New Year (Rosh Hashanah)

Lord all I want to say
is Thank you for this wonderful day.
And for all that You do
a hearty thank you.
With a loud voice
in You I rejoice.

It is the beginning of a new year
make your way ever so clear.
With Your protection for my back
in You I will never lack.
With You at my side
I need not hide.

I will speak Your Word
loudly It will be heard.
I will go forth bold
wherever I am told.
It is a new way
that I walk today.
This is a new beginning
and I’m assured of winning.

Thanks be to God
all glory, honor, and laud.
He has set the course
there will be no remorse.
My God is in control.
It is Him we extol.
As He continues His grooming
we continue in blooming.


Prepared Way * Joshua 2

Joshua 2;NIV
The people in the land have heard of the great miracles that the God of Israel had done for His people. Their hearts melted in fear of God and the people of God. The people of the land were filled with fear because of the mighty act and miracles God had done for His people. Now God’s people were close and the people of the land were so afraid of God’s people that the Scriptures say several times that “the people’s hearts melted in fear because of you (God’s people). How is that for God preparing the way for His people. God’s people did not need to be afraid because God was showing them that He had everything under control. As long as they followed God, they had not one thing to fear.
This was very encouraging not only to Joshua, who was leading the people by God’s commands, but it was very encouraging for all God’s people as well. What a faith builder this must have been.


The Call *Joshua 1:10-18

Joshua 1:10-18;NIV
When the Lord finished giving Joshua a personal message (verses 1-9), Joshua immediately begins doing as the Lord said. Joshua spoke to the leaders and gave them the Lord’s assignment. These leaders were pleased to follow Joshua, because they knew God was leading them. They said they would do all that Joshua commanded and would keep unity in the camp. The leaders only had one requirement for Joshua, which was the exact words God spoke to him not once, not twice, but three times. Now the leaders are telling Joshua, “Only be strong and courageous!” There must have been an issue of fear, otherwise Joshua would not have been told 3 times by God and once by the leaders under him to be strong and courageous.
I looked up the definition of the words strong and courageous.
Strong – 1. emotionally resilient; having the necessary emotional qualities to deal with stress, grief, loss, risk, and other difficulties 2. exerting influence: influential or authoritative by virtue of having or holding power
Courageousquality of being brave; the ability to face danger, difficulty, uncertainty, or pain without being overcome by fear or being deflected from a chosen course of action
God never calls us to do something we cannot do. If He calls us to do the impossible, then He will go before us and make the way achievable. All we have to do is trust Him. If God is for us, who can be against us!
Lord, help us to be strong and courageous people and not give way to any form of fear. Increase our trust in You and help us to keep our focus on You and to follow Your commands. I pray the leaders that You raise up to lead Your people would also be strong and courageous, trusting You and follow Your Word. And that Your favor would go before them.