The truth from the day was Joshua 1:9: “Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed; for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.” Look in your Joshua devotional for the first day and follow along as we process that truth and when we got to the final stage where we did what God commanded then the fire in Evelyn’s dream went out.
RECALL (knowledge). We identified some key words which gave us a Biblical basis for our action at the Realize (DO) stage. We need to override our assumptions, feelings and opinions. These are the key words which we wrote down in the RECALL section: ‘commanded”, “strong”, “very courageous”, “not afraid”, “the Lord God”, “with thee”, “whithersoever thou goest”.
RESTATE (understanding) The Recall stage is like putting food in the mouth, understanding involves chewing. It involves determining the meaning. It takes sentimental and emotional words and gives them substance. It provides confidence for the actions. Taking each key word from the Recall stage we filled each word with meaning. Just a short study of the words and we were able to put the verse in our own words or commentary. “ I am commanded to be strong and unafraid therefore to fail to do so is disobedience and failure to be aware of the presence of God and His power in us.
I summarized that in a simple principle, ”No Fear –God is Here.”
RELATE (wisdom) (This stage moves us beyond mastering the Bible to having the Bible master us.) When we identify specific applications we gain awareness of the relationship of truth to life I wrote down in my devotional these three ways I planned to live differently because of Joshua 1;9. ‘ Today I will not be afraid and will be strong when I witness at the restaurant. I will not be dismayed when the dreams give us problems, I will focus on your presence and the comfort, protection etc that you provide with your presence.
REALIZE. (walk) The purpose of truth is to realize or do what he has commanded. In this section I keep record of the truth I have lived and how. This is my diary of obedience.
So far I have been able to identify three times that we have not been afraid (when bad dreams occur, going to sleep not knowing what we will do, and many questions about the future. Each time we were free from dismay and fear to the degree that we focused on God’s presence and power.
I have found this devotional so helpful all day long that I may just park here for a few days. On Sunday I may chose to focus on one of the sermons and process it into my life.
The important emphasis of the Biblical Living Series is to go through all four stages as often as you can. Each stage is important but it is the last stage that produces success, fruit and great joy to God (III John 4).