Joshua 1:9 Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.
Being weak or faint-hearted will not take you to victory. It will take strength and courage to go and possess what God has promised.
God told Joshua three times between Joshua 1:6-9 to be strong and courageous for a reason: it was to reinforce the understanding that victory will not come by being weak and faint hearted. To be strong is to show determination. Determination is what keeps you going when the odds are against you. To be courageous is to be fearless; being fearless is necessary to not run away from the difficult battles. Just as he was instructed by God, Joshua showed the strength and courage to not only overcome the Jericho wall where the chances of success seemed slim at the beginning but also the difficult battles in which they were greatly outnumbered by the opposing forces.
Overcomers overcome by showing strength and courage. Looking beyond Joshua, those traits served David well against Goliath. It also factored heavily in Moses being able to lead the people out of Egypt and past the Red Sea. You need strength and courage to reach your Promised Land. There will be tough decisions that you will have to make and difficult challenges to overcome. Giving up or running away should never be options that you entertain.
The reason God told Joshua to remain strong and courageous was because he would be with him. The scripture says “neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest”. Within that context it is less difficult to be strong and courageous as the reassurance of God being with you is the proof that victory is certain.
Consistently show strength and courage by developing the mindset of never giving up and refusing to back down when you face what seems like insurmountable challenges.
Lord, thank you for being a present help in times of trouble. I reject fear and doubt and embrace faith knowing that with you all things are possible through Jesus Christ our Lord, amen.
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