“Moses My servant is dead. Now you and all the people prepare to cross over the Jordan to the land I am giving the Israelites…Above all, be strong and very courageous to carefully observe the whole instruction My servant Moses commanded you. Do not turn from it to the right or the left, so that you will have success wherever you go.”
Joshua 1:2, 7 HCSB
The Israelites had been through many challenges and changes during the course of 40 years, and now Joshua, not Moses, was leading the Israelites into the Promised Land. You and I can relate to this, can’t we? Yet, when Joshua encouraged his people to be courageous, it wasn’t about being tough and pulling themselves up by their bootstraps he referred to. Instead, he advised them it would take courage to be 100% obedient to God’s instructions in how to they were to live.
As we move forward into 2020, in addition to a multitude of blessings because we’ve been given new life in Christ, two things are sure to come our way: change and challenges. We will be tempted to swerve into disbelief and unfaithfulness, anger and covetousness. At some point, we likely will start to lose hope and want to give up because Satan battles for our hearts. Know it and prepare your hearts and minds in advance by keeping them charged up with the fuel of God’s Word. Remain in obedience to Him and finish well. Be courageous!
Wishing you joy in the journey, friends.🚦
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