The Captain

Dear Ones:

God reveals Himself to the heart and mind of an individual or a people according to their need.

“And it came to pass, when Joshua was by Jericho, that he lifted up his eyes and looked, and behold, there stood a man over against him with his sword drawn in his hand: and Joshua went unto him, and said unto him, Art thou for us, or for our adversaries?  And he said, Nay; but as captain of the host of the LORD am I now come.”  (Joshua 5:13,14)

Joshua was about to begin the campaign to conquer Canaan and was camped near Jericho.  God came and revealed Himself to Joshua as the captain of the host of the Lord.  The Lord came as Captain of the situation.  He came exactly when needed, “as captain of the host of the LORD am I NOW come.”

“And the captain of the LORD’s host said unto Joshua, Loose thy shoe from off thy foot; for the place whereon thou standest is holy. And Joshua did so.” (Joshua 5:15)

Remember that God had instructed Moses in the same way. (Exodus 3:5)  God also revealed Himself to Isaiah in this manner.  “Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord of hosts: the whole earth is full of His glory.” (Isaiah 6:1-3)

It was imperative that Joshua grasp what God was seeking to reveal to him.  God called him to see Him as He is, in His uniqueness, His holiness, His perfection and His beauty. So it is with all of God’s servants.  We are never to lose the perspective that as He is, we are to be in this world.  This is only possible as we depend wholly upon Him. submit to Him without reserve, and give Him all the glory for what He does.

As Edmond Budry wrote in “Thine be the glory, risen, conquering Son“:

“Thine be the glory, Risen, Conquering Son
Endless is the victory, Thou o’er death hath won.”

With the revelation of God to the heart, there is the calling by God not only to believe, but to obey.  When the Lord spoke to Gideon and revealed Himself, He also declared, “The Lord is with thee, thou mighty man of valor.” (Judges 6:11,12)  As was the case with Joshua, so it is with Gideon.  God reveals Himself and seeks to evoke the response of faith, and the commitment to obey.  Gideon had some difficulty believing it was actually God who was speaking to him, but when that matter was settled. he responded in faith and obedience.  Again as with Joshua, so with Gideon, there followed the manifestation of the glory of God as each man went from victory to victory.

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Edith G. Cherry (1872-1897)

Edith G. Cherry wrote in “We Rest on Thee“:

“Yea, in Thy Name, O Captain of salvation;
In Thy dear Name, all other names above;
Jesus our Righteousness, our sure Foundation,
Our Prince of glory, and our King of love.

We go in faith, our own great weakness feeling;
And needing more each day Thy grace to know,
Yet from our hearts a song of triumph pealing;
We rest on Thee, and in Thy Name we go.”

volume-max-2016-03-25-14-06 Listen: “We Rest on Thee”

Today may the Captain of our salvation the Lord Jesus, lead us. May our hearts rejoice in Him who is  the Author and Finisher of our faith and may we believe Him to reveal in us His victory.  After all, He IS the God, the Lord, of Joshua and of Gideon.  He is OUR King and Conqueror to trust and obey, and we are His.

Also from “We Rest on Thee“:

“We rest on Thee, our Shield and Our Defender:
Thine is the battle, Thine shall be the praise.”

Have a wonderful, rejoicing day in Christ.

Love,
Dad

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Union with Christ

Dear Ones:

Francis Ridley Havergal wrote in the sixth stanza of the hymn “Jesus, Thy Life is Mine“:

“Jesus, my life is Thine,
And evermore shalt be,
Hidden in Thee, 
For nothing can untwine, 
Thy life from mine.”

Let us today, by faith, lay hold of the wonderful truth of our inseparable union with Christ. (Colossians 1:27; Ephesians 2:5-6) The Apostle Paul said, “For me to live IS Christ, and to die is gain.” (Philippians 1:21)  Paul lived in the reality of his union with Christ. Continue reading

A Morning Act of Faith

Dear Ones:

In Handley Moule‘s “A Morning Act of Faith and Devotion,” he begins by writing:

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Handley Moule

“I believe on the Son of God, therefore, I am in Him,
having redemption through His blood, and life by His Spirit.” 

Moule begins his day by taking a stand of faith.  He has understood that this is the principle by which he must live if he is to be in the position to receive all that he needs from Christ.

“He is in me and all fullness is in Him,
To Him I belong by creation, purchase, conquest, and self-surrender:
To me He belongs for all my hourly need.”

Faith in the fact of Christ’s existence and the belief that He is truly what He has declared Himself to be is the beginning point, the foundation upon Continue reading

Digging Wells

Dear Ones:

“And there was a famine in the land…” (Genesis 26:1)  In the will of God we will face trials.  Here we read of Isaac during this time of famine.  God instructed him to NOT go down to Egypt but to go to Gerar, and to live among the Philistines.  Gerar would prove to be a place of great blessing but also of intermittent conflict.

Abraham, Isaac’s father, had previously been in Gerar and had dug a good many wells to provide fresh water for his family and flocks. After his death, the Philistines, out of malice, Continue reading

Christ, The Power Of The Resurrection

Dear Ones:

“That I may know Him, and the power of His resurrection…” (Philippians 3:10)

It is one thing to know ABOUT the power of His resurrection. It is quite another to KNOW that power in the life, where we live. We are apt to think that we do not need such power in the ordinary things of life but consider how Jesus lived. He lived a life of complete dependence upon His Father in all the details of daily life. (John 8:28, John 5:19, 30) Continue reading

Without A Vision The People Perish

Dear Ones:

God is a God of clarity.  When He instructs Hababbuk to write down a vision, He says, “…make it PLAIN upon the tables, that he may run that breadth it.” (Hab. 2:2)

Paul writes in 1 Corinthians 14:8, “…For if the trumpet give an uncertain sound, who shall prepare himself to the battle?”  David writes in Psalm 27:1, “The Lord is my LIGHT and my salvation, who shall I fear?”  And finally, James writes in James 1:5 “If any man lack wisdom, let him ask of God, who giveth to all men liberally and upbraideth not.”  What is the issue here?  Continue reading