God the Encourager

God the Encourager

Joshua 1:9
Have I not 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.


Thought:
When we allow ourselves to trust God, we are limitless.


God loves to encourage people. After all, He did make all of us in His image as Moses wrote in Genesis 1:27. Through the first nine verses in chapter one of Joshua, God encourages Joshua four separate times in five different verses (3, 5, 6, 7, and 9).

God’s Word can be trusted. Many times in our own lives, we need more than one confirmation. Joshua, one of the greatest leaders in the Bible, was the same way. God even told Joshua in verse three, “Every place that the sole of your foot shall tread upon, that have I given unto you…”

God also gave Joshua a promise. In verse five God says, “I will be with thee: I will not fail thee nor forsake thee.” The exact second after an individual believes in Jesus Christ, God will never fail him nor will He forsake him. God will always be on your side! In order for this to happen, people need to start believing to see. “See what?”, you might ask. See God working in your life. God provides, protects, guides, and loves His people. Who doesn’t want that?

On top of God’s Word and His promises, let’s notice God’s command. God commands Joshua as well as the whole world to, “Be strong and of a good courage.” God makes Himself very clear in verses six, seven, and nine by restating that phrase. How many times does God have to tell us the same thing? When God says something once, it is important. When God tells you something two or three times, or even more, it is VITAL.

2020 has been a rough year for everyone. No one expected this year to be quite like this. Joshua did not expect this moment in his life to be rough, confusing, or dysfunctional either. God knows what to tell us when we need encouragement the most.

Joshua finally allowed himself to trust God. Joshua went on to conquer one-tenth of the Promised Land. When we do not trust God, the blessings are held back from us. What blessings are we missing out on because we choose not to trust God?

I do not mean limitless as nothing bad will happen to you. I mean limitless with what God can use you for. God can use anyone as long as the individual is willing to surrender his or her life. If you want to be limitless in your life, trust God. It is as simple as that.

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