Old Patterns - Joshua 1
When I was growing up, my mom and my Mamaw sewed many of their own clothes. Dresses, pant suits, aprons ... whatever they needed they could sew. They would trade patterns with friends and other family members who also sewed. As you can imagine, every person who used the same pattern got the same dress. Maybe a different color or a different size, but the dress was the same. Even today, if we were to pull out those patterns from the cedar chest, pin them to material, cut them out, and then sew the pieces together, we would get the same dress. Patterns always produce similar results.
As we read the wilderness journey of Israel in Exodus through Deuteronomy, we begin to notice patterns in their lives that held them back from inheriting the Promised Land. We heard in Sunday's message that old patterns of grumbling, fear, doubt, negativity, and living in the past kept Israel wandering the wilderness for forty years. Take some time and read Numbers 13-14. Make some notes in your journal about key findings you uncover. Take your time and meditate on the scripture, asking God to show you some truths that will help you find nourishment over the next couple of days.
Now that you have made some notes from Numbers 13 and 14, do the same thing for Joshua 1. List some common phrases and ideas you discover.
As you consider both of these passages, take some time for personal inquiry, recognizing that between the two passages, God's promises remained the same. God's person (Joshua/Moses) changed physically but had the same spiritual determination. The difference between the two passages is that God's people (Promised Land Israel) in Joshua 1 were physically and spiritually different. They were ready to get the taste of disobedience out of their mouth. To remove this taste, some old patterns had to break. For you to move forward in your walk with Christ, some old patterns need to break as well.
Take some time as you ask yourself key questions about old patterns to make notes about patterns that keep you on the wrong side of the Jordan, wandering in the wilderness. What tendencies and cycles block you from advancing in your blessing? Write these in your journal, and then spend time praying over them, asking God for the wisdom and strength to break these patterns this week as you consider your role in your own spiritual journey, in spreading the gospel, and in Compassion 329.
1/3/2021 09:31:46 am
We as individuals and as a church family MUST make that very important deep hearted decision to move forward and open our hearts and change that half empty glass attitude into a new beginning of half full. We must listen to God's words through Joshua and take this again opportunity to take his hand and move forward. Take the fear away and the unknown away and have Faith in God and no matter how small, make a difference. Thank You for showing me the light!
1/4/2021 02:22:18 pm
Janice, I agree completely. No need to focus on half empty when we can CHOOSE to see the world differently. Move forward, and inherit His blessing. He provides the blessing.
God gives every believer at least one spiritual gift at the time of the new birth, yet many Christians live much or all of their Christian life without realizing that fact or the impact of such a truth." I believe that many of us have yet to uncover and or realize just what our gifts are! I believe that if we just take the time to meditate on what gifts we have to offer.... we can move forward to growing, serving and fulfilling our purpose right here, right now in our own back yard at Sparr Baptist Church and the community!
1/4/2021 02:24:43 pm
Renee, this is so true. Every believer has a gift to be used for God's glory. Even before we realize our gift, we can take the "small lunch" we have available and offer it to the Lord for His work. I know for me, I have often been able to discover my gift while serving instead of waiting to serve until I know all of the specifics.
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