Topic: Be Strong And Of A Good Courage [Wednesday December 20, 2017]
“Be strong and of a good courage: for unto this people shalt thou divide for an inheritance the land, which I sware unto their fathers to give them.” – Joshua 1:6 (KJV)
Yesterday, we saw God telling Joshua to arise and the same God is saying to you: Arise. However, to arise, you must be strong and of a good courage. God said to Joshua that He will be with him, however, Joshua still had to fulfil the condition to be strong.
Why was God so emphatic about him being strong and of a good courage? It is because God knew that the devil specialises in throwing tantrums, all in a bid to get your attention. The devil wants you to think you have failed. He wants to show you the impossibilities all around you. The devil knows that he can only stop you successfully if he gets you to agree with him. So he will do all he can to sow seeds of doubt and unbelief in you, but I come today to challenge you to be strong and of a good courage. How can you achieve this?
The answer is verse 8 of the same scripture. Child of God, do you want to succeed? If yes, then you cannot do anything outside full obedience to this scripture. God said to Joshua, “this book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth, but thou shalt meditate therein day and night ..” That is the key to being strong and courageous. Fill your heart with the word of God. Don’t just read the Bible like a novel. Stop, read it slowly, write it down and carry it around and say it to yourself as often as possible. The more you say it, the more real it becomes for faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God.
No matter the challenge you face or are facing, find the word of God in that area, write them down, form a confession out of it. Say it over and over to yourself and don’t get tired of saying it and you will see God manifest Himself in that area.
Further Reading: Joshua 1:1-8
Daily Bible Reading: Morning- Micah 1-3; Evening- Revelation 11
Written by Dr. Mike Okonkwo; Is the Presiding Bishop of The Redeemed Evangelical Mission (TREM); a versatile man of God with over 30 years of dedicated service unto the Lord.