Song of the Week
Song: Broken Vessels (Amazing Grace) by Hillsong Worship
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Feeling Overwhelmed by Your Dreams?
Today’s part will be a simple one. We’ll be taking a look at Joshua 1:6
“Be strong and confident and courageous, for you will give this people as an inheritance the land which I swore to their fathers (ancestors) to give them.”
– Joshua 1:6 AMP
How I read it was:
YOU be strong and courageous, for you will give this people as an inheritance the land which I swore to their ancestors.
God commands Joshua to “Be Strong and Courageous”. It wasn’t for no good reason, it was for Israel’s deliverance.
In Joshua 1:6, God tells Joshua to be strong and courageous for in his strength and courage, He will give this people as an inheritance the land which God promised their ancestors.
Take a moment to think of the gravity of this situation.
God essentially commanded a mortal man to be strong and courageous. Then, he proceeded to tell him that the entire nation of Israel’s future rested on his ability to remain strong and courageous.
If I were Joshua… I don’t even know where to begin.
Joshua probably was like:
What?! Are you serious, God?! The future of two and a half million people rests on my shoulders?! WHAT?
That’s a justified reaction. Joshua probably felt unqualified. And he was.
Before you raise your torches and pitchforks at me, let me finish.
He was unqualified. He’s not in a position to give Israel The Promised Land.
Heck! Joshua barely even owned anything from all the running in the wilderness!
Joshua had one thing that was far more valuable than gold, however. Joshua had a heart ready to serve. And that’s why God chose him! He knew it wasn’t his to promise. He was only the broken vessel.
What to Do When Your Emotions Run Wild?
Right in that moment, I would have been terrified.
But God then went on to explain to him “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”
Of course, it doesn’t make all of Joshua’s worries go away immediately.
But this was also a promise. It wasn’t a promise to Israel, but it was also a promise to Joshua.
God was going to help Joshua help Israel.
It’s so amazing to know that our God can use one miracle to teach multiple groups of people.
It was to teach Joshua to trust God and it was to deliver Israel from the wilderness.
Something else to learn from Joshua 1:6 is that being strong and courageous isn’t an emotion. They are choices, unlike feelings.
We may feel angry, but we don’t have to act on them.
We may feel depressed, but we don’t have to let those feelings hold us down!
When You’re Scared of Your Dreams
Sometimes God tells you to do something big and you’re stunned. You’re a vegetable now.
But look at Joshua 1:6. God called Joshua to be strong and courageous in order to deliver the Israelites. He didn’t say “Okay, Joshua, come up with a detailed 5 year plan that will guarantee Israel’s victory into The Promised Land whilst I sit back and watch.”
No! Our God is an active God who wants to intervene in our lives. But He will only do it if you readily accept Him everyday. As you continue to read Joshua 1, you can see how the next “Be Strong and Courageous” commands are to teach Joshua to welcome God in his life.
So, when God tells you something big is going to happen, most of the time, it’s gonna be in the midst of you doing what you always do with your heart postured heavenward.
It’s going to be when you’re worshiping and praising.
It’s going to be when you’re obeying even the simplest commands.
Call to Action
Don’t let the big promises God has spoken in your life scare you to death.
They should scare you, yes. But don’t let them paralyze you. Don’t turn into a broccoli!
God bless you and continue to obey the Lord with all of your heart!
This weeks blog is similar to what Pastor Steven Furtick talked about in this recent sermon called Flip The Bag, except that we’re using different passages of scripture.
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