Tag: God is with you!

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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“Mighty Warrior!”

Scripture reading for March 11: Judges 6-8

Poor self-image and discouraging self-talk are common symptoms of a life out of touch with the Lord.  It is so easy to focus on our lack and the way we are made.  We always seem to magnify our weaknesses, see only the flaws, and are quick to blame them on someone else.  Sometimes, we simply rehearse them over and over to ourselves and stew in the negativity.  Gideon was just such a man during the days of the Judges.  The God we serve loves to use the weak and flawed and make them into mighty warriors, even in spite of themselves!

For seven years the Israelites had been under attack by the Midianites.  They cried out to God for help and He sent them a prophet.  The prophet told them about God’s mighty power in delivering them from Egypt and His warning not to worship the gods of the Amorites.  This was their problem.  They had not listened to the Lord!

God then sent his Angel to Gideon.  We find Gideon hiding in a wine press, threshing grain.  The Angel’s first words to Gideon: “The Lord is with you, mighty warrior!”  (Judges 6:12)  Gideon’s first response is not one of faith.  He was not sure why the Midianites were attacking them.  He believed that the Lord had abandoned them.  This messenger then sent Gideon on a mission to deliver Israel–in the strength he had.  (Judges 6:14)  Gideon again protests that his clan is the weakest in Manasseh and that he is the weakest of all!  What a self-image problem!  Or could it be that he is seeing accurately through his natural eyes?

The angel had told him to use the strength he had–little or great!  God would be with him and that would make all the difference in the world.  God sees each person as special and has a job that they can do.  He specializes in taking weak people and infusing them with His strength.  When they choose to believe His Word, nothing shall be impossible to them!  (1st Corinthians 1:25-29)

As Gideon prepared to deliver Israel, he gathered an army together.  God reduced it from 32,000 to 300!  He took away their weapons and gave them torches and pitchers!  He told them to break the pitchers and wave the torches and shout!  Gideon’s faith was strengthened by supernatural signs that he asked for.  God met him where he was.  God sent him into the enemy camp to hear a prophetic dream about his victory.  He obeyed and in the strength he had, delivered Israel from the Midianites!  (Judges 7:13-20)

If you are struggling today with a poor self-image or have been engaging in negative self-talk, let this greeting from the Word of God touch your heart today!  With God on your side, there are more for you than against you!  Greater is He that is in you than he that is in the world!  “The Lord is with you, mighty warrior!”

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