He had to be strong and courageous as he followed odd instructions to walk around a huge fortressed city for seven days, while its people jeered and mocked. One of my favorites is lionhearted … personally for me it would be. She’s 100% whole and able to breath freely for the first time in years. Thank you, Anne! Joshua 1:1 After the death of Moses, the servant of the Lord, it came to pass that the Lord spoke to Joshua the son of Nun, Moses’ assistant, saying: 2 “Moses My servant is dead. Have I not commanded you? – Joshua 1:9. The phrase “Be strong and courageous” is repeated four times in this chapter. No pain and suffering except the last two days and then it was minimal. I am strong and courageous. Be strong and courageous. Only may the Lord your God be with you as he was with Moses. They camped at Gilgal on the eastern shore of the river and Joshua took 12 stones from the river and built an altar to remind them that God had dried up the Jordan until all the people had crossed. 31 we read a repeated statement to Joshua, “BE STRONG AND COURAGEOUS.” This statement is also repeated in Joshua 1 in various ways five times. “Joshua was to remain firm and strong, ie: well assured, courageous, not alarmed. When we read about Joshua and all of the amazing things he accomplished, we might be tempted to think that he had so much strength and courage that he never feared anything. I will not fear, for God is with me. Here are the Joshua verses: Verse 6: “Be strong and courageous, for you will distribute the land I swore to their father to give them as an inheritance.” Verse 7 puts it a bit more strongly, “Above all, be strong and very courageous to carefully observe the whole instruction My servant Moses commanded you. I even said to my brother, “I wonder if we weren’t all here together if mom would just go be with Jesus?”. Whoever rebels against your word and does not obey your words, whatever you may command them, will be put to death. Joshua 1:9 is a great verse, but it’s a verse that I never gave much thought to until I was getting ready to leave for Army Basic Training in the Fall of 2009. I am so sorry she is gone (but only temporarily). She had always hoped for that day. He had to be strong and courageous as he followed odd instructions to walk around a huge fortressed city for seven days, while its people jeered and mocked. At first, I was fearful and apprehensive. for the LORD your GOD will be I was so shocked! And my Dad has COPD. 7 To have the courage needed to do God’s will, we must study and apply his Word. As God’s presence was with Moses and Joshua, his presence is always with us no matter where we go or what we do. In Joshua 1, we read of the transition of leadership to Joshua … After Moses’ death, Jehovah directed that Joshua lead the nation of Israel. God is with me wherever I go. It was beautiful. Subscribe to receive notifications of our new posts via email ... . Joshua fought the battle of Jericho, and the walls came tumblin’ down! Joshua 1:1-9. Are you meditating on it day and night? God bless you and your family so much. Thank you Cathy! Do not be afraid, be courageous. Many of my journal entries end with me repeating the main focus a few times. Moses sent representatives from each of the twelve tribes of Israel to spy out the land of Canaan. . Are you like Joshua? How well are you obeying God’s Word? I so identified with the way the Lord answered your prayers and how gracious He was in the midst of your loss. In 2018, my word was renew, in 2019; genuine, (being totally honest with myself) and my word for the year in 2020 has been brave. Make this confession. Mom was having what we called ‘an alert moment,’ so I bent down, and said, “Mom, isn’t God so good! He was strong, courageous, lived a life of faithfulness to the Lord, and became one of Israel’s most prosperous and successful leaders! Joshua is a fantastic example of a strong and courageous leader, so to learn more about his life, we’re going to walk through the book of Joshua in four parts – we’ll be releasing one part each Monday, so you can follow along with us. Joshua is a man who was strong and courageous and much can be learned from his life as we learn to live with bravery and strength in the face of difficult circumstances. He was to rely firmly on the Lord and his promise… he was to strive to attain and preserve this firmness by a careful observance of the Law… an uninterrupted study and laying to heart of the commandments of God,… to read every day in the law (Deut 17:19). ♦ “Then they answered Joshua, “Whatever you have commanded us we will do, and wherever you send us we will go. What is the relationship between fear and faith? Since Joshua was so overcome by fear, God knew that he would need continuous encouragement to face his fears and lead the Israelites into the Promised Land. No enemy can stand before me, for God is fighting for me. