lodge Assembly on the corner of 5th and Montana.