Strong And Courageous Because Of The Word
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. 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. (Joshua 1:7-8)
Be strong and very courageous; these are the words God told Joshua when he was assigned the task of taking over for Moses. Could you imagine the weight of that task? Moses delivered his people from bondage in Israel. He parted the Red Sea, met with God and brought the Ten Commandments down from Mt. Horeb, and God gave them manna from Heaven under Moses’ leadership. Now Joshua was given the lead position, and I wonder if the people looked at him, thinking, “So, what are you going to do?”
God told Joshua three times to be strong and courageous. In His goodness, God told Joshua exactly how to do it despite the opinions and doubts of others.
God told Joshua the key to strength and courage is not to allow the Word to depart out of thy mouth, but thou shalt meditate therein day and night. The Hebrew word for meditate means to mutter. God was telling Joshua and us to say the Word all the time. When you continuously speak the Word, you'll get revelation. When you understand what God says, you can have full faith and come into agreement with Him with your words.
Strength and courage are never dependent on favorable circumstances; they are associated with how much of the Word you have believed, received, and spoken out of your mouth.
Practical Application – Look in the mirror and declare the Word over yourself. Tell yourself that you are strong and courageous. Speak the Word about who God says you are.
2 John 1:4; 2 John 1:6