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. But God doesn’t define “strength” and “courage” the way you might think. Be strong and courageous” (Joshua 1:2, 5-6a, NRSV). This phrase became the mantra of Joshua’s life and it gave him the strength and courage to move forward. God did not give the people of Israel a land that was there for the taking. So sorry about your loss. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your GOD will be with you wherever you go. God bless you and your family.. Rest in peace to your Mama. Joshua 1:18 “Only be strong, vigorous, and of good courage.” Joshua 10:25 – “Joshua said to them, Fear not nor be dismayed; be strong and of good courage. This page is to keep family and friends up to date on how our Joshua is doing! Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go. The following Saturday, she was too exhausted to even get out of bed. About being strong and courageous, the name of the sermon this morning is called we must be strong and courageous. But that is simply not true. Be strong and courageous; do not be terrified nor frightened, for your God YHWH [is] with you in every [place] to where you go.” NET Bible I repeat, be strong and brave! “Be strong and courageous.” What does that mean? The Lord always gives us exactly what we need to get through the transitions of our life. Moses had commissioned Joshua as his successor and given him God’s command to go into the land, be strong and courageous, and take the land for Israel. Maybe you are worried about the future of your marriage? And like Joshua, they can “be courageous and strong” by regularly reading and meditating on God’s Word, the Bible, and then acting in harmony with its direction. . On Saturday, November 7th, my mom had a bad fall in the bathroom, which resulted in an ambulance ride to the hospital. So, Joshua fought the battle of Jericho, Jericho, Jericho. I was also afraid of what my family and friends would think if I became a pastor. He was strong, courageous, lived a life of faithfulness to the Lord, and became one of Israel’s most prosperous and successful leaders! Do not tremble or be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go. They further encourage Joshua to be strong and courageous for the task at hand. I love how God encouraged you during this tough season. There was no way we were letting Mom go back to the hospital where no one could be with her. The entire time she was in the hospital, I asked God not to take her home to heaven from there but to please let her come home. Would he be able to live up to the mentor? We went to church.”. Susan, I lost my father-in-law in January this year. Be brave and trust him, be brave and trust him. Verse 18 the people say to Joshua – Only be strong and of good courage. The Bible talks about Joshua, who is an interesting character to study. Then God commanded Joshua to be strong and courageous. God promised them the land and said that He would lead them through Joshua, but they had hard and dangerous work to do to conquer the land. What has he been continually encouraging you to do? Be strong, vigorous, and very courageous. He gave them a land to conquer. Just as it did for Joshua, God’s Word gives us strength and courage to overcome our fears. On April 27th, God dropped Joshua 1:9 into my heart. For the Lord your God will personally go ahead of you. I walk according to the Word of God. We don’t even know anything about his role in the Exodus from Egypt. What fears are you struggling with? Joshua would need to be strong and courageous as he led the Israelites to the land God had promised their ancestors years before. God’s promise of his presence in verse 11 is very interesting. Joshua 1:9 tells us, “Be strong and courageous. Thanks for sharing, Thank you Yvonne! In other words, instead of being weak and wishy-washy, God was calling Joshua to be strong and steadfast. Thank you for sharing. God did. Would he be able to finish the mission that Moses started and lead the people into the Promised Land? I’m so thankful God is carrying me during this time. Yes, let’s be strong in the Lord and in His compassionate grace and wisdom all the way through the passage of dying and eternal life. ?” To which she replied, “uhuh”. Only be strong and very courageous, being careful to do according to all the law that Moses my servant commanded you.” Then look at verse 9. Just as we fully obeyed Moses, so we will obey you. I also love the image of the kitten looking in the mirror at a lioness. For you will be successful if you carefully obey the decrees and regulations that the Lord gave to Israel through Moses. I said to my sister, “How? With great strength and courage, Joshua was confirmed and commissioned to be Israel’s next leader. I had something very similar happen to me a number of years ago. The last time I wrote here was Saturday, December 5th, at 8:20 am. Be strong and courageous. Download PDF. Joshua 1:1-9. However, he took hold of God’s word and did not shrink back in fear! Therefore, be strong and very courageous!" And when we obey God’s word, we do what he wants us to do. Joshua was going to war and God called him to be strong and courageous. God bless you! Do not be afraid and do not panic before them. CONCLUSION: We might think that we are far removed from being a leader like Joshua, but … Context of Joshua 1:9. He was following in the footsteps of Israel’s greatest leader. 