“You can work for success but ONLY God can make you prosper”.
Read Joshua 1:5-9 The Message
Overview: Joshua a servant of Moses was thrust into the position of leadership after the death of his master, Moses. He did not know what to do, as the task was enormous and as we all do sometimes (probably at all times) developed cold feet, got very scared because he felt inadequate, comparing himself to Moses. So he went on and cried out to God, but in this place of crossroad- in the valley of decisions, God showed up and proffered a solution.
GOD OFFERED JOSHUA 3 POWERFUL TOOLS FOR SUCCESS
Tool Number 1:
“No one will be able to oppose you for as long as you live. I will be with you just as I was with Moses, and I will never fail or abandon you.”
God heard Joshua’s cry and offered him His presence. Why? because God’s presence guarantees Joshua’s success, His presence guarantees your success too!
Romans 8 says “If God is for you, who can be against you?”
God’s presence is everything you need to prosper in anything you find yourselves doing on earth. Ask for His presence daily, just like David did in Psalm 27:4a “…one thing I seek the most is to live in the presence of the Lord all the days of my life”
He has promised His presence to always be with you; to counsel and advise, to guide and direct, to protect and defend you. No man or principalities can prevail over you.
He is assuring you of His faithfulness to always be with you. You are not alone!
Tool Number 2:
” Let the words from the book of the law be always on your lips.Meditate on them day and night so that you may be careful to live by all that is written in it.If you do, as you make your way through this world, you will prosper and always find success.”
The level of your commitment to God’s Word will determine how far you go. Not just knowing the Word of God but going a step further – meditating and doing it.
Relationship Not Religious acts
Corrie Ten Boom said “Don’t worry about what you do not understand of the Bible. Worry about what you do understand and do not live by.”
God knows you cannot do this alone that is why He is asking you to walk with Him daily – every day (not once a week) then you will prosper in all your ways.
Don’t try to negotiate with what and when to obey Him, always enter into the fullness of His presence, let His Word delight in you.
This old hymn comes to mind; Just a closer walk with thee by PATSY CLINE
I am weak but Thou art strong
Jesus keep me from all wrong
I'll be satisfied as long
As I walk, let me walk close to Thee
Just a closer walk with Thee
Grant it, Jesus, is my plea
Daily walking close to Thee
Let it be, dear Lord, let it be
Tool Number 3:
“This is My command: be strong and courageous.Never be afraid or discouraged because I am your God, the Eternal One, and I will remain with you wherever you go.”
Even though the assignment/ task might look big, risky or even dangerous at times, TRUST God and depend on Him, He is ALWAYS faithful!
When God told us to be Courageous
COURAGE does not mean the absence of FEAR but releasing yourself with your arms stretched out in surrender and submission.
Be confident in Him even though you think the task is impossible, even though you cannot see success or a glimpse of a breakthrough but you are able to stand firm and trust that He is with you. Now that’s the confidence, the courage He is talking about.
That’s the type of CRAZY Faith He loves!
Faith like a mustard seed but yet mighty to believe.
Learn from Esther, Esther 4:1 “…And if I perish, I perish”
Now that’s COURAGE and STRENGTH!
True Success comes from GOD.
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