Joshua 1:5-9 New International Reader’s Version (NIRV) (Bible Gateway)
5. “No man shall be able to stand before you all the days of your life. Just as I was with Moses, so I will be with you. I will not leave you or forsake you. 6. Be strong and courageous, for you shall cause this people to inherit the land that I swore to their fathers to give them. 7. Only be strong and very courageous, being careful to do according to all the law that Moses my servant commanded you. Do not turn from it to the right hand or to the left, that you may have good success[a] wherever you go. 8. This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. 9. Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
-God encourages us to “be strong and courageous“. He is always with us, through every situation. Come to God and rest in his loving presence. Focus only on Him and Him alone. Keep His words and do not let them “depart from your mouth”. Spend quality time each day, mediating on His words, so that when difficult times occur, we can stand confidently in Christ knowing that He is working things out. Trust in the Lord and His goodness.
Spiritual growth (2)
‘When we grew up, we quit our childish ways.’
1 Corinthians 13:11
People with strong faith can make you feel ‘less than’, when you compare yourself to them. One Bible teacher writes: ‘I admired those faith heroes whose flowery testimonies hung around the ceiling, like steam gathering in a shower. They seemed so changed, so sure, so stable. I thought God’s love was doled out according to a merit system. If I did well today, He loved me. If I failed, He didn’t. What a roller coaster! I didn’t realise everything that’s born needs time to grow and develop into maturity. I was expecting an immediate, powerful, all-inclusive metamorphosis that would transform me into perfection.’ Do you feel that way, as if there is something wrong with you because you never seem to measure up? If so, read this: ‘When we were children, we…reasoned as children…But when we grew up, we quit our childish ways.’ You start as a spiritual infant, then you become a spiritual child, then you become a spiritual adolescent, and eventually you become a spiritual adult. But you never ‘arrive’. And quick-fix, do-it-yourself righteousness will just make you try to impress others with a false sense of holiness. It will stop you from being honest before God and make you think you should be farther along than you are for your spiritual age. Do you remember when you were a child and you dressed up in your mum’s high heels or your dad’s work boots? No matter how much you wanted to fit into them, you couldn’t. That didn’t mean there was something wrong with you; it just meant you were exactly where you should have been for your age.
God’s compassion never ends. It’s is only the Lord’s mercies that have kept us from complete destruction. Great is His faithfulness; His lovingkindness begins afresh each day… Therefore I will hope in Him. -Lamentations 2:22-24
12 You are God’s chosen people. You are holy and dearly loved. So put on tender mercy and kindness as if they were your clothes. Don’t be proud. Be gentle and patient. 13 Put up with one another. Forgive one another if you are holding something against someone. Forgive, just as the Lord forgave you. 14 And over all these good things put on love. Love holds them all together perfectly as if they were one. –Colossians 3:12-14
These garments that God provides—such as kindness, humility, and gentleness—allow us to meet hostility and criticism with patience, forgiveness, and love. They give us staying power in the storms of life.
When we face adverse conditions at home, school, or work, the “clothing” God tells us to wear protects us and enables us to make a positive difference. “And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity” (v. 14).
Dressing according to God’s guidelines doesn’t change the weather—it equips the wearer.
Romans 8:18-23 teaches us that “our current sufferings are not worth comparing to the glory that is to be revealed”. The world was introduced to sin and corruption in the garden of Eden. Through the scripture, we know the that creation eagerly awaits freedom. The freedom that comes from the “new heaven and the new earth”. In Revelations 21, God tells us about the Hold City, the new Jerusalem. God is preparing a new home for us (His people). He will live with us and us with Him, every tear will be wiped away (vs.4 ‘He will wipe away every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death.’ (Isaiah 25:8) And there will be no more sadness. There will be no more crying or pain. Things are no longer the way they used to be.”) God is preparing creation for a new life with Him in heaven. Nothing we’re exercising now can compare to what will be revealed. Let us wait patiently and fervently on the Lord.
Revelations 21: 5 says “He who was sitting on the throne said, “I am making everything new!”…Write this down. You can trust these words. They are true”. Trust God wholeheartedly and wait upon Him.
Calm in Adversity
by Joyce Meyer – posted August 27, 2017
Blessed (happy, fortunate, to be envied) is the man whom You discipline and instruct, O Lord, and teach out of Your law, that You may give him power to keep himself calm in the days of adversity….
– Psalm 94:12-13
Nothing shows our spiritual maturity more than staying calm when our circumstances are not calm. Stability is a sign of maturity, and the more mature we are, the more God can trust us with His power and blessings.
Power Thought: I have the power of God to remain calm in adversity.
“Open your eyes and look at the fields”
God is asking you to look around and see what fields are ready for harvest. Sow, so that others can reap.