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“Strong and Courageous”

“Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the instructions Moses gave you…

Then you will be successful in everything you do. 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.”

Joshua 1:7-8

Yesterday God encouraged us with His promise, “I will be with you!” However, wouldn’t it be strange to have someone at our side every moment and yet never listen to them?

God told Joshua to be strong and courageous and then gave him the secret…God’s Word. If Joshua obeyed the Word, THEN he would be successful. However, to trust God enough to obey, Joshua needed to intentionally read the Word and ponder its truth. ONLY THEN would he prosper.

As a child, I was taught to read the Bible every day, so I dutifully obeyed. But at age twenty, when I was dumped by the guy I planned to marry, I fell apart. That’s when this shocking realization changed my life…I knew the stories of the Bible, but I did not know the Author! So, I started reading the Word with purpose…to discover what God was like. Soon I began to see God’s character and hear His heart on every page…then I KNEW I could trust Him. In fact, that trust continues to grow with new discoveries daily from those same pages! Devouring the Word has given me strength and courage to believe MY God for anything.

The secret to being strong and courageous is trusting the One who is with us…

But to trust Him, we must listen to His Words!


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