Which tribes wanted to settle in Gilead?
What did the tribes have to do before they could settle in Gilead?
How many of the inhabitants of Canaan were to be driven out of the land?
LESSON: God wanted everything destroyed because He did not want anything to influence the Children of Israel. Even today, God wants us to not be influenced by things of the world.
PRAYER: Lord, help me to keep my eyes on You and not on the things of the world. Amen!
Setting the Standard
The Christian life is not a collection of do's and don'ts, but a daily walk in which the Holy Spirit that lives within us guides us. With His help, we can set good standards for our behavior. He will help us establish our self-control and give us direction through the principles of God's Word. A famous preacher once said "Anything that dims my vision of Jesus or takes away my taste for Bible study or cramps my prayer life is wrong for me, and I must turn away from it." The apostle Paul, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, summed it up this way, "...whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy; thing on these things." When we allow the Holy Spirit to lead us and with only good thoughts filling our minds, we can develop guidelines for living that will honor the Lord. Then no matter what the "world" throws at us, or says is okay, we will have a standard by which we live,