08 Oct Doug – 09/27/18
SOAP – Be strong and courageous
Joshua 1:6-9 New Living Translation (NLT)
6 “Be strong and courageous, for you are the one who will lead these people to possess all the land I swore to their ancestors I would give them. 7 Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the instructions Moses gave you. Do not deviate from them, turning either to the right or to the left. Then you will be successful in everything you do. 8 Study this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do. 9 This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
Three times God says “Be strong and courageous”. That’s a big deal, the fact that He says it three times. And He gives three reasons, three methods, three ways to put into practice the command to “be strong and courageous”:
V6 – “you are the one” God is saying, “Look, you’re the one I’ve chosen to do this, nobody else. It’s you. So have confidence in that.”
V7-8 – “be careful to obey…” God is saying, “Do what the Bible says to do, don’t deviate from it. Don’t turn to the left or the right, stay the course. And don’t just read the Bible, meditate on it. Let it get in you, so that my word is alive in you, showing you where to go and how to do it. It’s the only way you’re going to be successful.”
V9 – “the Lord your God is with you wherever you go” God promises to be with you… wherever you go. So, when it looks like we’re surrounded, we’re surrounded by Him!
Be strong and courageous. Let’s walk boldly into what God has for us.