Bible Ballistics: BBs #129 Be Strong and Courageous???
Continuing to think about our strength “in the Lord”, I was reminded of Joshua. In the Deuteronomy 31 and Joshua 1, God calls Joshua at least 7 times to “be strong and of a good courage”.
Joshua was being called to step into the shoes of “Moses”!!! Moses, the mighty prophet of God, who had led the children of Israel out of Egypt, through the Red Sea, to the promised land (which they refused to enter at first), and through 40 years in the ‘wilderness’. Now they are come to the Promised Land (again), Moses is being taken from them, and Joshua is called to step up to become their leader. I can’t imagine the anxious thoughts that overwhelmed him, as he rehearsed in his own mind what he had experienced as Moses’ ‘right-hand’ man. The miracles, the conflict, the rebellion of the people, the challenges to Moses’ authority—and now he has been called to take the mantle of leadership. Yet God’s word to him is: “be strong and of a good courage”!!!
Like Joshua, you may be facing great and difficult expectations. What are you going to do? Are you ready to ‘throw in the towel’? Are you thinking about abdicating to someone else? Or are you looking for ‘plan B’? Sometimes the fear of expectations, fear of the future, fear of the past, fear of our own weaknesses and failures bring with it a paralyzing inability to go forward, but that’s exactly what God called Joshua to do. It is also what God calls us to do!!!
So??? Here’s our shot for today. God wants YOU to “be strong and of a good courage”!!! He has you, just as He had Joshua.
Joshua 1:9, “Have not I commanded thee?
and of a good courage;
be not afraid,
neither be thou dismayed:
for the Lord thy God is with thee
whithersoever thou goest.”
God assured Joshua that he could be strong “in the Lord”, because the “LORD” would be “with him” everywhere he went!
God has given us that same assurance: we can have victory in His strength. Here are two passages to take with you today to remind yourself that:
You can do whatever God is calling you to DO!!!
You can go wherever God is calling you to GO!!!
You can be all that God is calling you to BE!!!
So? “Be strong and of a good courage”!!!
Hebrews 13:5-6, “Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. 6 So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.”
2 Corinthians 10:3-6, “For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: 4 (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds; ) 5 Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;”
YOU can do it!!! God has it and you!!!