Bible Study: Joshua 1:5 #2 – Don’t Let Doubt Control Your Life

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“No man will [be able to] stand before you [to oppose you] as long as you live. Just as I was [present] with Moses, so will I be with you; I will not fail you or abandon you.”

– Joshua 1:5 AMP

One sentence recap: Joshua is supposed to succeed Moses in leading the Israelites into the Promised Land. 

Isn’t it strange that Moses never made it into the Promised Land despite what God said in Joshua 1:5? God said to Joshua that He was present with Moses. He was with Moses. He never left nor forsook Moses.

So, why didn’t God let Moses enter the Promised Land? Let’s take a look at Numbers 20:9-12

“‘Take the rod; and you and your brother Aaron assemble the congregation and speak to the rock in front of them, so that it will pour out its water. In this way you shall bring water for them out of the rock and let the congregation and their livestock drink [fresh water].’ So Moses took the rod from before the LORD, just as He had commanded him; and Moses and Aaron gathered the assembly before the rock. Moses said to them, ‘Listen now, you rebels; must we bring you water out of this rock?’ Then Moses raised his hand [in anger] and with his rod he struck the rock twice [instead of speaking to the rock as the LORD had commanded]. And the water poured out abundantly, and the congregation and their livestock drank [fresh water]. But the LORD said to Moses and Aaron, ‘Because you have not believed (trusted) Me, to treat Me as holy in the sight of the sons of Israel, you therefore shall not bring this assembly into the land which I have given them.’”

– Numbers 20:8-12 AMP

It was because Moses didn’t listen to God.

It’s okay to have doubts, but Moses let his doubt control him. 

Learn from Somebody Else’s Mistake

In Joshua 1, the Lord said to Joshua “No man will [be able to] stand before you [to oppose you] as long as you live.”

That means that the Lord promised that the enemies of Israel will not be able to defeat them. 

It was a promise from the Maker of the Heavens and the Earth that Joshua will surely lead the Israelites into the Promise Land. No one more credible than God can make a promise and deliver it. If the audible voice of God came down from Heaven and said something to your face, I’m sure your faith wouldn’t waiver.

Or would it…? Would it start to waiver when God isn’t right up in your face anymore? 

Joshua had seen what doubt has done to Moses. God denied him entry into the Promised Land. He should know that doubt is the enemy of miracles and breakthroughs. 

Joshua may doubt, but he knew that if his doubt got too strong, it would hold them back, then their enemies may defeat them.

But it’s not only doubt that stands in the way of your breakthroughs. It’s hate, envy, regret, lust, greed, anger, and all the other extremes under the sun.

I call them extremes because too much of one thing is bad. Too much desire becomes greed, envy, hate, lust. Too much passion may topple over and become anger. Too much introspection becomes regret. 

Continue to Stay on Guard

God said to Joshua that no one can stand before him. If your enemies can’t even stand before you, how can they strike you down?

But just because they can’t stand before you doesn’t mean you’re a free man. In Brazilian Ju-Jitsu, if you’re on the ground and your opponent has let his guard down, you can still sweep them off their feet. 

Likewise, if you don’t keep your guard up, the opponent will be able to sweep you off your feet. 

““But be on guard, so that your hearts are not weighed down and depressed with the giddiness of debauchery and the nausea of self-indulgence and the worldly worries of life, and then that day [when the Messiah returns] will not come on you suddenly like a trap;”

– Luke 21:34 AMP

Call to Action

God is always with you. And when He is with you, no man can stand before you. When you understand this truth, know that you’re on your way to your breakthrough. 

That is to say, you will still need to be on your guard because your enemies will always be lurking around the corner to take you down when you let down your guard. 

You may be asking how does one continuously guard their hearts? The only way is to saturate your every day with God and the Holy Spirit. 

One way of doing this is to hide the Word of God always in your heart. 

“I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.”

– Psalms 119:11 NIV

One more thing: If you have doubts but still continued to act in faith, then you didn’t let your doubt control your life. Fight the doubt!

God bless you and start storing the treasures of Heaven in your heart!

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