I am a friend of Melissa and Joe, and they have graciously invited me to share some thoughts with you from time to time. This morning I felt the need for some encouragement so I turned to one of my favorite passages — Joshua 1:5-9. Here is the text from the New Living Translation:
“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. Be strong and courageous. … 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. 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. 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.” (Joshua 1:5-6 New Living Translation).
I have several faith projects in progress right now, and when the manifestation seems slow and discouragement tries to creep in, I often turn to this passage.
Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ is the living Word, so when I meditate on the Word, it is the same thing as having an intimate conversation with the Lord. He says to me, “Be strong and courageous, Anne. Don’t deviate from what I tell you in My Word, and you will be successful in everything you do.” Put your own name in this scripture and say it out loud. I find that doing this several times throughout the day is a wonderful way to build my spirit-man.
People in every nation are facing challenges and uncertainty in the world. However, those of us who are Christians are not “of” this world even though we live “in” it. We operate according to spiritual laws that are far stronger and more powerful than any natural, worldly laws. That is the reason that the Apostle Paul told us in 2 Corinthians 4:18 to “look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.”
God honors faith. It takes no faith to believe for something you can see. Faith is required precisely when we do not see something manifested in the natural.
God wants us to be victorious, and, through Jesus, He has made us all overcomers. Jesus died to give us victory over every attack of the enemy and over every spirit of failure and discouragement. So rise up with joy in your heart. The Lord smiles at you and extends His hand saying, “Be strong and very courageous. I am with you wherever you go!”