Fear Not Joshua 1:1-9
Joshua needed to know two things:
1. God was with him
2. God would never leave him nor forsake him
*Because God was with Joshua and would never leave him nor forsake him, Joshua was commanded not to fear nor be dismayed, but to be strong and courageous, and obey God’s law.
*there is no need for fear because God promised Joshua that He would be with him always everywhere he would go.
Note: Don’t forget that Joshua had just now entered in to a new land – The Promised Land. It was a totally new experience; unfamiliar territory with lots of enemies lurking about who were much, much stronger and larger than God’s people. And God put Joshua in charge of and leading a rebellious people. Not an easy task!!!
*So if God is telling Joshua not to fear nor be discouraged and to be strong & courageous than Joshua is going to come up against people and situations that would try to make him fearful, discouraged, make him feel like God was not with him. Because of the circumstance, Joshua would not feel strong nor courageous nor successful.
*When we have situations in our lives we need not fear nor be discouraged because God is with us. He promised us He would never leave us nor forsake us. We just need to believe Him when He promises us He will be with us leading, guiding, and protecting us all along the way.
*I use to think with God I would have no troubles, problems, but that’s not God’s promise. God promises to be with me always and He will go before me and see me safely through whatever the trouble, whatever the trial, whatever the situation. This builds my trust and faith in Him. This makes me realize I can, in fact, trust Him because He is doing what He promised me. I won’t like the situation, but God will get me through it. And in the long run, I am better off because of it.
*I will have troubles, but out of them all the Lord will deliver me from them. He watches over my bones.
17 The righteous cry out, and the LORD hears them;He delivers them from all their troubles.
18 The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. 19 The righteous person may have many troubles, but the LORD delivers him from them all; 20 he protects all his bones,
The Lord Himself goes before you and will be with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.”
Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart.
Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.”
*Lord, keep us from losing our focus on You. Strengthen and encourage us to stand firm in Your wonderful, glorious promises; that You are with us, protecting us, and that You are true to Your Word. And that You truly want what is best for us, because You love us and care deeply about each one of us. Help us to grow into a deeper knowledge of who You are and may we grow in our relationship with You; fully trusting You with no doubts nor reservations; being fully committed to You. In Jesus Name. Amen
Don’t jump to conclusions. Talk out the problem with the ones who you think are causing trouble. Listen to what they have to say. Things are not always what they appear to be.
Lord, keep us from jumping to conclusions. If something or someone seems to be causing trouble or creating a disturbance, help us to find out what the situation really is about. Keep us from being judgmental. Help us to see people as You see them. Help us to love as You love. In Jesus Name. Amen.
Doing what the Lord God requires of you will bring rest and peace to your soul. But don’t forget or become lax in Him. For today – this day, we are to remember: Never forget what the Lord God has done for us; how He has provided, protected, healed and blessed us individually and corporately.
5 But be very careful to keep the commandment and the law that Moses the servant of the LORD gave you: to love the LORD your God, to walk in obedience to Him, to keep His commands, to hold fast to Him and to serve Him with all your heart and with all your soul.”
It is all about HIM. It is all about the God of Israel – the only true God – God Almighty.
This reminder should be ever present in our minds and influence us to keep our eyes, minds, and hearts on Him who is Most High – the King above kings, Lord above lords – Yeshua HaMashiach; Jesus Messiah.
Following Jesus and doing what he commands brings forth peace and blessings.
44 The LORD gave them rest on every side, just as he had sworn to their ancestors. Not one of their enemies withstood them; the LORD gave all their enemies into their hands. 45 Not one of all the LORD’s good promises to Israel failed; every one was fulfilled.
We, too, can take God at His Word, for His promises never change and never end. He is true to His Word.
Thank you God for Your faithfulness to Your Word. We can always find hope, help, mercy, and grace in You. Thank you for Your Word and all the wonderful promises You have given to us. Lord, help us to keep our promises like You have kept Yours. Your promises never fail. Your Word will always prevail. Your promises are never ending; unchangeable, and never bending. They always hold true because they come from You. In them help us rest, we, Your people, are so blessed. In Jesus Name. Amen.
Lord, it is You we hail
Your promises never fail
Your Word will always prevail
Because it comes from You
It will always hold true
You’re faithful in all You do
God takes care and provides for the innocent. He not only watches over them, but makes sure they have protection from those who seek to do them harm. God is good and just. In Him we can trust.
Thank You God that You provide for those who need Your help. You are a gracious, merciful, kind God. In Jesus Name. Amen.
Even though the enemy is powerful, larger in quantity, larger in height and stature, had better weapons and chariots they were defeated because God – the only true God – was with the Israelites. God went before His people ensuring the victory.
We, who are God’s children, will gain victory over adverse situations and events if we follow His leading. God is a gracious God, who wants His people to succeed successfully. As Scripture says, in the New Testament, Jesus came to seek and save the lost. Just call on His Name and you will be saved – not might be saved, not probably will be saved, but He will save your life. Yes, our God is gracious, kind, loving, and always victorious.
