Be strong, have faith…

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STRONGER EACH DAY

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9

When Moses addressed the Israelites before they went into the land of Canaan, can you imagine the fears, the anxiety that they must have been facing. “When the LORD your God brings you into the land you are entering to possess and drives out before you many nations, the Hittites, Girgashites, Amorites, Canaanites, Perizzites, Hivites, and Jebusites, seven nations larger and stronger than you, and when the Lord your God has delivered them over to you and you have defeated them, then you must destroy them totally. Make no treaty with them, and show them no mercy.” Duet 7:1-2

 Knowing me, if I was among the Israelites facing the task before me, I might have asked Moses to repeat that. After all, Moses was known to stutter at times. At least, internally I might have been thinking, “Are you sure about this?”

He repeats it…

Do not fear or panic…the Lord your God is with you, to fight for you…” Deut 20:3

“Do not be in dread or afraid…” Deut 1:29

“The Lord your God goes before you…Deut 1:30

…He will not leave or forsake you…” Deut 31:6

Joshua repeats God’s directive in Joshua 1:9, “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.”

 In the New Testament, we are urged to be strong and rely upon what our Heavenly Father promises.

 “…stand firm in the faith; be men of courage; be strong,” 1 Corr 16:13

 “…my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.”  2 Tim 2:1

  “…everything is possible for him who believes.…I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you. “ Matt 17:20

 

O Lord, help us to remember that’s it’s not just us against the world. That’s pretty unfair odds, but you are on our sides, which stacks the odds heavily in our favor. Help us to remember your Holy Words found in scripture…” if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you. “