“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. 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. 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. 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.”
(Joshua 1:6-9 NLT)
This is just what we need to walk in God’s calling, to follow His call, to live the life He has planned for us and to do His will in our life. I know i need it, to be strong and courageous.
Most of all, it is God’s command for Joshua, for Israelites, and I am sure it is for us, too.
But how can we be strong and courageous? God even gives the answer to that question.
1. Be careful to obey God’s law, commands and instructions. Every single word of God we receive through the reading of the Bible. To be careful obeying God’s law is a warning for us, a reminder that there are obstacles will be in our ways to obey Him, there are temptations that will lead us to disobedience. Therefore, be watchful and be careful.
2. Do not deviate from God’s law, commands and instructions. God tells us not to walk out of His path, for His path is right and leads to life. All what He has said to us through the Bible is His law, commands and instructions that lead us to where He wants us to go, to the promise land, to His promises. If you want to receive His promises in your life, then you should follow the One who, has promised you that, He is the on,y one who knows what to do and where to go.
3. Study the Book of Instructions, in other words, study the Bible, every single God’s word. The word study is familiar for all of us. We have been studying about everything since we were little, and even until now we want to study more about something or anything. Studying the Bible is never end. Studying the Bible is to gain knowledge about the true living God, to know personally of who He was, is and is to come, to have wisdom and understanding of how we should live as God’s believers, followers and children on this earth so that every one can see and know He is God.
4. Meditate on it. Meditation is not only to memorize a verse, but to think deep of it, let it sinks into our mind and heart, and act out of what we have learned and meditated. Meditation of God’s word is to listen to God and obey whatever He says, and let He renews our mind with His word.
To do all of those steps is not as easy as we read, or hear or eat a cupcake. It is hard and takes time. It is a process or growing faith in God, the LORD. It is done not by our power.
We can do them all only by the power of the Holy Spirit. It is the power of The living God abides in us to empower us to achieve and fulfill all His will in our life. For our God has promised us that He will be with us wherever we go. And He never fail.
So, let us be strong and courageous, do not be afraid or discouraged today!