1.) After the death of Moses, Joshua made preparations to cross the Jordan River and take possession of the Promised Land. April 19, 2020. I know when oxygen levels are low, confusion can take place. 6–7, 9). Listen to the courage God is trying to give us have the faith to follow him. Maybe you are concerned about the condition of a relationship with another family member? I feel your heart as you share your tender moments and precious memories of her. , I am so sorry for your loss. But at the same time I rejoice in the beautiful way God took her. Joshua 1 . . It is hard to comment on this, Susan. East Franklin – 9:00 a.m. J oshua was a servant of the Lord whose life was characterized by great spiritual courage. Be strong and of good courage. - Joshua 1:9 . Are you following it right down the middle? Joshua would need to be strong and courageous as he led the Israelites to the land God had promised their ancestors years before. That is very encouraging to me. He was such a faithful servant that Moses chose Joshua to succeed him as leader of Israel. In Susan's heart, breathtaking Big Sky Montana will always be home on earth. Wow. So we called the doctor who suggested Mom return to the hospital. God calls us to be strong, bold and courageous . Losing a mom is too painful. I wish all death could be with this peace and love. What is the distinction between weakness and strength in Joshua's situation? I told her, “No, Mom. Joshua is a man who was strong and courageous and much can be learned from his life as we learn to live with bravery and strength in the face of difficult circumstances. Conclusion. I started wearing masks as well as gloves to every place I cleaned whether anyone was there or not. Praise God for giving you the strength. God wants us to "be strong and very courageous" (1:6-8) in spite of our trepidations and fears. The third way that God gives people strength and courage is through his presence. Change always produces fear! Jesus came and ushered her home in the early morning hours of Sunday morning. Many friends from church, including the pastor and his wife, were able to come see her and talk with her before she slipped into her incoherent days. The words “the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go” sound very much like Jesus’ promise to his disciples right before he ascended to heaven, “And I will be with you to the very end of the age.”. Having done everything in my power to not bring it into the house, there I was having to face this demon. Be strong and courageous. We are living in challenging times that have disrupted our routines, regular places of gathering, and fellowship. “So be strong and courageous! As you said, even though you knew this day would come, you were not ready. Be strong and courageous, for you shall cause this people to inherit the land that I swore to their fathers to give them. Joshua 1 picks up where Deuteronomy 34 left off, so in that since Joshua is a sequel. Thank you for your continued prayers. However, her levels were not that low. Are you ready to receive Jesus as your personal Lord and Savior? My sermon notes for Sunday, April 19: In the Book of Joshua we see an example of a man who has just been given the responsibility to lead God’s people through a transitional time in their nation’s history. . God tells Joshua three times to “be strong and courageous” (Joshua 1:1-8), and Joshua boldly leads Israel against their enemies. None of us are getting any younger! What changes and transitions are you facing today? When we don’t know what is going to happen or how things are going to work out, it naturally causes fear to stir in our hearts. Joshua: Strong and Courageous. Joshua’s men marched for seven days with the Ark of the Covenant and on the seventh day, they blew their trumpets and the walls came down. I am strong and courageous. WORDS OF GOD IN RED. Then he blesses us with success and prosperity. Church Preaching Slide: Be Strong and Courageous. My servant, Moses commanded you do not turn from it to the right or to the left so that you will have success wherever you go. ?” To which she replied, “Church. The nurses truly are pulled thin there, so no one was available to hold the phone for her. . Add to cart Choose your translation "Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go." Trust Him. Now the baton of leadership had been passed to Joshua, and so many unanswered questions left him terrified! JOSHUA 1:9 “ Be strong and courageous ” NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION (NIV) & KING JAMES VERSION (KJV) TRANSLATION, MEANING, CONTEXT. Joshua 1:1-9. . I can well imagine how excited Moses must have been as he watched the tens of thousands of Jewish men, women, and children make their way out of Egypt, out of slavery, out of bondage, in what we know and refer to as the Exodus. It is important to look at both the context of the surrounding passage as well as the greater context of scripture in general. God’s charge to be strong and courageous was accompanied by His promise that He would always be with Joshua … She spent several hours there while they conducted many tests and then I was able to take her home. Learn how to walk out your calling and live in God’s promises in today’s devotional. Whatever God has planned for me in 2020, He wants me to face it head on. As I sat on the end of my bed and prayed, I asked God if He would give me one more ‘alert moment’ with my Mom. Exactly one week from the time she came home, I began seeing signs of decline. The word courage, as it’s used here in the Bible, means “resolute” (Howard, 1998). When we know God’s Word, we know what he wants us to do. Be strong. Be courageous. Context of Joshua 1:9. Perhaps you are moving to a new position or changing jobs altogether? I’m extremely thankful she knew the Lord and I will see her again. Joshua was selected as the representative from the tribe of Ephraim. Instead, his seemingly superhuman courage was founded upon the supernatural—an unwavering faith in the Lord God Almighty. Just be strong and courageous. I know I’m going to grieve the loss of my mom until Jesus takes me home. Our moms are in heaven together. As I said, Joshua was filled with fear as he encountered the biggest transition of his life. God calls us to a war as well, but we do not fight against flesh and blood. He was there when Moses parted the Red Sea! And I love you.”. She loves chocolate, reading, photography, writing, and talking with God. You have done such a great job honoring her in this post, sharing your story, and pointing us to Jesus. Learn how your comment data is processed. My heart goes out to you. Only be strong and very courageous, being careful to do according to all the law that Moses my servant commanded you.” Then look at verse 9. As long as he followed God’s word, he would be successful no matter what he did. The choice – the hospital or hospice. In Joshua 1, we read of the transition of leadership to Joshua after Moses died. God gives us strength and courage through his Word (7-8). We see him as strong and victorious but God let us see that He was constantly reminding Joshua to be strong and courageous. Hi, Susan! He witnessed Moses perform miracles in Egypt! When we hear the same message from God again and again from a number of sources we should take note! When Moses died, God gave Joshua the special task of leading Israel into the Promised Land! , So sorry for your loss. I was afraid that I wasn’t smart enough or had the right abilities to be a pastor. Encouragement to live with Grit and Grace as God's Beloved Daughters, Have I not commanded you? What animal would I want to be? His Word gives us wisdom and guidance to make good decisions. She could no longer hold a crayon. Maybe you are experiencing physical problems that you have never experienced before and you are afraid that you won’t be able to do the things you used to do? We always knew this day would come, but still I was not prepared. To act with courage and have success, Joshua needed to do what? Are you facing any changes or transitions in your life today? (Side Note: Out of respect for others, I still wear masks in public.). . Later, Joshua emerged in the battle against the Amalekites at Rephidim. God gives us strength and courage through his Word! My heart is encouraged by your testimony! God’s Word gave Joshua the strength and courage he needed to lead the people into the Promised Land. At the end of each year, I ask God what he wants to do in my life in the upcoming year. Notice the phrase “Be strong and courageous!” This phrase had already been introduced back in Deuteronomy 31. With Jesus as our courageous leader, we ought never be fearful to confront the world. Be Strong and Courageous! The three promises of God’s presence in Joshua 1 are also recapitulations of Deuteronomy 31, showing that God repeated various forms of the phrase many times. . ❤. If he kept the Book of the Law on his mind and in his mouth at all the time, he would be prosperous and successful. We, too, hear this message in the New Testament: Be alert, stand firm in the faith, be courageous, be strong. It was spoken by Moses