Friday, January 24, 2014
"Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:9 NIV)
Thoughts for Today
Jericho was just the beginning. Through the years Joshua led Israel through many battles, many conquests. He persevered through hard times and good times—always trusting in God and his Word.
Some of Joshua's last words show us his faith in God had not wavered one bit. He was still loyal and even ready to move again if God called for him to do so. He said these now familiar words: "But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord” (Joshua 24:15 NIV).
Joshua persevered . . . trusted in God . . . and lived by faith, not by sight.
Consider this …
Sometimes in our walk with Christ, we keep on keeping on. We pray and pray. But we see no breakthrough. But we need to follow Joshua's example. We need to keep our eyes on Jesus—not the waves. We need to believe God's promises, not what we see.
Joshua kept on marching around the walls. For us, it may mean we must keep on standing. Have a stare-down with the devil. Don't blink. Stand firm.
Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. (Ephesians 6:13 NIV)
Meditate on today's scripture. Be strong. Be courageous. Don't be discouraged. Why? The Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.
Father, help me persevere in faith even when things look bad. I know you are with me. Thank you for strength and courage. Thank you for guiding me. Help me to stand. In Jesus' name . . .
These thoughts were drawn from …
Godly Heroes: A Small Group Study of Hebrews 11 by Jimmy Ray Lee, D.Min. This guide presents a step-by-step study of Hebrews 11. It also features the profile of the characteristics of Godly heroes, written in language that relates to today's living. In this guide you will find definitions, characteristics and examples of the heroes' faith life. Note: This curriculum was written especially for small groups, and we encourage people to use it that way. However, it can also be used effectively as a personal study for individuals or couples.
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