Joshua 14-15, Luke 1

Joshua 14:8
Nevertheless my brethren who went up with me made the heart of the people melt, but I wholly followed the Lord my God.

When I read verses like this, my heart cries out, “Oh Lord, make me a man who wholly follows you!” I know that wholly following the Lord give you the greatest life a person can live. The blessings are so much more than the temporal blessings that this world brings, wholly following Jesus brings eternal blessing.

Joshua 14:11
As yet I am as strong this day as on the day that Moses sent me; just as my strength was then, so now is my strength for war, both for going out and for coming in.

Oh Lord, this also is my prayer, that I might stay physcially strong until my last breath, that I might be more effectively used for your glory and honor and praise. If God can do it for Caleb, why couldn’t He do it for us? With all of my heart, I believe that He can.

Joshua 15:63
As for the Jebusites, the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the children of Judah could not drive them out; but the Jebusites dwell with the children of Judah at Jerusalem to this day.

The city of Jerusalem was a hard city to conquer because it sat upon a hil which made it easy to defend against its enemies.

Luke 1:7
But they had no child, because Elizabeth was barren, and they were both well advanced in years.

I know a number of people who want so badly to have children, but for some unexplainable reason they have not been able to do. I read accounts like this, as well as so many others in the old testament, and I pray for patience for these couples. God is able to open a barren womb! Lord, may it be so for our brothers and sisters who are waiting so patiently for you.

Luke 1:19
And the angel answered and said to him, “I am Gabriel, who stands in the presence of God, and was sent to speak to you and bring you these glad tidings.

Gabriel, that great angel of God, was one of the principal messengers of God. His name means, ‘hero of God’, or ‘God is great’.

Luke 1:41
And it happened, when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, that the babe leaped in her womb; and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit.

One of the great proofs that a baby in the womb is a viable and living human being, with heart and soul, is this account of John the Baptist responding to the presence of Jesus. I have always thought this to be so profound.

Luke 1:77
To give knowledge of salvation to His people By the remission of their sins,

This was the message of John the Baptist, to give knowledge of salvation to people by the remission of their sins, through and only through Jesus Christ.

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