twice and God once, and now it is repeated by God three times in this chapter. After saving the draft, and before leaving for work, I went to the living room. Mom’s memorial was priceless. We are so blessed to have Jesus. I never got that with dad but I know he is at peace. Most of us had a special moment with mom that night. Joshua 1:9 NIV ❤ (Read Full Chapter). This assurance of God’s presence greatly increased Joshua’s strength and courage. The first half of the Book of Joshua tells the story of Israel’s conquest of the Promised Land; the second half of the books tells the story of the dividing of the land between the twelve tribes of Israel. Caleb began to read those words each night—and he left that promise from God on his footboard until he went away to college. Discussion Questions. Apart from God’s command, marching around the city of Jericho was the most ridiculous military maneuver in the history of warfare. Thank you Dawn! As God continued to encourage me privately in my prayers, he used about eight different people over a period of a couple of months to encourage me toward vocational ministry. Maybe you are facing a change at work? Faith leads to victory . In the beginning of Joshua chapter 1 God is encouraging Joshua by telling him God will be wit… I’m so thankful for God’s love and that he is carrying me during my time of grieving. For forty years he was Moses' assistant. Twice God says he will always be with Joshua and three times he tells Joshua to be strong and courageous. Make this confession. Susan, it was so nice to talk to you yesterday! Joshua records how God was true to his word in helping Israel take possession of the promised land. Joshua Chapter One verses six to ten be strong and courageous for you will distribute the land I swore to their fathers to give them as an inheritance above all be strong and very courageous. Joshua was the son of Nun of the tribe of Ephraim, was born a Hebrew slave in Egypt, and he became Moses’ aide when he was a young man. Do not be afraid; . - Joshua 1:9. What does it mean to "be strong and very courageous"? It is like a simple mathematics equation: Knowledge of God’s Word + Obedience to God’s Word = Prosperity and Success. I will show you that I have not forgotten you. As the Lord had done for Moses at the Red Sea, he miraculously stopped the waters and Joshua led the people across the river on dry ground. Meditating on God's Word helps us grow as disciples in faith and courage (1:7-8). Afterward, when the Lord put Joshua in charge, he told him three times to be strong and courageous. God told Joshua to “be strong and courageous” 4 times in just as many verses as He prepared Joshua to lead the Israelites into the promised land. Her life is richly blessed with family, hiking and camping in her beautiful mountains, reading, writing, and spending time with God in His Word. Don't be afraid and don't panic, for I, the LORD your God, am with you in all you do." One danger of grabbing a hold of a particular verse of scripture is taking it out of context and thereby distorting its meaning. May the Lord bless you with continued peace as He carries you. Joshua 1:9: I hereby command you: Be strong and courageous; do not be frightened or dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.” NRSV. Be strong and courageous [God says to Joshua], for you shall cause this people to inherit the land that I swore to their fathers to give them. The next morning, I called the doctor and shared what was happening. Moses had… Thank you so much! Well, if you do, look with me at Joshua 1! We were the best of friends. He’s always been faithful to let me know. God, You are with me wherever I go. This required not only physical strength and courage, but mental and spiritual, as well. His early days as a spy prepared him for his future role as Israel’s military general. … From Moses to Joshua Deut. I am not sure that there are words just right to add to your beautiful telling of your mom’s passing. I am so sorry for your loss. I lost my mom, too, after a long hospice experience. The key command given to Joshua is “be strong and courageous.” While we have a very different mission, this passage shows how we can apply the same principles of Joshua’s encounter with God to our own experience with following Jesus. At the beginning of this year, I wrote these words in my journal: Little did I know (along with many others) what I’d have to endure in 2020. How is he doing it? She then slipped back into sleep. There is no doubt in my mind that she was there with us, enjoying her family whom she loved so much. Be strong and courageous. It’s all still very surreal to me. While Moses held his staff above his head and Aaron and Hur supported Moses’ arms on top of the hill, Joshua became the general of the Israelite army and led them to victory in the valley. And like Joshua, they