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July 29, 2018

  


   Sermon Title: Be Strong and Courageous





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Joshua 1:1-9



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Scripture Reading: Proverbs 3:5-6; Psalm 28:7



Scripture Text: Joshua 1:1-9


Now after the death of Moses the servant of the LORD it came to pass, that the LORD spake unto Joshua the son of Nun, Moses' minister, saying, 2 Moses my servant is dead; now therefore arise, go over this Jordan, thou, and all this people, unto the land which I do give to them, even to the children of Israel. 3 Every place that the sole of your foot shall tread upon, that have I given unto you, as I said unto Moses. 4 From the wilderness and this Lebanon even unto the great river, the river Euphrates, all the land of the Hittites, and unto the great sea toward the going down of the sun, shall be your coast. 5 There shall not any man be able to stand before thee all the days of thy life: as I was with Moses, so I will be with thee: I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee. 6 Be strong and of a good courage: for unto this people shalt thou divide for an inheritance the land, which I sware unto their fathers to give them. 7 Only be thou strong and very courageous, that thou mayest observe to do according to all the law, which Moses my servant commanded thee: turn not from it to the right hand or to the left, that thou mayest prosper withersoever thou goest. 8 This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success. 9 Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God is with thee.



Be Strong and Courageous

We arenít Superman, but I would argue that actually we are a lot closer to Superman than we think. Just like him, our strength, our courage, isnít our own, it comes from something else.
It comes from someone else.

Our courage and strength comes from God, from Jesus and the Holy Spirit that lives inside you and me. Jesus said ďI am with you always, to the very end of the age.Ē We know that he is with us. The source of our strength is with us. Unlike Superman, we always have the Spirit there with us as our helper. Being Strong and Courageous often means being able to trust in and receive the strength and courage that God wants to give us. It isnít necessarily some super-human degree of strength rather than a supernatural God-given importation of strength that we need to trust God for. But that trust can take practice...as we act on Godís strength, as we trust in God and act in courage, God has a weird way of providing for us.
God reminds Joshua: 1. Who he is; 2. Whose he is; and 3. To put his faith into action.


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