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A Time for Courage

Read | Joshua 1:5-7

Even before the Israelites set out to conquer the Promised Land, the Lord knew everything they would experience—including the unconventional victory at Jericho, the defeat at Ai, and the Gibeonites’ deception (Josh. 6–9). And so He gave a command and a promise to Joshua, His chosen leader of the people. God knows what lies ahead for today’s believers as well, and His words still apply to all who walk with Him.

• The Command: “Be strong and courageous!” (1:6, 7, 9). So many things in this life threaten to overshadow godly hearts and minds. Adversaries assail us in the workplace, our neighborhoods, and sometimes even in our homes. We often have occasion to wonder if we are making a good decision or following the wisest course. Like the Israelites, we face battles, enemies, and trials. And yet God tells us to have courage and strength as we confront what comes.

• The Promise: “I will be with you; I will not fail you or forsake you” (v. 5). The Lord’s command would be impossible to obey without His promise. We stand not on our own strength and resolve but on the unwavering power of God. The guarantee of His presence and guidance is ours to claim.

The writer of Psalm 118 trusted in God’s command and promise from Joshua 1. He penned, “The Lord is for me; I will not fear; what can man do to me?” (v. 6). No one can remove God’s love from us, take our salvation, or make us forfeit our right to faithfully abide with Him forever.

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  • February 14, 2013 10:29 AM

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    thank you lord for forgiving me of m,y sins. thankyou for showing m,e that all i have to do is abide in your word daily
  • February 11, 2013 02:45 PM

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    Thank God He will not forsake me or leave me.
  • February 11, 2013 11:43 AM

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    Thank you!
  • February 11, 2013 08:49 AM

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    Awesome, I thank the lord for reminding me to have courage.
  • February 11, 2013 06:34 AM

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    Special thanks for today's Devotion. Encouraging.
  • February 11, 2013 06:12 AM

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    Just what I needed to be reminded of today...thank-you In Touch.
  • February 11, 2013 05:58 AM

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    Thank you for your wonderful post each day. Today is a big day for me regarding my health and a doctors visit for results after 12 weeks of treatment/therapy and this mornings message was great to read first thing I feel evven strong. Thank you very much for loving the Lord and the World so much to provide this. ~ Pam
  • February 11, 2013 05:47 AM

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    Amen! ! Thank you Lord
  • February 11, 2013 05:33 AM

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    loved it
  • February 11, 2013 01:55 AM

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    My husband has an interview today and we were very much worried.This devotion helps us to be courageous and trust in the Lord more .THis message is very uplifting and pls do pray for us.
  • February 11, 2013 01:41 AM

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    Truly encouraging message. I was thinking what to do since I have no job. Then I read the daily devotional. Then the verse " The Lord is for me; I will not fear; what can man do to me?" and the verse "I will be with you; I will not fail you or forsake you" have lifted the burden off my heart. What a faithful God we have! I sincerely thank our Lord Jesus and your ministry.

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