Do Not Be Afraid

What keeps you up at night?

What are you afraid of?

Some of us have a long list of things we are afraid of.  Some of us often find our minds filled with fear.  This world can be a scary place if that’s what we focus on.

God told Joshua to be strong and courageous. ‘Do not be afraid’.  Moses said this to Joshua twice and God said it again in the first several verses of Deuteronomy 31.March 8 2016 a do not be afraid

Why repeat these same words so many times right in a row?

It’s pretty obvious that Joshua had a lot to be afraid of.

He was taking over leadership of the Israelite nation from Moses.  Moses!  This is the man who personally talked with God many times.   That’s a hard act to follow!

Joshua was being commanded to lead the Israelites into taking over land which was full of fortified cities and over-sized warriors.  Scary.

And we all know how fickle the Israelites were – they were bound to create all kinds of issues a long the way.  Have you heard the phrase, “herding cats?”

A large amount of courage was needed.

So this command – this message – acknowledged the challenges ahead for Joshua.  It also encouraged him because God promised he would be with Joshua.  God would go before him.  God would do this, Joshua just needed to be strong and courageous as he obeyed.

God gives us this same promise to us today.

What are you afraid of?

God tells us he will fight our battles.  He will never leave us.

We just need to be strong and courageous while we obey.

Thank you for taking away our fear,  Abba Father.

 

 

Faithful Leaders

March 10 b 2015 Faithful leadersAs Joshua was giving directions to the fighting men of Israel, they committed to do whatever he commanded them to do and then they finish their statement with some very important words – Be strong and courageous.

Didn’t we just hear God say that same phrase to Joshua several times?

God has just told Joshua that his strength and courage would need to come from God himself.  Joshua would not be able to do what he was going to need to do on his own.

Now the Israelites were telling Joshua that they needed him to be strong and courageous.  He was their leader.  They needed him to be relying on God so that they could all be successful.

We need the same thing from our spiritual leaders today.  We count on them to be in-line with God so they are hearing his voice and doing his will.  Some of us are in positions of spiritual leadership and this reminds us of our huge responsibility to keep in step with the Holy Spirit.  It is never about what we want – it’s all about what God wants.  When our faith is strong, we are hearing and we are following.

If we’re not in this good place with our faith, we should not be in a position of spiritual leadership.  If we’re not listening, we become an obstacle to God’s will being done here on earth.

When we’re relying on God, he makes us strong and courageous – qualities that are required for spiritual leadership.

Those that are following us are counting on it.

Thank you for strength and courage, dear Father.

It’s a Stretch

Strong and Courageous.

God tells Joshua over and over in Joshua 1 that he needs to be strong and courageous.

God had a big job for Joshua to accomplish and he didn’t want Joshua to wimp out, make excuses, take the easy way out or lose focus.  Be strong.  Be courageous.

Do you know what purpose God has for you?  If you’re breathing, there is one……otherwise you wouldn’t be breathing anymore.

If any of us doesn’t know our purpose, we need to figure that out.  God will tell us – he doesn’t keep it a secret if we really listen.

And when God shows us our purpose, we need to be strong.  We need to be courageous.  We need to focus on the goal and move toward it.  No excuses.  No easy answers.

As I’ve walked with God through many years, I’ve seen him change my purpose several times.  It’s always a stretch.  It’s always something different. It’s always a little out of my comfort zone.  A little exciting.  A little nerve-racking.

But it always ends up teaching me new things and helping me to experience God in my life in awesome ways.

I’ve hit what looked like the Promised Land several times……and yet the journey continues.

What’s next, God?