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Be Strong and Courageous

on April 16, 2010

Reading Joshua now. WOW, you know in just one chapter, God says 4 times to Joshua “Be strong and courageous”… duh, how is it I missed the message. This is the book where he’s finally allowing the Israelites to go into the promised land. Moses has died and Joshua is the new leader. So he’s instructing Joshua as to what he must do and he tells him…catch this…do not let the book of the law depart from your mouth, take it EVERYWHERE, don’t bend it, don’t twist and surely do not break it and you’ll be prosperous. Then he says MEDITATE on it day and night…and Joshua hun, no need to fear, don’t be discouraged because I’ll be with you everywhere you go.

If that’s not clear to you, if you can’t hear that messege and see the application for our own lives…pray and pray hard cause that’s the only thing that’ll help you. I mean WOW, I been kicked in the butt again. I love this. I don’t know about you, maybe some people don’t like correction, we all tend to be relectant to change, but dude, this is like total conviction. Conviction is like so beyond correction, so beyond change. This is from God himself, this like your transformation you know…conviction leads you to not only desire, but when acted upon, to become more like Christ and who doesn’t want that. I mean dude that’s what it’s all about right? And the special reminder, don’t be scared, don’t be discouraged because God is ALWAYS with us.

I told you before, I jsut in like the past 3 weeks got into actually picking up my bible and reading it verses just listening to podcast sermons everyday. I love when preachers are all like, don’t just listen to what I say, get in the Word, it’s alive and can do powerful things in your life, but you have to interact with it….OPEN THE BOOK. Funny in one of my bibles I have written in big, bright letters “keep open, it convicts”…unforetunately I closed it, but you know what it’s never too late….no wait, that’s not an excuse for you to put it off til tomorrow, open it today because like James says in James 4…13Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.” 14Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. 15Instead, you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.” 16As it is, you boast and brag. All such boasting is evil.17Anyone, then, who knows the good he ought to do and doesn’t do it, sins.

The day it’ll be too late is the day you don’t wake up and since we don’t know when that day will be, today’s a good day to start. So let’s review, conviction for today, BE STRONG AND COURAGEOUS…do this by meditating on the word, not like ummm, ummm meditation, but just keep it in your head, reguratate it aka throw it up, keep it on your lips, in your heart all day, all night think about it, then think about it some more, reflect on it and DO IT, actually do as it says. The reward, spiritual prosperity and th good Lord walking with you in everything you do. Trust me, it’ll be worth it.

So last night we discussed BEING INTENTIONAL, and today we hear BE STRONG AND COURAGEOUS. Go forth dear children of God and do the good you ought to do. Be blessed.

Jesus Christ our slaughtered lamb how worthy art thee. We come before you now with thanks and praise. May your holy name be lifted on high. Father God thank you for this day. Thank you Lord for your grace. Father each day a new sunrise and with it’s light new mercy for our souls, new energy for our spirits that we might go out and do powerful works in your name, not to gain salvation Lord, but to honor and glorify the God who saves, the God who saved us. We thank you for your patience Lord, we thank you that you wait that others may receive your grace, that those lost in the darkness may be brought to light by our witness. Such a huge responsibility and yet one with rewards uncomparible to anything this world can offer. Father may we accept your call, with humility to allow you to do your work through us and with great compassion that we may not grow faint of heart. Lord God you are so good to us and Father you never leave, fill us anew today and convict our tainted hearts, your says that the heart is deceitful, Father may we not listen to feelings, but may we act upon your very word which tells us how we ouught to be, what we ought to do, a path has beenn laid, it is narrow, but it is clear, may the Spirit guide our way as we walk it day by day. My sweet, sweet redeemer in your name I pray. Amen

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