Do you have the courage for a new beginning?
Joshua 5-6 /Proverbs 1 /1Corinthians 4-6
Joshua 5:5-12 Those who left Egypt had all been circumcised, but none of those born after the Exodus, during the years in the wilderness, had been circumcised. The Israelites wandered in the wilderness for forty years until all the men who were old enough to bear arms when they left Egypt had died. For they had disobeyed the LORD, and the LORD vowed he would not let them enter the land he had sworn to give us–a land flowing with milk and honey. So Joshua circumcised their sons who had not been circumcised on the way to the Promised Land–those who had grown up to take their fathers’ places. After all the males had been circumcised, they rested in the camp until they were healed. Then the LORD said to Joshua, “Today I have rolled away the shame of your slavery in Egypt.” So that place has been called Gilgal to this day. While the Israelites were camped at Gilgal on the plains of Jericho, they celebrated Passover on the evening of the fourteenth day of the first month–the month that marked their exodus from Egypt. The very next day they began to eat unleavened bread and roasted grain harvested from the land. No manna appeared that day, and it was never seen again. So from that time on the Israelites ate from the crops of Canaan.
Proverbs 1:20-23 Wisdom shouts in the streets. She cries out in the public square. She calls out to the crowds along the main street, and to those in front of city hall. “You simpletons!” she cries. “How long will you go on being simpleminded? How long will you mockers relish your mocking? How long will you fools fight the facts? Come here and listen to me! I’ll pour out the spirit of wisdom upon you and make you wise.”
6:18-20 Run away from sexual sin! No other sin so clearly affects the body as this one does. For sexual immorality is a sin against your own body. Or don’t you know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself, for God bought you with a high price. So you must honor God with your body.
OT Flash Points
Point of interest: Wisdom is a female
What a miracle of grace!
Considering that it was the woman that fell for the deception of Satan
God makes His instructions clear
The “man of God” is the one who is willing to do what is called for to provide a new beginning and an end to the old provision
NT Flash Points
Prophetic or Aaronic Mantle: temporary covering under which the Holy Spirit worked before the death and resurrection of Jesus and the sending of the Holy Spirit to dwell in the redeemed
Now, we are the “mantle,” the Temple, the hearth for the fire of the Holy Spirit
He dwells in and speaks through His Body
It is up to us to make as many things as possible inevitably His
Christians don’t “have” spiritual things
They are one with the LORD and are stewards of His stuff
Rethink: “my ministry”
The Church doesn’t need reformation
The Church needs transformation by being Born Again!
Once given insight (sight) into Jesus, don’t let anything obscure the view