A Better You: The Book of Joshua #7 – Changing the World Begins with Ourselves

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You Are Predestined for Greatness.

In the book of Joshua. Joshua had to be strong and courageous to deliver the promise of Israel from God.

There are some things in your life that God has ordained you to give to the world!

Your gifts from God are not yours to keep secret. After all, a gift is made to be given. Those talents of yours are meant to serve God and to serve others. Your predispositions are there to demonstrate the Love of God to all the ends of the earth.

Whoever speaks, is to do so as one who is speaking the utterances of God; whoever serves is to do so as one who is serving by the strength which God supplies; so that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom belongs the glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.
– 1 Peter 4:11

So What’s Holding You Back?

Selfishness might be something that’s holding you back. Not to say you’re a selfish person, but maybe you’re just a little stingier when it comes to a specific gift.

Maybe you like to write, but you don’t want people to know.

Maybe you like to lead, but never dared to do it in public.

Maybe you like to take photographs but never showed them to anyone.

But, why do you feel this way about this specific gift?

Whatever it is, maybe it’s not selfishness. Perhaps, it’s fear. You’re afraid and ashamed to show the world what you’re made of. And I get it. It’s terrifying to show people what you’re truly made of. It’s scary to be vulnerable.

It could be because when we share what we’re good at with people, people have an edge over you. They know something about you that means something. So you’re terrified people will hurt you with what they know about you.

It could also be because you feel unqualified. When people look at you, they think to themselves “no way, this girl couldn’t possibly be good at speaking” because you look in an anti-social hermit. When people look at you, they think to themselves “no way this is the new manager, he’s way too young!”.

Slowly, you let these discouragements get the better of you.

So What Exactly Was Joshua Facing?

He was afraid to trying to keep the promise that God had promised to Israel. He was probably afraid of not being able to deliver.

It was a good thing that Joshua quickly realized that whatever this was, it wasn’t a promise that he made himself. This was a promise that God to Abraham made a long time ago. A promise that the great “I Am” made to Abraham way before Joshua was even conceived. A promise made with the Alpha and Omega.

God was just using him to deliver the promise. The promise didn’t come from within Joshua. It came from God. Joshua was just the messenger of the promise.

As you read on, you would realize that Joshua was a man of great humility and servitude. He knew to be a great leader, he had to have great faith in God and to serve God.

All these things, God already knew Joshua had the potential to do so.

“Since we have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, each of us is to exercise them accordingly: if prophecy, according to the proportion of his faith;”

– Romans 12:6

All Joshua needed to do to fulfill the promises of God was to serve God. He needed to get out of the way so that God could move.

And that was what Joshua was good at. He was good at obeying (after seeing how Moses missed the promise of God). Then, right after God commanded him, Joshua ordered the Israelites to prepare to take over The Promised Land.

Overarching Principle: The Promise of God

To sum it all up, the promises of God isn’t yours to fulfill. In order to deliver it, you just need to be faithful and obey God. You be faithful, and He will deliver. Especially so if it is God’s promise for your life.

As for the community around you, use your gifts and talents to serve God so His promises for them can be fulfilled through you, not from within you.

Call to Action

Obedience is consistent faith. It is a daily reminder that our God is bigger than anything you can face in this life. Obedience is knowing that God will catch you.

On top of that, serve the community with your gifts, keeping the Kingdom’s extension in your heart’s intention. Know that you don’t need to promise anything to anyone, you just have to do your part. God’s promises is inadvertently come through you to the community.

God bless you and encourage someone else!

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