Daily Archives: April 21, 2018

April 21: The Misnomer about God’s Will

Joshua 7:1–8:35; 2 Corinthians 10:1–8; Psalm 49:1–20

We often hear a great misnomer about following God’s will. It usually sounds something like this: “God has commanded me to do x, so I’m going to go into x blindly without fear.” A phrase like this has elements of great truth—faith should carry us. But it’s missing a piece.

Sometimes God instructs us to follow Him quickly and blindly. When that’s the case, we should certainly do it. However, His commands should almost always be combined with the abilities that He has given us, including logic and rationality. We have to find the balance. If we get too rational, it can be at the detriment of God’s will; we can reason ourselves out of taking the risks God wants us to take.

Joshua, the leader of the Israelites after Moses, is a great example of proper behavior within God’s will. He learned from Moses and led out of that strength and experience, but he was led by the Spirit (Deut 34:9–12). He also did the proper legwork, even though he knew that God had guaranteed success if he and the people were faithful.

We see a glimpse into this strategy in Josh 7:2–5, the battle of Ai. Joshua sent spies into enemy territory before invading it. He then paced the troops by sending only a small regiment at first (Josh 7:3). Despite his proper behavior, Joshua was unsuccessful because of the people’s disobedience (Josh 7:1).

After this, we see the pain that Joshua felt as a result of the people’s spiritual failures (Josh 7:6–9). Yahweh didn’t allow for this to continue, though, because He was aware of the root cause of the problem; God called Joshua to find it and change it, so he did (Josh 7:10–26).

Joshua shows us what it means to follow God’s will: receive a call, be trained, act out of wisdom and preparation, accept defeat when it comes, seek Yahweh’s will again to fix it, and then confront the problem head on. The result: success (Josh 8:1–29). Following their victory, Joshua rededicated himself and those he led to Yahweh (Josh 8:30–35).

If we understood how to function within God’s will, we would be much more successful for God. We would see great and miraculous things happen. And this understanding is not just reserved for the leader, but for all people.

What patterns of following God’s will do you need to change? How have you misunderstood what it means to live for Him?

John D. Barry[1]


[1] Barry, J. D., & Kruyswijk, R. (2012). Connect the Testaments: A One-Year Daily Devotional with Bible Reading Plan. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.

April 21 The Cushion of Peace

“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God” (Matt. 5:9).

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God’s peace cushions the soul during difficult times.

I remember reading about what is called “the cushion of the sea.” The ocean surface is often greatly agitated, but as you descend, the water becomes increasingly calm. At its greatest depths, the ocean is virtually still. Oceanographers dredging ocean bottoms have found animal and plant remains that appear to have been undisturbed for hundreds of years.

Similarly, Christians can experience a cushion of peace in their souls regardless of their troubled surroundings. That’s because they belong to God, who is the source of peace; they serve Christ, who is the Prince of Peace; and they are indwelt by the Holy Spirit, who is the agent of peace. Galatians 5:22 says, “The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace.” When you become a Christian, God grants you the gift of peace.

God is not only the source of perfect peace but also its purest example. Everything He does is marked by peace. First Corinthians 14:33 says He is not a God of confusion but of peace. In Judges 6:24 He is called Jehovah-shalom, which means, “the Lord is peace.” The Trinity is characterized by a total absence of conflict—perfect oneness, perfect righteousness, and absolute harmony. It is impossible for God to be at odds with Himself!

God wants everyone to know that kind of peace. He created the world with peace and sent His Son to offer peace. Someday Christ will return to establish His Kingdom and reign in peace for eternity.

In the meantime, turmoil exists for all who don’t know Christ. They have no cushion for their souls. You, however, have peace with God through the death of Christ Jesus, and as you obey Him, His peace will continually reign in your heart. Don’t ever let sin rob you of that blessed cushion. Only as you experience peace within yourself can you share it with others.

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Suggestions for Prayer:  Thank God for the cushion of peace He has provided amid difficult circumstances. ✧ Ask God to use you as an instrument of His peace today.

