Tag: Joshua 1-5

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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Strength and courage needed–apply here!

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!”

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Rolling Away Egypt’s Reproach

Scripture reading for March 3rd: Joshua 1-5

God used an unusual mark for His people.  All males were to be circumcised as a sign of the covenant that they had made with God.  Moses, himself, had neglected to circumcise his son and God had tried to kill him for this oversight.   ( Exodus 4:24-26)  This happened after God had appeared to Moses and commissioned him to lead His people out of Egypt.  The leader must be obedient to set a proper example. God takes relationships and covenant very seriously!

The Israelites had wandered for forty years in the dessert and had neglected to place this important covenant mark on those who had been born in the desert.  As Joshua led them into the promised land, their first stop was at Gibeath Haaraloth.  There the Lord spoke to Joshua about circumcision. (Joshua 5:2-4)  He was to make flint knives and circumcise all the males who had not been marked in the desert.  They were to stay there until they healed.  Joshua obeyed and did this rather painful marking process.  They were ready to come into their inheritance, but this painful process must come first.

“Then the Lord said to Joshua, “Today I have rolled away the reproach of Egypt from you.” So the place has been called Gilgal to this day.” (Joshua 5:9)  God viewed this action as an act of separation from the corruption of Egypt.  His people were set apart from the most powerful worldly nation by a mark that made them different and promoted cleanliness and safe sexual relations.  This mark reminded them of the covenant they had with their God to be faithful to Him.

In the New Covenant that we have in Christ, circumcision is now of our hearts.  The true life giving organ is not sexual, but the seat of control in our inner man.  It is with our hearts that we believe and have faith.  When we are born again, God gives us a new “circumcised” heart.  The apostle Paul had a battle with the Jews who were promoting circumcision and the Law.  He let them know that, “Neither circumcision nor uncircumcision means anything; what counts is a new creation.” (Galatians 6:15)

We have the world’s reproach rolled away from our hearts in Christ alone.  We are set apart in the New Creation as belonging to God.  We are marked by the precious Holy Spirit. (Ephesians 1:13-14)  Thank the Lord!

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Strength and courage needed–apply here!

Scripture Reading for March3:  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 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.  Today we begin our walk through the book of Joshua.  God’s people finally get to go in and possess the land promised to them for so many years.  We listen in as God finishes his preparation of Joshua, their new leader.

“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, especially if you are in leadership!   It requires strength because there is walking involved and the ground you cover includes mountains and valleys.  There are obstacles and tough climbs.  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 will lead you and go with you, (Matthew 28:20) but you must have the strength of body, mind, and soul to keep up the pace and walk with Him.

Courage is another attribute of a leader blessed by God.  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 your 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 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!”

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