Be strong and courageous

Joshua-1 9 2Quite providentially, the Verse of the Day for March 5 seems to follow-up perfectly the word of exhortation that was posted yesterday on the only day of the year that is a command: March 4th. Today the words spoken to Joshua resonate within our lives as well:

Joshua 1:9 (NIV):

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.”

The blog entry posted a year ago today is revised and re-posted below:

In the midst of perilous times, circumstances that are said “difficult to deal with,” we often become intimidated. The pressures of life and the challenges that confront us try to make us timid and fearful. Many times the adversary of our souls seeks to make us feel inferior or not up to the task, assignment or purpose that God has inspired us to pursue.

Dr. Tom Edwards in his workshop “Moving My Life Forward,” has a section that exhorts believers: “Don’t D.I.E. in the transition,” as we move into the next phase of our journey of discovery of God’s ultimate design and purpose for our lives. He uses D.I.E. as an acronym meaning “Discouraged, Intimidated, Entangled”

In each instance we are exhorted to move in the opposite spirit and respond with an offensive move to counter each negative emotion with a positive reminder from the Word of God.

The Verse of the Day from Joshua 1:9 is a great source of encouragement in midst of circumstances whereby we could be discouraged. Just as Joshua felt discouraged when he was confronted with the task of leading the Children of Israel into the Promised Land after the death of Moses, we also have similar concerns, as we move in transition into the next phase of our destiny in God.

Another related passage reminds believers to have no fear:

Isaiah 41:10, 13

10 Fear not, for I am with you;
Be not dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you,
Yes, I will help you,
I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’

For I, the Lord your God, will hold your right hand,
Saying to you, ‘Fear not, I will help you.’

These particular verses remind us that as believers we are not to fear. The comforting exhortation to “fear not” or “do not fear” occurs 365 times in the Bible, indicating a daily memo from God that we are to have no fear.

When we encounter similarly stressful situations that cause us to respond in fear, we are to be encouraged to seek the strength to overcome any obstacle that attempts to block our path to success.

We counter those attempts that seek to generate fear with reminders from the Word of God that instead of becoming more fearful and afraid, we are to be “fearless”:  we should be bold, brave, composed, confident, unafraid, valiant, and courageous.

We find strength and encouragement in the Don Moen song: “Be Strong and Take Courage.”

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2 Responses to “Be strong and courageous”

  1. Suzannne Says:

    TRULY INSPIRING!!

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