Courage required–no wimps!

Scripture Reading for March 1:  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!  His reputation for war is known far and wide!  He never loses or backs down, but often uses only those willing to follow His leadership.  As we begin our walk through Joshua,  we listen in as God finishes His preparation of Joshua to lead His people to possess the promised land.

“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 our inheritance requires strength and courage, especially in leadership!   It requires strength because there is walking involved and mountains and valleys to traverse.  We must have strength of mind to keep our thoughts focused on God’s promises.  We must possess strength of character and soul to keep from falling to the temptations of the enemy and the flesh that would trip us up.  God promises to lead us and go with us (Matthew 28:20).

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.  The confidence is not to be in our own strength, mind or ability, but comes from a relationship with God.  When we know God, we come to trust and rely on His leadership and strength to get us through each obstacle.  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.  Faith is produced by this process and it pleases God! (Romans 10:17) (Hebrews 11:6)

Today, receive this reading from Joshua as a call to walk in renewed strength and courage.  Jesus Christ has blazed a trail of perfect obedience to God and He is with us.  “Be strong and very courageous!”

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