While reading in the Old Testament this week, I felt God highlighted a particular scripture to me. I want to share it with you today.
It is found in Joshua 1:9.
Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever you go.
Just before entering into the Promise Land, God gave instruction, but not only instruction – a command.
In this command, He told them to do two things.
- Be Strong
- Be Courageous
The word strong in this scripture means; to fasten upon, to conquer, to cleave, to be constant and to withstand.
The word, courageous means; to be alert, physically (on foot) or mentally (in courage) and to be steadfast in mind.
He then told them to NOT do two things.
- Do not be Afraid
- Do not be Dismayed
Afraid means; dread; be affrighted (afraid, dread, feared, terrified), and shake terribly.
Dismayed means; to break down by confusion and fear, be afraid, to be beat down, discouraged, or terrified.
God gave this command to those who were about to enter into the Promised Land. I believe this command still applies today.
If we are to lay hold of the promises of God – we too, must heed this command. To give a command is to give us our orders. God has given us our marching orders.
I still believe there is a place of Promise in God. For you and for me. To enter into that place we must be strong and courageous. We must cleave to the word of God and remain steadfast at all times. We must stay alert, both physically and mentally and keep our mind stayed upon God.
We must also refuse to be afraid, terrified, shaken, beaten down or discouraged. Our hope is in God and must remain in Him alone.
God would not give this command if it were impossible to keep. He knows we can accomplish these things for one reason – For the Lord, our God, is with us wherever we go. He will not leave us nor forsake us. We simply need to follow Him – and He will fight for us.
Friends, there remains a promised land in God, one that belongs to us. We can enter into it – regardless of what is going on in our world. He has given the command – if we follow it – we will enter in. We will overcome every obstacle and dwell in the manifested promises of God.
The question is, will we obey His commands? Will we be strong and courageous? Will we refuse fear and intimidation from the enemy?
We can do all things through Christ who gives us strength. Let’s do it. Let’s receive our orders from God with gladness and enter into all He has for us – it’s time – let’s press in.
Appoint My Days
God gives me wisdom liberally. My mouth speaks wisdom. I possess God’s wisdom, which is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy.
James 3:17, Psalm 37:30, 49:3, James 1:5
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