When you think about bold strong and courageous people in the Bible, names like Joshua, Caleb and David come mind. If you think about what they accomplished, despite the odds, it gives you every assurance that when God is on your side, “all things are possible.” (Matt.19:26, Mark 10:27). This history of Israel cannot be mentioned without the story of Joshua. The book of Joshua presents the end of Israel’s wilderness days. It also presents their new beginnings. The new life of Israel in their new land.
God’s sovereign grace is clearly seen throughout the book of Joshua. The God of covenant and faithfulness, His mighty hand always went before them. However, the story of Joshua reveals something that we must recognise and understand as Christians. Joshua, Caleb and the children of Israel had formidable obstacles along the way. There was some responsibility to take action on their part. They did not run away from. They stood in the face of fierce giants and actively engaged in warfare.
Every believer is saved by Grace, but wouldn’t it be strange if the believer never prayed, opened their bible or acted upon the Word of God? Can we point to sovereign grace and apply it to every area of our lives and then defiantly turn our backs on scripture and what it teaches? Canaan was given to Israel as a free gift, but there was still some responsibility on their part to cross over the river Jordan to obtain it. Eternal life is a gift of God (Romans 6:23). Revelation 6:23 also talks about tribulation, faithfulness and a crown of life…
“…ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life.”
The believers inheritance has been permanently purchased by Christ’s death on the cross. He is the reward of those who serve Him (Col 3:24).
The entrance of light into any environment will always bring about some form of change. While Christ tarries, there will be challenges and obstacles every believer will have to face. God has given every believer the power to overcome the world. Not by might, nor by human power, but by the spirit of God (Zech 4:6). He has given us the power to endure the race (Heb. 12:1). 1 Tim. 6:12 says: “Fight the good fight of faith.” John 6:27 says,
“But don’t be so concerned about perishable things like food. Spend your energy seeking the eternal life that the Son of Man can give you. For God the Father has given me the seal of his approval.”
©Ruth Dickson Author UK Christian Author
1st January 2016 #freeGrace #FreeinChrist #PurchasedforChrist #Richinmercy #RichinGrace