I am not making any of this up, you can read it whenever you like
Reference: “Whoever rebels against your word and does not obey it, whatever you may command them, will be put to death. Only be strong and courageous!”” Joshua 1:18 NIV
Explore: Did you know you are part of a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, and a holy nation? That you are God’s workmanship, you are a new creation and you are a conquerer with Him?
In fact, you are forgiven, delivered and redeemed from all sin. You are healed, you are raised up and you are strengthened by Christ.
You are blessed, you are chosen, you are holy and blameless through Christ. You have purpose, hope and peace in God.
You are secure. You have been called. You are strong, you hold God’s power, you will stand firm and you will be victorious.
I am not making any of this up. It is all in the Bible and you can read it whenever you like. In fact, you’ve probably read it numerous times already!
But when someone speaks it into your life, it makes you take notice.
Application: In Joshua 1 God gives Joshua the best pep talk ever. He gives him great advice and three times God tells Joshua to be “strong and courageous”.
I love how insistent God is about this. I wonder if Joshua got a bit nervous at what was to come when God kept telling him to be so courageous!!
But God was not the only one to speak this into Joshua’s life. After God spoke to Joshua he went and addressed a group of his people.
And what did they say in response to their new leader? “Be strong and courageous.”
God’s word is powerful and when He speaks it, it’s time to listen! And how great is it when He speaks through others to us.
Joshua received an incredible message from his God but he also received great encouragement from his people too. We can speak into people’s lives in a really powerful way.
If our words line up with God’s word then we can make a significant difference to the people around us.
Prayer: Lord, Your word gives us life and hope. May we speak the same wisdom and encouragement into other people’s lives too. Amen.
What words of encouragement can you speak today?
This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.