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SINCERITY, IN CHRISTIAN LIVING

August 3, 2016

Wednesday

 

Joshua 24:14

 

Now, therefore, fear the LORD and serve Him in sincerity and truth; and put away the gods which your fathers served beyond the River and in Egypt, and serve the LORD.

 

 

LESSON

 

Joshua appealed to the Israelites to commit themselves to Him anew. Though Israel was not as guilty of idolatry at this stage in her history as she was later, this sin existed in the nation to some degree. Joshua’s offer to “choose” which “gods” they would serve. The people responded by committing themselves to Yahweh. They were committing themselves, at least vocally, to join Joshua in serving the Lord. Joshua did not want the people to make a superficial decision, however. The great need of most Christians is to learn that in themselves they simply cannot be the people God wants them to be. Therefore Joshua reminded them of the difficulties involved in following the Lord.

“If you have no desire to worship the LORD, choose today whom you will worship, whether it be the gods whom your ancestors worshiped beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you are living. But I and my family will worship the LORD!” Will yours do the same?

 

Memory Verse: 1 John 3:8

 

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