Lord, God of Israel help us to keep our eyes on You as you lead us through the storms and hardships in life. Go before us and clear our way, so that we can stand victorious giving You all the honor, glory, and fame due Your Name.
God is concerned about community. If one man (human) out of the whole community does what is right – follows God wholeheartedly then only he will be blessed by God.
God keeps His promises. It might take time, but it will come true whether we believe it or not. It took 45 years for Caleb to receive God’s promise. He was 40 years old when the promise came, and now he’s 85 years old. You might think – Ahhh!!! But look at what Caleb says 9 So on that day Moses swore to me, ‘The land on which your feet have walked will be your inheritance and that of your children forever, because you have followed the LORD my God wholeheartedly.’
10 “Now then, just as the LORD promised, He has kept me alive for forty-five years since the time He said this to Moses, while Israel moved about in the wilderness. So here I am today, eighty-five years old! 11 I am still as strong today as the day Moses sent me out; I’m just as vigorous to go out to battle now as I was then.” Caleb is more than alive and doing well. He is strong and vigorous, full of energy – just the same as when he was when he was in his younger days. He is ready and able and wants to do what would seem impossible. He has the right frame of mind. He knows he can attain the goal, because God is with him, helping him, and God keeps His promises. And so it was.
So, no matter your age, God will keep His promises. He will give us physically what we need to accomplish our goal with success. We only need to trust Him and take Him at His Word. Age does not matter. It is faith that counts.
Thank You God for Your faithfulness in keeping all of Your promises. Grow us up in our faith in You, so that we can trust You no matter what “things” look like. Draw us to You our King. Help us by strengthening us to walk by faith and not by sight. Be blessed, glorified, and honored in our lives. Hallelujah! Praise Your Holy Name.
Before Joshua began leading God’s people the Lord spoke to him saying, “Be strong and courageous. Do not become terrified. Do not become dismayed for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” God commanded this right at the beginning when Joshua began his leadership position. Joshua spoke to his subordinates and they were happy to support him as God’s leader; the commander of God’s people. They were unified in saying they would do all Joshua commanded, but added one more thing; telling him – “be strong and courageous.”
Now the table has turned and Joshua is now telling the leaders of the Lord’s army “Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Be strong and courageous…” (vs. 25)
God met the needs of Joshua. Joshua was now bold, strong, courageous, and would not give into fear, discouragement or defeat. He experienced the blessings and miracles of God and knew God would keep His promises, so he truly had nothing to fear or worry about. Now Joshua was encouraging the leaders under him to trust God completely.
When we have an issue and God helps us overcome in that area, we in turn can share our experiences with others and encourage them that they too can be successful if they put their trust in the Lord God.
Lord, thank you that we can call upon Your holy Name any time and You hear our voice. Open our eyes to see the blessings and miracles You pour out daily in our lives. “Open our eyes that we may see the wonderful things in Your Word” (Ps. 119:18) All glory and honor are Yours forever and ever. Amen.
Be careful. Be aware. Lies and deception lurk at every corner; around every bend. What looks and sounds truthful can be a pack of lies through the mouth of someone you really do not know. The problem here was that the deceivers looked and sounded authentic. There is only one way – yes, one way to know for sure whether someone is telling truth or lies, and that is to go before the Lord God and ask Him to reveal to you whether or not what is said or done is truth. God will let you know. God is for us and not against us. If we ask Him He will let us know. He wants us to do what’s right and to walk in His truth. Even the wisest of people can be deceived. Satan is the Master Deceiver. As Scripture says, “Satan goes to and fro throughout the earth looking for someone to devour.” But we need not worry or fear. “The battle is Mine,” says the Lord. Truth will always eventually be found out, because truth prevails over darkness.
Three days later Joshua found out the men they made an agreement with lied and deceived them. It was too late. The oath that the leaders had made with the deceivers was sworn by the Name of the Lord, God of Israel. This oath could not be broken. However, the deceivers and their whole community were put under a curse. They were no longer free. They became wood cutters and water carriers for Israel. The deceivers were still in fear of Israel, so they agreed to the terms.
Every sin has a consequence. Lesson learned: Pray first about a situation before making a decision. Matthew 7:7 “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.
When sin is dealt with, it sets the people free to be in right standing with the Lord God. No longer in defeat because of sin, Joshua was now able to continue the pursuit. A very important lesson was learned (in Joshua 7) that when God speaks He means what He says and there are grave consequences for defying Him, which effects the whole community.
Because the sin was dealt with, Israel was now in position for victory. The Lord God gave them the strategy against their enemy. They followed the directive and victory was their gain.
Lord God of Israel, Your way is good, right and just – the only way to gain success and victory. Help us to obey Your Word, follow You closely, and do exactly what is required. Make us strong against temptation to sin. May the words of our mouth and meditation of our hearts find favor before You, O Lord, our Rock and Redeemer, Saviour, and King. King above all kings and Lord above all lords. The Name above all other names – Yeshua; Jesus Messiah.