Connecting with courage!

Scripture Reading for March 3rd:  Joshua 1-5

Walking with God is not for wimps!  God leads His people in paths of righteousness and truth.  He is a mighty warrior and a conqueror!  His reputation for war is known far and wide!  He often employs some very unconventional battle strategy (Joshua 6:2-5) and uses only those willing to follow His leadership.

“Be strong and courageous, because you will lead these people to inherit the land I swore to their forefathers to give them.  Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go.  Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it.  Then you will be prosperous and successful.  Have I not commanded you?  Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:6-9)

Possessing your inheritance requires strength!   The ground you cover will have both mountains and valleys.  You must have strength of mind to keep your thoughts focused on God’s promises.  You must possess strength of character and soul to keep from falling for the temptations of the enemy and the flesh that would trip you up.

Courage is the ability to face tough situations with confidence.  Courage is not the absence of fear but the ability to face fear with truth and keep moving toward the goal.  Confidence must not to be in your own strength, mind or ability, but comes from a relationship with God.  Joshua was told not to let God’s Law and Word depart from his mouth or mind.  He was guaranteed prosperity and success as he meditated on the Word and was careful to obey. (Romans 10:17) (Hebrews 11:6)

Let Joshua’s call to strength and courage become personal.  Jesus Christ is our “Joshua” and has blazed a trail of perfect obedience to God’s Word.  His leadership in our lives today will give us the strength and courage to conquer the obstacles in our path!  “Be strong and very courageous!”

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