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Be strong and courageous

March 4, 2014

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.”

In Response to “Don’t D.I.E.” “I Shall L.I.V.E.”

March 19, 2013
Psalm 118:17 has meant a great deal to me, especially over the past 13 years.

Psalm 118:17 has meant a great deal to me, especially over the past 13 years.

Recently while reflecting on the first three months of 2013, I recall that I approached the New Year with eager anticipation that it would be a glorious display of God’s favor demonstrated in a special way. Take a look at the first blog entry for Dr. J’s Apothecary Shoppe where I talk about “The Number 13” to see what I mean:

https://drlej.wordpress.com/2013/01/01/2013-taking-a-new-look-at-the-number-13/

During January I also participated in a life-transforming workshop presented by Dr. Tom Edwards who spoke of the place where we find ourselves in this season, and he exhorted participants “Don’t D.I.E. in the Transition.” Using “D.I.E” as an acronym, he specifically addressed some of the factors that would hinder, inhibit or stop us altogether, as we journey to next level of success:

Dr. Edwards spoke of three ways to D.I.E. expressed in this way—we should not become:

DISTRACTED,                IDLED,                            ENTICED

DISCOURAGED,            INTIMIDATED,           ENTANGLED

DEFEATED,                 IMPLODED,                       EXPIRED

As I reviewed the notes from the workshop, I developed a personal response, as I reflected upon a verse that has come to mean a great deal to me over the past 13 years.

Psalm 118:17

 I shall not die, but live,
And declare the works of the Lord.

In addition, I added an acronym of my own: L.I.V.E.

LEARN to INVEST in and VALUE EACH day that you live.

When I first committed Psalm 118:17 to memory, I was also inspired to write a song which I sang for my former brother-in-law, Elliott Thompson, who was dying of cancer at the time.

This verse was the inspiration for a song composed for someone else, but I continue to sing it to myself.

This verse was the inspiration for a song composed for someone else, but I continue to sing it to myself.

I Shall Not Die, but Live!

Chorus:

I shall not die, but live!

And declare the works of the Lord.

I shall confess and claim the promises

According to God’s matchless Word.

Verse 1

I must work while it is day,

For there’s so much I have to do.

As I pass through the storms of life,

I know He’ll always see me through.

Chorus:

Verse 2

He’ll strengthen and encourage me

And uphold me with His right hand.

He works all things together for my good

According to His perfect plan.

Chorus:

Verse 3

He teaches me to wait on Him

And overcome each doubt and fear.

He is my Lord; in Him I put my trust.

Like a shepherd, He’s always near.

Chorus:

Verse 4

To find the answers to Life’s problems

In God’s Word His will is revealed.

Christ conquered poverty and disease:

By His stripes I know I am healed.

Chorus:

Sometime during last year my daughter, Melissa, sent me a YouTube video of a song that she said was a kind of “theme song” for me:  “I Shall Live” by Darlene McCoy

In addition to highlighting verse 17 of Psalm 118, I read over the entire psalm and a number of other verses caught my attention. The Psalm of David opens with an energetic exhortation which is repeated five times, symbolic of God’s grace, in Psalm 118:1, 2, 3, 4, and 29—

Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good!
For His mercy endures forever.

Psalm 118:8 also caught my attention.

It is better to trust in the Lord
than to put confidence in man.

Some people say that this verse is “smack dab in the center” of the Bible, and others say that it is not the center verse of the Scriptures. In any case, it was the inspiration for a song with these lyrics:

It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man.

Cast aside your own selfish schemes and follow His perfect plan.

Focus your eyes on Him and stay centered in His will.

Keep seeking the Lord with all your heart, stay prayerful and be still.

It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man.

The power of man is limited, though he may do the best he can.

Put all your trust in the Lord, for righteousness shall prevail.

Keep putting your confidence in God, for He will never fail.

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Psalm 118:24 is one of the most recognized verses from the Book of Psalms:

This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.

This verse is the inspiration for this recording with accompanying magnificent photos recorded by the—Bob Jones Academy Choir

As I continue to reflect upon Dr. Edwards’ workshop and study and apply the Word of God to my life, I will not “D.I.E.”  in the transition, but I will “L.I.V.E.” by “Learning to Invest in and Value Every day.”

I conclude this blog entry with this stirring reminder from Fred Hammond of Psalm 118:24: