Joshua 1:7 Only be thou strong and very courageous, that thou mayest observe to do according to all the law, which Moses my servant commanded thee: turn not from it to the right hand or to the left, that thou mayest prosper whithersoever thou goest.
1:8 This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.
1:9 Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.
The word Courage means the quality of mind or spirit that enables a person to face difficulty, danger, pain, etc without fear and to be brave.
When we are courageous we may suffer. But being courageous takes bravery.
Courage is one of man’s needs since fear is one on mans enemies.
Courage is a trait of strong character. Moral courage allows men to have the power to stand against all forms of persecution or ridicule and criticism.
Too many Christians are unsuccessful in living a steadfast life for God. The word steadfast means immovable, constant or enduring. They are afraid of being belittled, humiliation or being a laughingstock, and mistreatment. They even hide the fact they are Christians. They keep it quiet and they become secret service Christians.
I refuse to hide my beliefs and I will stand strong for Christ. He hung on the cross for me and the least I can do is to live for HIM.
Don't look and act like the world, come out and be ye separate.
How about you? Have Courage and be all that God has called you to be.
Ephesians 3:19 May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God.
20 Now all glory to God, who is able, through His mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.
Did you know that God wants us to think and dream big. This scripture says God wants to do more for us than you could ask or imagine. Wow! Think about that, meditate on that. So believe God for big things and see if He will do more. I look at what God has done for me and my family I can’t thank Him enough. It causes me to want to praise Him all the day long.
God rewards those who seek after Him. Hebrew 11:6
So peruse God and see if He won’t knock your socks off
Confession: I will seek first the Kingdom of God and He will add everything to my life.
Prov. 3:6-7 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the Lord, and depart from evil.
2 Corinthians 10:4 For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of [Satan's] strong holds;
5 Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.
Verse four says "weapons," plural. What are some of these weapons?
Verse five lists one of them as casting down imaginations or reasonings. We are told to cast down imaginations or reasonings that exalt themselves against the knowledge of God.
If you want to walk by faith, the Word of God must be superior to natural human knowledge, whether that knowledge is yours, mine, or someone else's.
Remember, Proverbs 3:7 says, "Be not wise in thine own eyes...."
You see, if the Word is to work for you, it must be to you as superior to all human reasonings, because human knowledge sense knowledge is always limited. The mind learns through the physical senses; it's trained that way.
Therefore, no one has perfect human knowledge. But the Word of God is perfect. If you're going to walk by faith, you're going to have to settle on the integrity of the Word of God.
Confession: I cast down everything that exalts itself against the knowledge of God. Instead of following my own natural human reasoning’s, I follow the Word of God. And I continue to walk on in faith.
Proverbs 4:18 The path of the righteous gets brighter and brighter.
Discover the seeds of greatness God has placed inside of you by reading the Word.
Where you are today is not where you're meant to stay. No matter what you've been through or what you "think" you are capable of doing--God has more for you, and He is ready to take you higher.
Learn how to do your part to stir up your faith, let go of the labels and limitations in your life, and get ready to have a new mindset" You haven't seen your best days yet!
Let’s walk by faith and not by sight. Let’s believe God for the greater things in life. He loves you and has empowered you to do great things.
Confession: I can do all things in Christ. Greater is God that is in me than the devil is in the world.
Ephesians 2:10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.
We believers didn't make ourselves who and what we are - God did. So be careful about passing judgment on God's creation.
Christians who think they are being humble, sometimes say, "I'm so unworthy." But God didn't make any unworthy new creations. I'm not unworthy, and you're not unworthy either. To say that you are unworthy is not humility - it is ignorance of the Word of God, and it gives place to the devil to dominate you.
We are God's workmanship! When you belittle yourself, you are actually complaining about what God has done. You're belittling His workmanship.
Created in Christ Jesus, our scripture says.
Quit looking at yourself from the natural standpoint. Look at yourself in Jesus. You'll look much better. You see, God the Father doesn't see you like anyone else sees you. He sees you as you are in Christ!
Confession: I am God's workmanship. He made me a new creation. He created me in Christ Jesus. I see myself as God sees me. I see myself in Christ.
Have a good weekend. Jesus loves you.
John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
There is only one way to heaven and that is to believe in Jesus as the Son of God.
It is up to you and I to let people know that Jesus loves them and wants them to go the heaven when their time comes. But how will they know if you and I don’t tell them?
It is our love obligation as sons and daughters of God to let them know what we know!
Love and care for people enough to let them know there is a God that loves them so much that He sent His son to the earth to die for them. Jesus is the only way to heaven, He is the open door.
Take time to pray and ask God who you should witness to today. We as Christians have been commanded to go into the world and tell the Good News of Christ.
Confession: I will go and tell other about my Jesus and how God saved me just in time Amen
The Daily Bread
A devotional to equip, exhort, motivate and feed your spirit.
Pastor Larry Smoot is Senior Pastor of Church on the Rock in Stafford County, Virginia.