Be Strong and Courageous: My Source of Strength

Joshua 1:5-6
“No man shall be able to stand before you all the days of your life; as I was with Moses, so I will be with you. I will not leave you nor forsake you. 6 Be strong and of good courage, for to this people you shall [a]divide as an inheritance the land which I swore to their fathers to give them.”
God assured Joshua that he would be with him as he was with Moses and no man would be able to stand before him because if he stuck with God, God would have his back each time every time.
What a reassurance!
Think about that, what would you do if you had the assurance that God was with you all the way? Would the size of the obstacle before you make you shake in your boots? I don’t think so.
But is that not the assurance that God gave us already?
John 14:16 “And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another [a]Helper, that He may abide with you forever.”
The reason we lose courage and become afraid is because we start relying on our own strength. Like the children of Israel we look at the obstacle before us and we look like grasshoppers in our own sight, we forget that it is not us but the Christ who lives in us who has already secured the victory on our behalf.
Listen to what the young David told the massive Goliath as he run towards him;
1 Samuel 17:45 NKJV “Then David said to the Philistine, “You come to me with a sword, with a spear, and with a javelin. But I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied.”
The difference between young David and King Saul plus the armies of Israel is that David understood his source of strength. While Saul and his armies focused on the size of Goliath and became afraid and intimidated, David knew that he had Gods backing. David knew his backing was just around the corner. No wonder he had the courage and audacity to run towards Goliath with only a sling and stones.
What about you, do you have any backup?
What is the biggest obstacle before you today? Are you fully persuaded that God has got you back? Why, or why not?
Proverbs 3:5-6 NKJV “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; 6 In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall [a]direct your paths.”
How do you daily apply this verse in your life?