In this New Year of 2018 I want to start out by challenging you to be strong and courageous as you face this whole year. None of us really know except the Holy Spirit reveals to us what the year will hold by way of challenges and opportunities. But we do know that God's Word contains many wonderful promises for those who obey His Word.
Joshua 1:6 NKJV Be strong and courageous, because you will lead these people to inherit the land I swore to their ancestors to give them.
Just as there were some prerequisites that were required of Joshua and Israelites to go into the Promised Land, the same things are required of us to receive the blessings of God today. God told Joshua to be strong and of courageous. Why? In order to inherit the blessings God promised them, today we must also be strong and courageous to inherit the blessings for ourselves.
We can't be weakling's in the army of the Lord. We have to stand up and realize that we can’t live the way the world lives and still have God’s blessings. God sees us as who we really are, born again and His very own precious possessions and He desires us to have our inheritance and to use it wisely. He doesn’t want it to slip through our hands like it did before we became good givers and tithers.
You are very important to God. He is concerned about everything that concerns you. He sees each of you as precious and valuable no matter what you may have done. Now all that is left is for you to see yourself the same way He does, so that you can walk in His blessings.
Joshua 1:6 says to be strong and courageous. Well, that’s just the beginning. Later God said it again in V9 "Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
And in order to be strong and courageous you must observe to do according to the law. In other words, we must accept God’s Word as the law in our life. Your attitude should be, “God said it. I have believed it so that settles it. That’s the way it’s going to be. I don’t have to understand it. I don’t even have to like it. But because I trust God and I know that He loves me and He’s awesome in my life, I will do it because He said it.” That’s the attitude that will cause you to win and be victorious.
When you enlist in the army of the Lord the enemy will attack you. You had better believe that. Otherwise, he wouldn’t be an enemy. He is doing what an enemy does.
Jesus said in John 10:10 "The enemy comes with the purpose of stealing and killing and destroying but He [Jesus] came to give you life in all it's fullness and total victory every day."
So we have to be strong, be courageous, observe and do the Word of God and meditate it daily. When you do that, you will inherit the land, make your way prosperous, and you will have good success.