Scripture reading for July 27th: 1st Corinthians 16
Key scriptures for over-comers: 1st Corinthians 16:13-16 “Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be men of courage; be strong. Do everything in love. You know that the household of Stephanas were the first converts in Achaia, and they devoted themselves to the service of the saints. I urge you, brothers, to submit to such as these and to everyone who joins in the work, and labors at it.”
Because of the pressures of life in a hostile world, the pull of the flesh, and the wiles of Satan, believers must maintain a watchful and yet positive mode of faith in living for Jesus and fulfilling His mission. Courage is the strength to live positively and aggressively for Christ in spite of opposition. Paul encouraged the church to live in this manner and do all in love! He then uses a specific household, that of Stephanas, as examples of those devoted to serving the saints and doing the work of the church.
Observations for over-comers: Watchfulness with strength, courage, and love is the simple instruction for victorious living in the last days. We work at blessing the Lord’s people and workers and watch for His return! “David also said to Solomon his son, “Be strong and courageous and do the work. Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord God, my God, is with you. He will not fail you or forsake you until all the work for the service of the temple of the Lord is finished.” (1st Chronicles 28:20)
Scripture Reading for March 2nd: Joshua 1-5
Walking with God is not for wimps! He is a mighty warrior and a conqueror! His reputation for war is known far and wide! He never loses or backs down, but 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 and courage! It requires strength to walk through the 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. God promises to lead you and go with you. (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. 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 personal call from the Lord to walk in renewed strength and courage. 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 both the strength and courage to face the obstacles in our path! “Be strong and very courageous!”