If I’m facing an impossible situation and I can’t blame the outcome on God, how can I ensure the outcome?

After the death of Moses, God gives Joshua some instruction (Joshua 1:2closeJoshua 1:2 “Moses my servant is dead. Now therefore arise, go over this Jordan, you and all this people, into the land that I am giving to them, to the people of Israel.” (ESV) closeJoshua 1:2closeJoshua 1:2 “Moses my servant is dead. Now therefore arise, go over this Jordan, you and all this people, into the land that I am giving to them, to the people of Israel.” (ESV) “Moses my servant is dead. Now therefore arise, go over this Jordan, you and all this people, into the land that I am giving to them, to the people of Israel.” (ESV) ) and he’s deeply saddened about what lays before him. Think about it; he has to replace Moses. I’m sorry but that’s a little intimidating. Joshua’s thoughts must have been reeling, “This is the dude that parted the Red Sea. How do I live up to that? That’s the guy who talked face to face with God and brought the commandments down. How am I going to compete with that, Lord? Moses is the guy that fed us, did all these things for us and I have to take over now?”

Joshua is at least 80 years old now. If you read the book, you’ll find out the people he’s leading aren’t entirely sure Joshua’s the right guy or that he has the ability to do it. He has to take a people into a land where there are enemies waiting for them. He knows there are enemies because he’s one of the twelve that went there to spy it out.

God knew Joshua needed to hear a strong command which He repeated four times throughout chapter one of Joshua. God starts out by speaking comfort. “…as I was with Moses, so I will be with thee; I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.” (vs. 5). Then God commands, “Be strong and of a good courage…” (vs. 6). “Only be thou strong and very courageous,” (vs. 7). “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 thou goest” (vs. 9). “Only be strong and of a good courage” (vs. 18).

God doesn’t waste his words so if He says something four times, I think you should pay attention to it.

God did not say I want you to figure this out when you get across the river. He didn’t say take a poll and see what the people feel. God did not say let’s see if we can all get in agreement and see what everybody thinks. No. Do what I told you. I’m going to be with you. ONLY be thou strong and very courageous. God said if you do this, I’ll take care of the rest. That’s all I’m asking you to do.

Ephesians 6:10closeEphesians 6:10 10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. (ESV) closeEphesians 6:10closeEphesians 6:10 10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. (ESV) 10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. (ESV) says, “Be strong in the Lord and the power of His might.” It’s not your strength it’s God’s strength. It’s God’s might. It’s God’s ability. It’s God’s word that provides my strength. Greg’s power is not very much. He will be nervous. He will falter. He will get weak kneed.

I remember when I ran for office when I stood at a podium weak kneed and scared – flat-out scared. There were times I had to suck it up and stand there and speak the truth as I saw it and let the chips fall where they may.

Without courage you’re not going to stand on God’s word. Fear will steal the faith right out of your heart. Your point of fear is your point of failure.

It’s the bell that you won’t answer that you lose. You’ve got to stand up. You’ve got to become a Weeble. Do you know what Weebles are? They were roly-poly toys created in the 70’s. Weebles wobble but they don’t fall down. You’ve got to become a Weeble when it comes to the things of God. When it comes to the enemy attacking you, you’ve got to be a Weeble. Okay you wobbled me but I’m not falling down I’m going to get right back up.

Ephesians 6:13-14closeEphesians 6:13-14 13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. 14 Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness. . . . (ESV) closeEphesians 6:13-14closeEphesians 6:13-14 13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. 14 Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness. . . . (ESV) 13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. 14 Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness. . . . (ESV) says, “…and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore…” Keep standing. There’ve been times when the devil has hit me a good one because of my own dumbness, or because I did something crazy, or made a decision that opened me up for attack. But there’ve been times when I’ve taken one on the chin and the thing I have to do is stand up. I cannot be defeated if I won’t quit. As long as I get up, I win.

“So how do I get it, Pastor?” In the Hebrew language the word courageous is translated as: be sharp, be alert, clear headed. It also means to be established. One way you get it is to be established somewhere. You plant roots. You grow. You get watered by the Word. You begin to develop. You begin to establish yourself.

Courage is our responsibility. That’s our part. It’s not a take it or leave it proposition. It’s a command by God. “Be strong. Only be strong and very courageous.”

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