Be Strong

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.
Joshua 1:9

Our blessed Lord God of heaven and earth came to Joshua, who, looked at the promise land, and battles ahead. More than likely, his heart, was while trusting in God, somewhat overwhelmed at the size of the task ahead.

Four times in Joshua chapter one, God reminds Joshua of His promises, commands and  ” to be strong and of good courage. In our own lives, we cross so often the path less desirable. It wains our physical and emotional strength thin. In and of our flesh we are spent, and found at the “end” of our very existence (or seemingly). It is in these moments of absolute end, that we find the True Giver of strength. Beginning from our hearts into the rest of our being.

We are reminded to be strong : (Taken from the 1828 Websters Dictionary)

• “Having physical passive power; having ability to bear or endure; firm; solid; as a constitution strong enough to bear the fatigues of a campaign.”

• “Well fortified; able to sustain attacks; not easily subdued or taken; as a strong fortress or town.”

• Powerful; forcible; cogent; adapted to make a deep or effectual impression on the mind or imagination; as a strong argument; strong reasons; strong evidence; a strong example or instance. He used strong language.

• Having great force of mind, of intellect or of any faculty; as a man of strong powers of mind; a man of a strong mind or intellect; a man of strong memory, judgment or imagination.

How are we to be strong? In the strength of our own might? Certainly not! We are to be strong IN the Lord alone, and find our all sufficiency in Him. Strength is found in knowing that wherever we go, He is there with us, ready to hold us, help us, even pray for us. He wants us to tap into His endless strength. This strength comes from being on our knees, in the closet of prayer, where no one sees, no one listens but God.

We know that when we are weak, this is when He can be strongest, because the Spirit that dwells within us over comes this dastardly flesh. For myself, I have come to relish the moments of weakness, because in them I find the most peace and rest, knowing that my control has been relinquished out of necessity, but should more often be out of my love for my Savior. In these states of supposed “weakness” we get to truly experience God’s greatness. Oh Lord may we always be weak to live continually in Your greatness and strength.

Another act of being strong, is living in assertive faith, which does not waiver. Should God place a battle, or a promise land before us. We ought to RUN towards it, in faith that is real, trusting that the pace of our strides will bring us where we ought to be. This faith is not timid, or held back. It acts, it moves, it does… It fears only God alone and nothing else. Taking our tools, well honed into battle, or even enjoying the spoils of a land conquered is all part of experiencing the act of being strong in the Lord.

We are reminded to be of good courage : (Taken from the 1828 Websters Dictionary)

• Bravery; intrepidity; that quality of mind which enables men to encounter danger and difficulties with firmness, or without fear or depression of spirits; valor; boldness; resolution. It is a constituent part of fortitude; but fortitude implies patience to bear continued suffering.

Courage that grows from constitution, often forsakes a man when he has occasion for it; courage which arises from a sense of duty, acts in a uniform manner.

It is interesting that courage is for the most part an act within our minds, a determination in spite of all odds to continue on. It is not merely an act, but the resolution of a duty to act which compels the courageous soul on to … an end. This purposeful, focused action is calculated by looking only forward, ignoring all the (worldly) distractions to the right and to the left. This courage comes from a completely surrendered, completely reckless faith and trust in the God who made the land, who made the way for us to travel.

Take strength and courage in knowing that God is with you, knowing that He does what He says He will do. That He always completes what He has started. ACT upon knowing the strength that has been offered to you. Calculate knowing the courage you are allowed to have as you move forward in battle or even into the promised land of your life.

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