Feel the fear but obey God anyway! Joshua 1:1-9
Divine Note #21 - Joshua 1:1-9
Joshua 1:1-9 (New Living Translation)
The Lord’s Charge to Joshua
1 After the death of Moses the Lord’s servant, the Lord spoke to Joshua son of Nun, Moses’ assistant. He said, 2 “Moses my servant is dead. Therefore, the time has come for you to lead these people, the Israelites, across the Jordan River into the land I am giving them. 3 I promise you what I promised Moses: ‘Wherever you set foot, you will be on land I have given you—4 from the Negev wilderness in the south to the Lebanon mountains in the north, from the Euphrates River in the east to the Mediterranean Sea[a] in the west, including all the land of the Hittites.’ 5 No one will be able to stand against you as long as you live. For I will be with you as I was with Moses. I will not fail you or abandon you.
6 “Be strong and courageous, for you are the one who will lead these people to possess all the land I swore to their ancestors I would give them. 7 Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the instructions Moses gave you. Do not deviate from them, turning either to the right or to the left. Then you will be successful in everything you do. 8 Study this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do. 9 This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
Dear Sisters: I hope all of you heard God’s clear message to us in class and through Pastor Susan’s powerful parting sermon! Do not fear! God commands you to be strong and courageous! Your history with God will help you take bold steps of faith as Pastor Susan preached this morning! Just as God guided Moses, Joshua knew that God would also help him fulfill the monumental mission of leading God’s people to the Promised Land. God is willing to do the same for you if you step out of caring about your own world and move to minister to his hurting children by using the gifts He has given you. I’m excited about my next steps and I hope you are too!
Pastor Susan put it so perfectly, so I’m not going to reinvent the wheel, I’ll just tell you how God put the message in my heart. Our personal God commands you to obey Him so you can be strong and courageous in doing the work that He placed you on Earth to do!
When you start to feel the fear:
1. Remember what God has done in your life so far
2. Remember God’s character – He is faithful when you call on Him!
3. Remember God’s promises; sometimes you must wait on His timing
4. Remember His actions; He fed thousands with seven loaves of bread and a few fish (Mark 8:1-9) ; he raised people from the dead (think Lazarus) and cured countless others (Mark 6:53-50). I can testify that He still performs miracles!
Pastor Susan further articulated God’s vision for His church. Consider God as the Architect of a master-planned community. He wants to partner with each one of us. With God’s vision enabling all of us, great things can happen! God’s plan is not dependent on leaders! God’s plan depends on you and me being obedient to His call! Decide that you will obey the message God puts in your heart today! Don’t ignore His call for your life!
I’ve decided to tackle my greatest fear! With God’s help, I will conquer it because today I realized that since I’ve conquered the fear of death by allowing Jesus to control my life, then any other fear I still harbor is distracting to my ministry. You can do the same when you have God on your side! Don’t let the enemy paralyze you – no matter what your fear or concern is! As we learned in class, the most frequent command in the Bible is to not be afraid! But you won’t believe this until you read it for yourself! Please, please decide to read God’s Word for yourself!
I believe that God is calling all churches to step out boldly to make a difference for the people in our communities. God doesn’t want you just showing up at your local church each week, warming your pew and enjoying “ah ha” moments! No! He wants you to understand that you have a job to do in sharing what He has done for you! You have a story, you have a personal ministry, you have God-given gifts and you are empowered to be bold and courageous for Christ!
Likewise, if you are reading this message and you don’t go to a church, get yourself to a Bible-based church and learn what you need to do to serve God. You must be part of a group of believers! You can’t serve Jesus by yourself – you need the encouragement and support of others. I believe that the Holy Spirit is working in a huge way right now to: 1) offer salvation and 2) get us to share how God has transformed our lives so we can make a difference in the world. Be bold and be courageous about getting past your fears, so you can do God’s work now!
Thank you for the privilege of knowing Pastor Susan Grittman. I am asking You to please strengthen, protect and bless her as she moves to her next ministry assignment. Thank you for giving her the personal peace that only You can give as she starts on this new journey.
You have given her a new boldness and courage as she embarks on the next phase of her life in service to You. She has left a beautiful footprint in our hearts. Take care of her, Beloved God. Let her remember that her First Church family will always love her. I pray this in the powerful name of your son, Jesus Christ. Amen!
Love you Lord!
Sisters, please think about this message during the week and take action. Have a week full of Big God Hugs!
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