Preach it

So reading tonight…woo hoo I read!

I turned to Joshua cause I love that story and in Joshua 1:6-9.  Basically God is talking to Joshua right after Moses died.  It says…

Be strong and courageous, for you will lead my people to posses all the land I swore to give their ancestors.  Be strong and very courageous.  Obey all the laws Moses gave you.  Do not turn away from them, and you will be successful in everything you do.  Study this Book of the Law continually.  Meditate on it day and night so you may be sure to obey all that is written in it.  Only then will you succeed.  I command you – be strong and courageous!  Do not be afraid or discouraged.  For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.  

Man I love this.  First off God is a good God.  He only wants the best for us.  “Every good and perfect gift is from Him”…”The their (devil) comes to steal, kill, and destroy”…God doesn’t send anything imperfect our way.

If something bad happens it’s either the devil or actually very often our own faults.  If I were to run across a highway and got hit by a speeding car and died…that was not God.  That was not the devil that killed me either…it was my own un-wise selfs fault.

Next, back in the “day” aka Bible days, pre Jesus, the people had to obey the ten commandments (the law).  We today just have to love and live for Jesus because He has forgiven us from all this and if we truly love and live for Him then we will eventually automatically obey the laws without even trying.  As we study the “Book of the Law” (the Bible) we will be filled with it and we will just start to live right.  It’s not something we can try to do on our own.  We cannot be perfect out of our own strength, but when we are so full of God and His Word we get transformed from our heart out to our bodies that like to do what they want.

Basically this awesome verse is saying, get in the Word, read it, speak it (meditate it), soak it in and then we will be successful in everything we do.  Yes God was talking to Joshua, but God doesn’t have favorites, so what goes for Joshua goes for us too.

We will be successful in everything we do.  That business I am about to start…success.  This child rearing I’m putting my hand to…success.  That financial stability I’m trying to attain…success.  This church I am helping get off the ground…Success!!

I love at the end it says to “not be afraid or discouraged”…it is so easy to get discouraged.  What’s the point?  No one is coming, no one cares, no one is helping…it’s so easy, but right here God says to not be discouraged because God is with us everywhere we go, wether it’s where He wants us or not, He’s there.  And whatever we do we will succeed if we are keeping His Word (Bible) in our hearts…yay!

“Whatever I set my hand to will prosper!”  Keep in me.  I can’t survive or succeed in this life without it.

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