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(247) 4 September : Proverbs 16v16 / Joshua 16-19 / Psalm 58v9-11

BEGIN WITH PRAYER
"Lord open my eyes and my heart."

Read slowly so that you take in. And as you do, turn your heart to God, thanking him for the good you discover and praying his will home for you, your family, your church and the world.

Wisdom to chew on

Understanding to grow in
It will take effort on our behalf to receive the eternal inheritance we have in Christ. God allotted portions of land to Israel's tribes (except for Levi who were to serve him as priests throughout), and his control of all things is seen in doing that to some extent by directing the casting of lots. But the tribes still needed to be exhorted to "take possession" of what they had been given - in God's strength. So it is that Christ urges us "to make every effort to enter through the narrow door" and Paul encourages us to "press on" and "strain" to "take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of" us (Lk 13v24, Phil 3v12-14). Let's not be complacent about this. We should not be surprised when it sometimes leaves us low, weary and bruised, as it is still to do battle. It is to wage war on sin and falsehood, struggling in prayer as we resist the principalities and powers, holding up the shield of faith and wielding the sword of the Spirit which is the word of God (Rom 7v23, 2 Cor 10v3-5, James 4v1, Rom 15v30, Eph 6v10-20). Be encouraged to keep fighting this good fight. And as you read note what the people of Israel were called to do.
Joshua 16-19

Finish this reading by pausing to ask yourself:
1) What’s the main thing it teaches me about God or his purposes in Christ? Then praise him for this.
2) What’s the main thing it teaches me about his will for me or the world? Then pray that home.

Devotion to offer up
You could read this aloud and perhaps as a springboard to further prayer.

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