Walking into a new season with the Lord means change. Everything is different than what we have been used to. That’s enough to make us more than a little nervous. How are we to respond?
6 Be strong and courageous, for you shall cause this people to inherit the land that I swore to their fathers to give them. 7 Only be strong and very courageous, being careful to do according to all the law that Moses my servant commanded you. Do not turn from it to the right hand or to the left, that you may have good success wherever you go.
9 “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:6 – 7, 9
“Be Strong and Courageous”
I find it interesting that the first thing the Lord tells Joshua is to be strong and courageous. Why would the Lord tell him that? Because Joshua was literally walking of his map. Noting was the same as it had been.
Moses, his beloved mentor, was dead. He could no longer turn to him for counsel.
Joshua had the responsibility of leading over a million people into their Promised Land.
The enemies he had faced in the wilderness were nothing compared to the ones he would face in the land of Canaan.
Courage and strength would definitely be required for him to successfully lead his people forward into their destiny.
How About Us?
It is much the same for us as we enter our new season with the Lord. Everything has changed. We may find ourselves hundreds of miles from family or friends. We may suddenly find ourselves being given responsibilities we have no idea how to fulfill. And on top of it all, there will be new enemies to overcome in the new territory that has been opened before us. The whole thing can be quite intimidating, and more than a little overwhelming.
Right here, as we begin to enter our new season, we need to determine where our confidence lies. We need to lock our eyes onto the Lord and determine to walk forward, drawing all the required resources from Him. We must be strong in the Lord to overcome the enemies we meet (Ephesians 6:10). We must be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus in order to fulfill the new responsibilities of the new day (2nd Timothy 2:1). We must continually come to the throne of grace with confidence to find the necessary grace and mercy to help in our time of need (Hebrews 4:16). The Lord is faithful, and He will make us more than equal to the task before us.
Fear is one of the greatest paralyzers known to man. As we look at that challenges (real or assumed) that face us in the new season we are entering, the icy fingers of fear can choke off any previous enthusiasm we may have had, and render us to a place of inactivity. Don’t give in to fear! Look to the Lord and let Him fill you with the require strength and courage. Then rise up and proceed with confidence as you journey into the new level of living in the Reign.
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