"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 1:9 NLT
Thoughts for Today
We have all experienced fear and discouragement at times. In today's scripture, God is speaking to Joshua, telling him to be strong and courageous. "Do not be afraid or discouraged." How is this possible? Joshua was faced with the tremendous responsibility of leading the Israelites into the Promised Land, conquering the land and setting up residence. There would be times of defeat … great challenges … biting criticism … and immense frustration. And yet God told him not to fear or be discouraged … "because the Lord your God is with you wherever you go."
What a wonderful promise! As we submit to God, making Jesus Lord of our life, we too can be assured that he will be with us wherever we go. He will protect us, comfort us, defend us, teach us, guide us and love us unconditionally. No matter how bleak things might look, or what challenges or sorrows we face, we can know that our heavenly Father is with us—and that as we trust him and walk in obedience, he will work all things together for good. (Romans 8:28)
Consider this …
Are you feeling afraid or discouraged right now? Perhaps you don't feel as though God is with you. The good news is that feelings can lie—but God's promises are always true.
No matter what your circumstances, you can be strong and courageous—not on your own but because the Lord is with you.
Father, thank you that I can always count on you. Even though I don't always sense your presence, help me remember from your Word that you are always with me. Help me to focus on you, not on the circumstances. Help me to be strong and courageous. In Jesus' name …
These thoughts were drawn from …Stepping into Freedom: A Christ-Centered Twelve-Step Program by Jimmy Ray Lee, D.Min. This twelve-step program is suggested for use in support groups, recovery groups and home groups. It offers help for anyone struggling with a life-controlling problem like drug addiction, alcoholism, sexual addiction, gambling or workaholism. Note: This curriculum was written especially for small groups and we encourage people to use it that way. However, it can also be used effectively as a personal study for individuals or couples.
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