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Joshua 23c Joshua 23c 1 March 7, 2010

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Joshua's farewell address to Israel; warns against fraternization with the pagan nations.

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Joshua calledJoshua called the leaders of the nation to come, and they camethey came.

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He reminded them of how faithful how faithful GodGod had been unto them.

And he commanded them to be as faithfulas faithful unto God.

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11-12 Take good heed therefore unto yourselves, that ye love the Lord your God. Else if ye if ye do in any wise go backdo in any wise go back, and cleave unto the remnant of these nations, even these that remain among you, and shall make marriages with them, and go in unto them, and they to you:

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Joshua states the fatal consequences of going back; know for a certainty it will be your ruin. The first step would be, friendship with idolaters; the next would be, marrying with them; the end of that would be, serving their gods. Thus the way of sin is downhill, and those who have fellowship with sinners, cannot avoidcannot avoid having fellowship with sin.

Matthew Henry Concise Bible Commentary.

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The first step backward is often in relationships.It beginsbegins in the mind, but our stepssteps soon follow.

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Romans 12 1-2 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrificeliving sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable servicereasonable service. And be notbe not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, Will of God.

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Whatever we do to fit infit in with the worldIs a step backwardstep backward with God.

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James 4 3 Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts. 4 Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.

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11-12 Take good heed therefore unto yourselves, that ye love the Lord your God. Else if ye do in if ye do in any wise go backany wise go back, and cleavecleave unto the remnant of these nations, even these that remain among you, and shall make marriages with them, and go in unto them, and they to you:

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We will cleave, either to God and His Way,Or to the world and their ways.

You can't have it both ways!

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13 Know for a certaintycertainty that the Lord your God will no more drive out any of these nations from before you; but they shall be snares and traps unto you, and scourges in your sides, and thorns in your eyes, until ye perish from off this good land which the Lord your God hath given you.

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Every choice brings results.

Deuteronomy 30 19 … I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose choose lifelife, that both thou and thy seed may live:

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14 And, behold, this day I I amam going the way of all going the way of all the earththe earth: and ye know in all your hearts and in all your souls, that not one thing hath failednot one thing hath failed of all the good thingsgood things which the Lord your God spake concerning you; allall are come to pass unto you, and not one thing hath failed thereof.

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Joshua knew that he was dying, and his only concern was for his people.

Every good thing that God has said about you has come to pass.Remember this!

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15 Therefore it shall come to pass, that as all good things are come upon you, which the Lord your God promised you; so shall the Lord bring upon so shall the Lord bring upon you all evil thingsyou all evil things, until He have destroyed you from off this good land which the Lord your God hath given you.

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16 When ye have transgressedtransgressed the Covenant of the Lord your God, which He commanded you, and have gone and served other gods, and bowed yourselves to them; then shall the anger of the Lord be kindled against you, and ye shall perish quickly from off the good land which He hath given unto you.

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A Promise of God is a Promise,Be it for good or for ill.

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James 4 10 Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He shall lift you up.

It is just as true that if we lift ourselves uplift ourselves up in pride and arrogance,

God willwill bring us down.

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Proverbs 3 1 My son, forget not my law; but let thine heart keep My Commandments: 2 For length of days, and long life, and peace, shall they add to thee. 3Let not Mercy and Truth forsake thee: bind them about thy neck; write them upon the table of thine heart: 4 So shalt thou find favor and good understanding in the sight of God and man.

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5 Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. 6 In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths. 7 Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the Lord, and depart from evil. 8 It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones.

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These Promises are true and certain; but don't miss the other side of it.

If we lean to our ownown understanding; if we think we are smartsmart and choose our own waysown ways;

We lose these blessings of God.

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9 Honor the Lord with thy substance, and with the firstfruits of all thine increase: 10 So shall thy barns be filled with plenty, and thy presses shall burst out with new wine.

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If God will do the gooddo the good, and He will,Then the opposite is just as truetrue.

If we sit downsit down on God's blessings, keeping them for ourselvesourselves,

Then our lives will be emptyempty,And we live in vainlive in vain.

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11 My son, despise not the chastening of the Lord; neither be weary of his correction: 12 For whom the Lord loveth He correcteth; even as a father the son in whom he delighteth.

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God trainstrains His children, as any parent should.

When He allowsallows the evil to come upon us,It is so that we may learnmay learn and receivereceive

The blessingsblessings of obedience.