THOUGHTS

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All articles are written using the NKJV, unless otherwise noted! All articles are written by David Hicks, unless specified otherwise.

AS FOR ME?

“But as for me and for my house, we will serve the Lord.” Joshua 24:15
Joshua, who had taken the reins of Israel after the death of Moses, assembled the people at Shechem and related to them the benefits of being a God fearing people. Yet, even as Joshua knew the hearts of the masses, he issued his challenge to them – “Choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve”.  Of course, he also included his personal statement of dedication to the One True God!
True service to God is of course a personal and intimate choice that each individual must willingly make. As set forth in the narrative of Joshua, he felt as if he knew that all Israel would choose to serve the gods from beyond the river Nile, or the gods of the Amorites, which caused him to feel that he was alone in his service to God.
This is something that God’s word states as a condition commonly associated with true service to God!
 
Try to imagine the mindset of Noah, as he preached righteousness for 120 years to a generation of unimaginable evil; only to find at the end of his work, eight souls would be saved! Genesis 6:1-8; Hebrews 11:7; 1 Peter 3:20; 2 Peter 2:5.
 
Consider Elijah as he assembled the great congregation of the ten northern tribes to witness the ensuing battle between him and the eight hundred and fifty prophets of the Baal and Asherah; his haunting words, “I alone am left a prophet of the Lord” (1 Kings 18:22). 
 
Think of Daniel, who knowing the decree forbidding prayer to God for thirty days, went up to his roof top and prayed to God three times, as was his custom; and knew it would bring a death sentence (Daniel 6). Daniel’s trust in God alone, carrying him through the lion’s den; and being alone and righteous in captivity in the pagan kings court (Hebrews 11:33).  
 
Feel the strength of Paul and Silas, being arrested and without trial, beaten and imprisoned; yet, sang praises and prayed to God chained to a prison floor. At the mighty hand of God, being released, they stayed; avoiding the chance to seek safety for themselves, they instead found the courage to teach the great name of Jesus Christ to the jailor and his house (Acts 16:20-34).
 
All of this to say, that you may feel you are the only one in the perverse generation who has dedicated their life to serving the one true God through Jesus Christ the King. As such, you may be wavering or unsure if you can continue!
 
Draw strength from these who have gone on before you in faith and remember the words of the Hebrew writer to Christians who were being mistreated for their choice to serve:
Hebrews 12:4 “You have not yet resisted to bloodshed, striving against sin.”  
 
The tools to overcome in a perverse generation were given by the Apostle Paul to the Christians in Philippi, note:
Philippians 2:12-16 “Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; 13 for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure.
14 Do all things without complaining and disputing, 15 that you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, 16 holding fast the word of life, so that I may rejoice in the day of Christ that I have not run in vain or labored in vain.”
 
Remember, the choice to serve the One True Living God, through Jesus Christ the King is an intensely personal choice! It is a choice that brings with it an awe-inspiring set of responsibilities that cannot be dismissed to a committee, or organized group – Ephesians 4:16.
 
Since each of us will answer only for ourselves in the great day – 2 Corinthians 5:10; “Choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve!!!”  
 
Do not be environmentally controlled; remember, “But as for me and for my house, we will serve the Lord.” Joshua 24:15