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Be strong and courageous
devotion by Sis. Bala Samson
Thursday, Sep 17, 2020

 

Turn not to left or right

Joshua 1:7 "Only be strong and very courageous; be careful to do according to all the law which Moses My servant commanded you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, so that you may have success wherever you go.

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God emphasizes the word ‘strong and courageous’ here, which is very important to move forward with confidence, guts, grit in order to accomplish the work given by God.  The responsibility that was on Joshua’s shoulder was not small, therefore, God reiterates the words ‘ be strong and courageous’ so that keeps ringing in his ears each time he encounters his enemies.  These words of encouragement comes to us also during this time of pandemic crisis, so that we do not buckle down to situations but yield to the will of God who can do unimaginable things beyond our comprehension.  This is for somebody out there who is worried, lonely and scared, inconsequential the number of friends that might fall way because of our squeaky-clean Holy Spirit walk; yet, God would stand by you! Cheer up! Be daring, be brave!

 

Friend, we can be strong and courageous only if we live a life that is pleasing unto the Lord, the Bible says:  Proverbs 28:1 says: "The wicked flee when no one pursues, but the righteous are bold as a lion."  Daniel was fearless when he walked to the lions’ den because he himself declared to the king: "My God sent His angel and shut the lions' mouths and they have not harmed me, inasmuch as I was found innocent before Him; and also toward you, O king, I have committed no crime."(Daniel 6:22) Amen.  Let me narrate a hilarious incident that happened in our Abide School, when my cook was busy with her work at our school, a police man knocked the gate of the school, the moment our cook saw the police, she started shivering and her face changed.  Well, the police gave a piece of paper and asked me for a particular address which I explained to him and then he left, I looked at my cook and asked why she was so afraid, she said,” I am afraid of police”; however, this woman I later found out was a small time thief who would steal at the place of work.  Now you see, when you have a corrupted life, secret sins, wickedness then you cannot be strong, that’s exactly why God first warns Joshua to be strong and courageous.  God wants us to be strong outside and inside, so that we can stand brave in front of our enemies.

 

Further God warned Joshua that he had to follow the law diligently, friend we do not get success like ‘Aladdin magic lamp’ but we got to obey the rules of God if we need to lead a successful life.  Study the word everyday, separate time with God, fast once a week and live a victorious life!

 

 

 

 

ANBE AZHAGE-SHALINA.SAMSON
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