For Further Study: Read Isaiah 57:15–21, noting how God encourages the repentant and warns the wicked in relation to peace.[1]


[1] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (1993). Drawing Near—Daily Readings for a Deeper Faith (p. 124). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books.

Pope Completely Casts Scripture Aside, Lies to Young Boy About God

Maybe not the religious figure the world needs right now.

Pope Completely Casts Scripture Aside, Lies to Young Boy About God
— Read on www.westernjournal.com/ct/pope-completely-casts-scripture-aside-lies-to-young-boy-about-god/

Criticism of Christians and Chick-fil-A Has Troubling Roots – Bloomberg

The fast-food chain’s “infiltration” of New York City ignores the truth about religion in America. It also reveals an ugly narrow-mindedness.
— Read on www.bloomberg.com/view/articles/2018-04-21/criticism-of-christians-and-chick-fil-a-has-troubling-roots

APRIL 21 SPIRITUAL TESTING

Do therefore as the Lord your God hath commanded you: ye shall not turn aside to the right hand or to the left.

Deuteronomy 5:32

In the scriptural accounts, there are many examples of men and women being tested, and I think it is plain that the Holy Spirit rarely tells a believer that he is about to be tested.

Abraham was being tested when the Lord asked him to take his only son up into the mountain. He thought he was being ordered. He did not know he was being tested.

Peter was unconsciously tested. Paul was tested and tried. There does come a time when we have heard enough truth and the Holy Spirit says, “Today this disciple is going to be tested.”

The people of Israel in their time of testing came to Kadesh Barnea, and instead of crossing into the promised land, they said, “We will not go over!” God simply let them make their own test, and they flunked it!

Are there any among us who have an honest desire to be Christlike? We should all be aware that every day is a day of testing. Some come to their own Kadesh Barnea and turn back.

What a solemn thought: Many of the persons whom God is testing will flunk the test!

Lord, tutor me by Your Spirit and help me successfully “pass” Your times of testing. I can’t do it by myself.[1]


[1] Tozer, A. W. (2015). Mornings with tozer: daily devotional readings. Chicago, IL: Moody Publishers.

Weekend Snapshot — Top Stories This Week

Weekend Snapshot

Apr. 21, 2018
Top Stories This Week
Quote of the Week

“It seems as certain as these things can be that if Hillary Clinton had followed the law and regulations, there would be today no President Trump, no Attorney General Sessions, no EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, no Justice Neil Gorsuch. The blame ultimately belongs to Barack Obama, who knew of Clinton’s private email system and who could have ordered her to follow the law. But that’s one bit of collusion that didn’t occur.” —Michael Barone

Top Weekly Stories from ChristianNews.net for 04/21/2018

‘Pope Francis’ Tells Boy Atheist Father Went to Heaven, Counsels Him to ‘Pray’ to His Dad   Apr 17, 2018 05:38 pm

ROME — Jorge Bergoglio, also known as “Pope Francis,” claimed to a young boy on Sunday that his atheist father is in Heaven because he was a “good man” and God will not “abandon His children when they are good.” He also counseled the child to pray to his deceased dad. Bergoglio was participating in a question and answer session at St. Paul of the Cross in Rome…

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Michigan Pastors Deliver 23,000 Petitions to Lawmakers Who Want Metro City Church Investigated for Offering Help to Homosexual Youth   Apr 14, 2018 10:26 pm

LANSING, Mich. — Michigan pastors delivered 23,000 petitions this week to two state lawmakers who have urged Attorney General Bill Schuette to investigate Metro City Church for offering biblical teaching to teenage girls who struggle with homosexuality or gender dysphoria. “It is alarming that legislators, who have sworn an oath to uphold the Constitution, have…

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Snoop Dogg Gathers ‘Gospel Greats’ for ‘Bible of Love’ Album as Others Decry Worship of ‘Another Jesus’   Apr 19, 2018 07:49 pm

Photo Credit: “Words Are Few” music video screenshot Profane rapper Calvin Broadus, Jr., known as “Snoop Dogg,” has released an album entitled “Bible of Love,” which features a number of well-known performers of the gospel music industry. While the project has been praised by many, others are speaking out, declaring that Broadus needs to be shown true love by…

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Man Accused of Incest Kills Daughter, Baby, Self in Murder-Suicide   Apr 15, 2018 07:10 pm

KNIGHTDALE, N.C. — A North Carolina man who was accused of committing incest with his adult daughter killed the young woman, their baby and himself on Thursday. Steven Pladl, 42, was to have appeared in court on April 23 to face the felony charge. He and 20-year-old Katie Fusco had been arrested in January after officials learned that the two had a baby together…

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Mennonite Minister Imprisoned for Two Years for Helping Mother Avoid Placing Daughter With Lesbian Now Free   Apr 16, 2018 03:37 pm

STUARTS DRAFT, Va. — A Mennonite minister who spent two years in prison for allegedly helping a woman flee the country with her daughter in defiance of a court order requiring that the child be allowed to have visitation with her mother’s previous lesbian partner is now free. Ken Miller, who reported to prison in March 2016 to serve a 27-month sentence,…

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U.S. Supreme Court Declines Appeal of Ruling Against Pastor Who Preaches Outside Planned Parenthood   Apr 17, 2018 02:43 pm

Photo Credit: Donna Hebert/Facebook WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to hear an appeal of a ruling that overturned a lower court decision granting a preliminary injunction to a Maine minister who asserted that he was being unlawfully targeted by police outside of a Planned Parenthood facility for his pro-life preaching. The high court…

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‘Rapidly Worsening Epidemic’: Flesh-Eating Disease Strikes Australia, Scientists Don’t Have Answers   Apr 20, 2018 07:48 am

Photo: Public Domain Images/Dawn Hudson (Washington Post) — The spread of a flesh-eating ulcer in parts of Australia is being described as a “rapidly worsening epidemic” and, to make matters worse, researchers say they don’t know exactly where it comes from or how it is transmitted. Known as Buruli ulcer, the infectious disease initially appears as a…

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Prominent Homosexual Rights Attorney Sets Himself on Fire in Environmental Protest Suicide   Apr 17, 2018 07:42 pm

Photo Credit: YouTube Screenshot/Garden State Equality (CNN) — A prominent gay rights attorney who led lawsuits legalizing same-sex marriage set himself on fire in Brooklyn on Saturday morning in a fatal plea for action on issues related to the environment. The body of David S. Buckel, 60, was found near Prospect Park’s baseball fields about 6:30 a.m. on…

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Army Chaplain Facing Possible Discipline for Declining to Conduct Marriage Retreat After Lesbian Signs Up   Apr 18, 2018 06:14 pm

FORT BRAGG, N.C. — A Southern Baptist Army chaplain is pushing back after a military investigator concluded that he discriminated against a lesbian woman by declining to conduct a marriage retreat after learning that she had signed up to attend the event with her partner. According to the First Liberty Institute, the unnamed Army equal opportunity investigator…

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Prayers Not Allowed Over PA System at Tennessee School Following Atheist Complaint   Apr 14, 2018 06:08 pm

WAYNESBORO, Tenn. — Prayers will not be allowed to be presented over the public address system at a school in Tennessee after one of the nation’s most conspicuous professing atheist groups lodged a complaint about a student’s recent prayer during the morning announcements. The Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) sent a letter on March 26 to…

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Baalism’s Suicidal Nature Worship and Sexual Decadence (Earth Day) — The Ignorant Fishermen Blog

Much of ancient Israel’s plight, well documented throughout the Old Testament, was its insatiable thirst for pagan nature worship. This of course was in direct violation of the first two commandments of the Mosaic Law which commanded Israel not to worship any other false god or idol (Exodus 20:3-4). The reason why Israel was forbidden…

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The Demonic Movement Behind Earth Day — The Ignorant Fishermen Blog

As “Earth Day” is upon us, let us look at the demonic and leftist philosophy which is driving this “Baalistic” ideology.What seems to have a strangle hold on America and the world at present is the godless totalitarian socialistic environmental movement of today. This movement has halted progress and has laid shackles on the capitalistic freedoms at present…

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