can “be courageous and strong” by regularly reading and meditating on God’s Word, the Bible, and then acting in harmony with its direction. Only be strong and courageous!” vs. 16 … His Word sustains us in times of doubt and despair. I wouldn’t be surprised if at that very moment, both God and Mom placed the mantel in my hand as I lifted it up. In verses 7-8 God tells Joshua to be careful to obey the law that Moses gave to Israel. Joshua’s first job was as a spy. Joshua obeyed God’s Word throughout his whole life, and God blessed everything he did. The Sunday morning God took Mom, I had woke up between 3 and 3:30. Do not be terrified: do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” So if you were to break this Scripture down into bite-size pieces and meditate on each line, you will become stronger and stronger in your faith. Joshua #2. He was there when Moses delivered the Ten Commandments from Mount Sinai. But through God’s constant encouragement, God’s Word, and God’s presence, Joshua became one of the strongest and most courageous leaders not only in the history of Israel, but in the history of the world! Mom was an awesome prayer warrior! Centuries later, when King David charged his son Solomon with building the Temple for the Lord, he said something similar. with you wherever you go. The military moved Donna's family to FL 26 years ago & they never left. I am keeping you covered in prayer sweet friend, you are more brave and stronger than you realize. Use this colorful set of backgrounds during a talk about Joshua or about the confidence and strength we have in God.. Through other people in your life? 1 Corinthians 16:13 CSB. WORDS OF GOD IN RED. Joshua was a man of great courage. . Have I not commanded you? Towards the end of praying, and with great sadness in my heart, I lifted my hand toward Heaven and said, “God, I will take the mantle of prayer from Mom and go forward with it.“. Be strong and courageous. Think of it as a launching pad to help you facilitate discussion. Joshua 1:6-9 New King James Version (NKJV) Isn’t it strange that God told Joshua to be strong and courageous 4 times in just as many verses? The key command given to Joshua is “be strong and courageous.” While we have a very different mission, this passage shows how we can apply the same principles of Joshua’s encounter with God to our own experience with following Jesus. Six days went by since I started this post. I’ve always loved Joshua 3:5, “Purify (consecrate) yourselves, for tomorrow the LORD will do great wonders among you.” I want the courage that was displayed in the life of Joshua. It seems pretty safe to me to take the words in verse 9 at face value because it is a good summary of what God is telling Joshua in that larger passage. Are you ready to receive Jesus as your personal Lord and Savior? As you face your greatest challenge or your strongest enemy, remember, God is with you. So, whether your fears have to do with your family, finances, or some sort of failure, know that God is with you. Losing a mom leaves a hole in the heart, doesn’t it? do not be discouraged, He watched as Moses dealt with over two million Israelites. Joshua is one of the few people in the Bible who didn’t have any major moral weaknesses or character flaws. Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. 2 talking about this. I can go to work with peace knowing she is here to take good care of you while I go to work. Do not be terrified: do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” So if you were to break this Scripture down into bite-size pieces and meditate on each line, you will become stronger and stronger in your faith. Be strong and courageous. Remaining Strong in the Hard Times … At the end of each year, I ask God what he wants to do in my life in the upcoming year. What a powerful story. Even though he had already been appointed as Moses’ successor, he probably thought that day would never come. I’m getting ready to put you in bed.” Her oxygen level was not low, so I knew her confused question didn’t make sense. 3.) Brenda Hicks. Having or showing the mental strength to face danger, fear or difficulty: having or showing courage. God gave Joshua strength and courage to lead his people and fight their enemies. We must be strong and courageous when we're looking at Joshua Chapter one verses one to ten for the most part, strength and courage are not something a person is born with strength and courage and developed over a course of time. Be strong and courageous to have complete dependence on the written word of God. And all her family sat and listened as the pastor told stories of mom’s faithfulness to pray for all of us. Susan that was beautiful.. (Joshua 1:1, 2) At that time, the Israelites were poised to enter the Promised Land, the land of Canaan.
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