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.
15 And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.
16 And the people answered and said, God forbid that we should forsake the LORD, to serve other gods;
17 For the LORD our God, he it is that brought us up and our fathers out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage, and which did those great signs in our sight, and preserved us in all the way wherein we went, and among all the people through whom we passed:
18 And the LORD drave out from before us all the people, even the Amorites which dwelt in the land: therefore will we also serve the LORD; for he is our God.
19 And Joshua said unto the people, Ye cannot serve the LORD: for he is an holy God; he is a jealous God; he will not forgive your transgressions nor your sins.
20 If ye forsake the LORD, and serve strange gods, then he will turn and do you hurt, and consume you, after that he hath done you good.
21 And the people said unto Joshua, Nay; but we will serve the LORD.
22 And Joshua said unto the people, Ye are witnesses against yourselves that ye have chosen you the LORD, to serve him. And they said, We are witnesses.
23 Now therefore put away, said he, the strange gods which are among you, and incline your heart unto the LORD God of Israel.
24 And the people said unto Joshua, The LORD our God will we serve, and his voice will we obey.
I was reminded today.....
When I was in my early 20's, I went to see Empire Strikes Back. I remember that there were a group of kids that had spent the night at the ticket box so they could get in first. It did not phase me then. I had remembered folk in high school talking about waiting a day and 1/2 to get tickets to a concert. Then we just had the recent PS3 sales where I spoke to a young man in his 20's who was waiting/camping out at Target for 3 days to get a PS3. Today I read where a mother and her small child were waiting in line for over a day with a day to go in order to get one of these new i-phones. It really hit me. What in the world ?????????????!!!! Is this that important to you? Is this truly what you serve and pay homage too. I have not seen anyone following after God on this order. In the New Testament we read about people following Jesus so far out of the towns taht they went days with out food and He had to do the bread and fish miracle thing. See John 6:1-14
Jesus is worth folling after! PS3's and i-phones are not!
Where does my time go? My time, not work, not family obligations, pure free time. Answer, it goes to the things I love to do. Are you any different? What about the time that is not my free time? When I have to choose the thing to do, what gets sacrificed? Time reading the Bible to watch TV? Going to the house of God or fishing. Your time and your money go to the things that you love.
13 No servant can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.
Do you remember the woman who actually died from water intoxification? Hold your wee for a wii contest. A group of people spending the better part of a day for the chance to win a video game.
Folks, you cannot break out of this bondage on your own. You need Jesus. You need an encounter with the Savior. It is not an equal time issue, a day with God a day with the world. The question is: What do you want?
19 Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:
20 But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:
21 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
Where are you laying up treasure? Is it in the desires of the things of this world or the one to come, the heavenly kingdom.
For your sake be honest. Tell God and He will help you: deny it , and you get to deal with it your self. And guess what, you cannot deal with it by your self: no one can: NO...ONE...CAN.
Take heart and have hope, Jesus came to help us!
It is the only reason He came. He had no other purpose than our salvation: to destroy the works of satan over our lives that we were sold into.
I pray this word encourage you to seeking His Face and a deeper relationship with Him in prayer, the Word of God, and fellowship with like followers of Christ.
16 Then the king commanded, and they brought Daniel, and cast him into the den of lions. Now the king spake and said unto Daniel, Thy God whom thou servest continually, he will deliver thee.
The devil (the god of this world) cannot deliver. Only the Lord can, He is the One we need to serve.