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Vows And Jephthah made a vow to the Lord, and said, “If You will indeed deliver the people of Ammon into my hands, then it will be that whatever comes out of the doors of my house to meet me, when I return in peace from the people of Ammon, shall surely be the Lord’s, and I will offer it up as a burnt offering… for I have given my word to the Lord, and I cannot go back on it.” —Judges 11: 30-31, 35 Jephthah had made a terrible vow. Sometimes when we are in trouble we do that….

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Turn and Serve

Turn and Serve And the children of Israel said to the Lord, “We have sinned! Do to us whatever seems best to You; only deliver us this day, we pray.” So they put away the foreign gods from among them and served the Lord. And His soul could no longer endure the misery of Israel. —Judges 10: 15-16 Israel had forsaken God. Once again, they began worshiping false gods. And once again, they ended up in bondage—crying out to God. God responded by saying, “I have helped you in the past, but I will deliver you no more.” In Genesis…

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God’s Army

God’s Army Then the Lord said to Gideon, “By the three hundred men who lapped I will save you, and deliver the Midianites into your hand.” —Judges 7: 7 God thinned the troops in order to get men He could use for His glory. Eventually, from the 32,000 men who answered Gideon’s call, only 300 remained. God disqualified the majority in two ways: He eliminated those who were fearful, and those who were careless. Fearful men run in the midst of the battle, and they can infect others with their fear. **God knows that fear is born when we focus…

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The Sin of Doing Nothing

The Sin of Doing Nothing “Curse Meroz,” said the angel of the Lord, “Curse its inhabitants bitterly, because they did not come to the help of the Lord, to the help of the Lord against the mighty.” —Judges 5: 23 The angel of the Lord pronounced a bitter curse upon Meroz because they didn’t help in the time of crisis and need. In the day of the battle, they did nothing to come to the help of the Lord. God has called His people to action. You have been saved to serve. “Be doers of the word,” James tells us,…

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An Inescapable Law

An Inescapable Law And Adoni-Bezek said, “Seventy kings with their thumbs and big toes cut off used to gather scraps under my table; as I have done, so God has repaid me.” Then they brought him to Jerusalem, and there he died. —Judges 1: 7 Adoni-Bezek was a powerful king. He had conquered seventy other kingdoms, and cut off the thumbs and big toes of each defeated king. When he was finally conquered by the men of Judah, what did they do? They cut off his thumbs and big toes. And he said, “As I have done to others, so…

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The Only Wise Choice

The Only Wise Choice …choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord. —Joshua 24: 15 In prosperous times, it is easy to take your eyes off God. That’s what was happening with Israel. Settled in the land, they were beginning to prosper—and beginning to turn to the gods of their fathers again. A choice awaited them—the same choice that awaits…

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Sincerely Yours

Sincerely Yours Now therefore, fear the Lord, serve Him in sincerity and in truth, and put away the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the River and in Egypt. Serve the Lord! —Joshua 24: 14 The children of Israel had begun serving other gods. They still acknowledged God’s existence, but their time and energy were absorbed in other pursuits. They shoved God into a secondary place. Joshua saw how the hearts of God’s children were turning away from Him. So he issued a challenge. When Joshua stood before the people, he gave them a choice. They…

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The Faithfulness of God

The Faithfulness of God So the Lord gave to Israel all the land of which He had sworn to give to their fathers, and they took possession of it and dwelt in it. The Lord gave them rest all around, according to all that He had sworn to their fathers. And not a man of all their enemies stood against them; the Lord delivered all their enemies into their hand. Not a word failed of any good thing which the Lord had spoken to the house of Israel. All came to pass. —Joshua 21: 43-45 What a powerful witness this…

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The Power of God

The Power of God Then Joshua spoke to the Lord in the day when the Lord delivered up the Amorites before the children of Israel, and he said in the sight of Israel: “Sun, stand still over Gibeon; and Moon, in the Valley of Aijalon.” So the sun stood still, and the moon stopped, till the people had revenge upon their enemies. —Joshua 10: 12-13 The Israelites had fought hard, and victory was near—but night was coming. Joshua realized that when it got dark, the Amorites would be able to escape. They needed more time. So in front of all…

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