Be Strong and Courageous
Where are you discouraged and/or afraid?
God has a better plan…a plan for you to be strong and courageous, a plan to join Him in what He is doing to change lives forever
1. Joshua becomes the new leader of the Israelites
-Moses mentored Joshua, named him successor
2. National punishment has ended
-Joshua’s generation all died off, never entered Promise Land
-Only Joshua and Caleb remained- they had trusted God
-The Israelites were now ready to enter the Promise Land
3. God comes to Joshua
-vs 1 “the Lord spoke to Joshua…”
-Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Moses, now Joshua
4. God commands Joshua and the people to go
-vs 2 Prepare to cross over the Jordan
-the time is now!
5. God reaffirms His promises
-They WILL possess the land God promised to give them
-vs 5 No one will be able to stand against you as long as you
live. (Joshua’s lifetime)- this promise was fulfilled!
6. God promises His presence
-vs 5b “I will be with you…will not leave you or abandon you”
-vs 9 “for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
7. God tells Joshua to “be strong and courageous
-God says this 3 times: vs 6, 7, 9
-We must keep remembering that God is for us!
-We need “God-confidence” not “self-confidence”!
-vs 9 do not be afraid or discouraged!
8. God instructs Joshua
-vs 7 “observe carefully the whole instruction” God gave Moses
-vs 8 Constantly talk about and meditate on God’s Word
-Joshua will succeed by completely obeying God’s Word
-We don’t need a new Word from God…we must obey what He
Has already told us to do!
How to be “strong and courageous”
1. Join God in what He is already doing
-Matthew 22:37-39 Love God, love others
-Matthew 28:19-20 Make Disciples- go, baptize, train
-Jesus said “I will build my church”
-The Holy Spirit is drawing people to faith in Jesus Christ
-Joshua was called to lead where the previous generation failed
-What generational curses are you supposed to overcome?
-What cycle of destruction stops with you and your family?
-We don’t have to be inventive, creative for God to use us!
2. Trust God’s promises
-God promises spiritual success, security, eternal rewards!
3. Obey God’s Word
-Learn it, talk about it, meditate on it, apply it!
4. Practice the presence of God
-He is always with you
-He will never abandon you
5. Make God your loudest cheerleader!
-God-confidence must replace self-confidence!
-Be strong and courageous, not afraid or discouraged!
-Jesus said “apart from me you can do nothing!
The time is now: be strong and courageous today!
Who is God calling you to influence or lead spiritually?
How can we help you be strong and courageous?
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