Be Strong and of Good Courage!

22 Jul
Although Moses died due to disobedience, God's plan lived on 
through Joshua. The Lord told Joshua to "arise, go over this
Jordan, you and all this people, to the land which I Am giving
to them, the children of Israel" (Joshua 1:2 b NKJ). At this point, perhaps Joshua was mourning the death of Moses
and was feeling down. The Lord could have just said "go" and
lead these people. But the word of God commanded Joshua
to "arise"', - go. The word,"arise" implies that Joshua was not in a standing position, whether, physically or
spiritually is uncertain. God's plan included Joshua, but it was not about him.
The plan also included the children of Israel, but essentially,
it was not about them. The plan was about God and His
promise to deliver and lead the people to a land flowing with
milk and honey. The word of God tells us that The Lord has magnified His word
above His name. There is no name higher than His name. Yet
what God says is above His name (Psalm 138:2b NKJ). What
promise, what "word" has God given to you? Has He
given you a dream or a vision? Although that plan, that dream, that vision, includes you,
it's essentially not about you. It's about God's faithfulness,
but you have a role to play in the completion of the dream just as Joshua did. Arise! Believe God. Be about God's business in prayer
and preparation. Be strong. Although God has given you
a dream, a vision, a promise, you will face opposition.
Prayerfully seek God's strategy, for you are more than a
conqueror through Him who loves you (Romans 8:37).
Be strong and of good courage. Do not quit. Do not faint.
Do not be weary in well doing. (Galatians 6:9 NKJ).
You shall reap the harvest and many shall see and
believe and put their trust in the Lord because
of it (Psalm 40:3b). God will do His part, but you must also do yours. For you
are a co-laborer with Christ (I Corinthians 3:9). Though it
tarry, the thing shall come to pass (Habakkuk 2:3).You
have, I have every right to be strong and of good courage.
"This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth, but
you shall meditate in it day and night, that
you may observe to do according to all that is written in it.
For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you
will have good success. Have I not commanded you? Be
strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be
dismayed, for The Lord your God is with you wherever
you go (Joshua 1:8-9 NKJ).
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