the death of Moses the servant of God, God spoke to Joshua, Moses' assistant:
my servant is dead. Get going. Cross this Jordan River, you and all the
people. Cross to the country I'm giving
to the People of Israel. I'm giving you
every square inch of the land you set your foot on--just as I promised
Moses. From the wilderness and this
Lebanon east to the Great River, the Euphrates River--all the Hittite
country--and then west to the Great Sea.
It's all yours. All your life, no
one will be able to hold out against you.
In the same way I was with Moses, I'll be with you. I won't give up on you; I won't leave
you. Strength! Courage!
You are going to lead this people to inherit the land that I promised to
give their ancestors. Give it everything
you have, heart and soul. Make sure you
carry out The Revelation that Moses commanded you, every bit of it. Don't get off track, either left or right, so
as to make sure you get to where you're going.
And don't for a minute let this Book of The Revelation be out of
mind. Ponder and meditate on it day and
night, making sure you practice everything written in it. Then you'll get where you're going; then
you'll succeed. Haven't I commanded
you? Strength! Courage!
Don't be timid; don't get discouraged.
God, your God, is with you every step you take."
THINK: "Is embracing these words in your life
hard or easy? At what times are you
scared? Why? When you are fearful, what can you do about
PRAY: "Be blatantly honest with God about your
fears, worries, concerns, and anxieties.
Tell him exactly why you are scared, and be assured that he hears you. Thank him for listening. Then reread the passage, personalizing the
words by making God's words to Joshua your very own."
LIVE: "When you find yourself in situations
that expose your fears, remember the promises of God--his presence and his
guidance for you into the future."
Many times over the
past three years, I have found myself worried, anxious, and afraid; those fears
and worries and anxieties have intensified a lot over the past year. I was made aware of this when I was in
Lynchburg for my counseling classes. But
one thing that I came to see while I was away was that, those worries and fears
and anxieties did not have to control my life.
I could have all the feelings I was having and still be obedient. I could have all those feelings, feel them
all fully, and still walk in faith that God was going to take care of me
because He said so. Being obedient
didn't make me feel less afraid. And
admitting I was afraid did not paralyze me.
I was telling a friend recently that I felt like I had not been walking
in faith over the course of this past year because I wasn't feeling brave. She flat-out rejected what I was saying. She said that, in fact, she had seen me
walking in faith, pressing into the Lord and to our church body. She informed me that what she was hearing was
a girl who wished her feelings lined up with her walk. She was absolutely right. But, wishing that my feelings lined up with
my faith did not negate that I had faith.
I came to see that I had believed a lie:
the lie that says "if you don't feel it, it can't be
Perhaps that is the
very reason that the words "fear not" or "be of good
courage" appear no less than 365 times in scripture. Far too often, I have let fear paralyze me
into inaction, to stifle my faith.
Realizing that I only wished I felt what I believed was an eye-opener
for me. I have the faith. I have taken several steps that have been
come from a place of faith without even realizing it because I have been so
scared. But, as a movie I once watched