Welcome to Kendra Graham’s online Bible study. This is a place where you can come and share your journey towards Scriptural truths and spiritual maturity. We pray this will be a safe, respectful, resourceful place to come and discuss God’s Word…to discover What it says…What it means…and What it means to you!
Kendra suggests you use the following process when studying Scripture. We have included an example of this process from John 1:1.
Step 1: Pray
Step 2: Read God’s Word (look at the passage)
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
Step 3: What Does God’s Word Say? (list the facts)
1 In the beginning the Word was with God and was God.
Step 4: What Does God’s Word Mean? (learn the lessons)
1 God‘s Word is not just ancient philosophy, it is eternal Truth.
Step 5: What Does God’s Word Mean to Me? (listen to his voice)
1 How do I view the Bible?
Kendra Graham NOTES from Joshua 11:15-20
What Does it Say?
15. The LORD commanded Moses, Moses commanded Joshua & Joshua did. He left NOTHING undone that the LORD commanded.
16-17. Joshua took that land, captured their kings, struck them & put them to death.
18. Joshua waged war a long time.
19. There was not a city which made peace except Gibeon; they took them all in battle.
20. It was the LORD to harden their hearts & meet Israel in battle, that He might destroy them, they received no mercy just as the LORD commanded
What Does it Mean?
15. Be very careful to instruct what the LORD says (not what I think). Be very careful to do ALL the LORD commands… not just what I think is pertinent. (How cool would it be, to have this said about you and me? That we left nothing undone that the LORD commanded?!) hmmmm so much to chew on here.
16-17. Joshua lived a life of faithfulness, proven by obedience. Faithfulness is gained through obedience proven day in and day out… and cannot be measured until the end.
18. Joshua battled day after day, week after week, year after year for the same thing.. until he was old and gray. How many times must he have been tired of the battle set before him, yet again….(did he ever say … ug… here we go AGAIN?) We all want instant gratification; however God does not work on our timetable, we work in His. Victory is won as we press in and press on today…. and tomorrow… and the day after that….. don’t get frustrated when things don’t resolve immediately, stay faithful… hang on to the promises of God’s Word and character. Don’t give up. It’s not the end result of the activity we yearn for, it is faithfulness to God in spite of results, that is what we strive for! Focus on being faithful. Tough stuff my friends.
19. The world is not intent on making peace with God as much as they are at making war with God…. (listen to the media on any given day.) Everyone must make a choice to be for God or against Him. There is no gray area. But there is a choice.
20. There is a time for everything, a time for grace and mercy, and a time for judgment and righteousness. God’s character is proven on both sides of the matter. God is glorified in Israel, and Gibeon, showing that He is full of grace and mercy, and God is holy and perfect, glorified in His right judgment and righteousness displayed to the other nations who were destroyed. God’s character is proven no matter what.
What does it mean to me?
15. Am I listening to LORD and what He wants, or am I trying to get the LORD to listen to me and accomplish what I want? Where has the LORD called me today? Will I live today in obedience to what I have been instructed?
16-17. Is faithful obedience an objective in my life? Why or why not? Is it obvious to others?
18. Do I give up if things don’t seem to be going my way or the way I think they should go? Will I continue to trust God to work all things out for my good and His glory, day in and day out? Will I continue on in spite of being battle weary trusting God to “strengthen those who wait upon Him?” Isaiah 40:31
19. What have I chosen? Have I chosen to make peace with God by trusting Jesus as my Savior? Or… Have I chosen to stay at odds with God? Do I realize God has made a way to have peace with Him through Jesus?
20. How will God be glorified in my life? Will I accept His grace and mercy? Will I opt for His judgment and wrath?
** God loves you. God loves you so much, and wants to display His grace and mercy to you with His whole Being. God proved this love by coming to earth in the form of a man, that man is Jesus. Jesus lived a perfect life, not sinning (doing wrong) one time. Jesus had to be perfect, not one sin is allowed in heaven. We must be as perfect as God to enter…. not “good enough” …. but PERFECT. None of us are (Romans 3:10,23). Jesus was perfect, so, being perfect, offered Himself as the perfect payment for us, where we fail. Jesus died on the cross, shed His blood, so the wrath of God would be satisfied. God took His wrath out on Himself on the cross, protecting us! Then 3 days later ROSE from the grave (I Corinthians 15:3-4)…. Jesus did this so He could show His mercy to us. All we have to do is accept it. “For the wages of sin is death, BUT the GIFT of God (Jesus) is eternal life. Romans 6:23. If you have never accepted this gift of forgiveness, take time now to ask it of God. Romans 10:9-10 “that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation.” All we have to do is ask for God’s mercy and forgiveness. God holds true to His Word. Accept His grace and mercy while it is offered. “Now is the day of salvation.” II Corinthians 6:2. The choice is yours. How will you choose?
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HOMEWORK: Joshua 14:6-11