Be Strong and Very Courageous

I came into this year waiting and praying but now I have seen the promise. How exactly do you take hold of a promise though? How do you prepare for it? As I was reading this morning I stumbled upon Joshua, the leader of Israel after the death of Moses. The Israelite’s had been wandering in the desert for forty years but finally the Lord had given them the opportunity to finally enter the promised land. And I believe what God says to Joshua in the book of Joshua chapter 1 is exactly how we are supposed to take hold of and prepare to take our promised land.

“After the death of Moses the Lord’s servant, the Lord spoke to Joshua son of Nun, who had served Moses: “Moses My servant is dead. Now you and all the people prepare to cross over the Jordan to the land I am giving the Israelite’s.  I have given you every place where the sole of your foot treads, just as I promised Moses.  Your territory will be from the wilderness and Lebanon to the great Euphrates River—all the land of the Hittites—and west to the Mediterranean Sea. No one will be able to stand against you as long as you live. I will be with you, just as I was with Moses. I will not leave you or forsake you.
Be strong and courageous, for you will distribute the land I swore to their fathers to give them as an inheritance. Above all, be strong and very courageous to carefully observe the whole instruction My servant Moses commanded you. Do not turn from it to the right or the left, so that you will have success wherever you go. This book of instruction must not depart from your mouth; you are to recite it day and night so that you may carefully observe everything written in it. For then you will prosper and succeed in whatever you do. Haven’t I commanded you: be strong and courageous? Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:1-9)

The first thing that God says to Joshua is to prepare. He didn’t just say prepare yourself, but for all the people to be prepared to cross over the Jordan. Anyone involved in this promise needs to be prepared for what God is going to do.

The second thing to know is that nothing will stand in the way of God’s promise. If God has promised you something, there is no power that will be able to stop God’s plan and promise in your life.

The third thing to know is that God will be with you throughout the whole process, that He will never leave  you or forsake you. Even as the promise seems to be falling apart in your mind, its not falling apart in God’s mind.

The fourth thing is to be strong and courageous. God’s plans are overwhelming at times, because we don’t see how it will all pan out, but that’s the great thing about it. Its God’s promise and idea, not ours. We couldn’t have possibly have come up with what God wanted to do with our life on our own, because our way of thinking is not His way of thinking. Stand up and be courageous, ready and eager to take your promise whenever God opens that door.

The fifth thing is having His word as our guide. We need to be spending time with God every day, memorizing his scripture and carefully observing His instruction for our lives. The Bible is our guide to truly taking hold of that promise and knowing exactly what the Lord wants to do in our lives. It brings us encouragement and clarity, taking our own thoughts and desires out of the equation. We must not turn from this path to the left or to the right, and we must have His word written on the very core of our hearts.

The sixth and final thing God again harps on with Joshua: Be strong and courageous! 

Take hold of God’s promise today in your life. He is ready to show you your promised land.

Be mighty and courageous warriors today.

Blessings,

Joseph.

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