This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.
—Joshua 1:9 (NLT)
With the vision of God’s Promised Land just within their grasp, the Israelites couldn’t muster enough faith to face the giants that lived there. For years they wandered in the desert, knowing their promise was just within reach, but they also knew that they would have to overcome obstacles to receive it. It would not be handed to them on a silver platter. They lived in fear of what it would cost.
Does this sound like you? You see God’s promise but you just don’t reach for it because of the fear of what it might cost. It might cost time or work or support from others in your life but that is not the most important cost. It will cost your surrender to believe God’s promise without a doubt and to exercise the faith He has given you. Do you want your promise but don’t want to face the giant of your own fear and uncertainty? Instead of reaching for His promise, do you become settled where you are? No one wants to face the possibility of failure. Your Promised Land is within reach, but it requires believing in its promise and taking hold of it with faith.
God told His people then, and He tells us now, to be strong and courageous, to be faithful and committed. Know the Word. Renew your mind and heart with its promise and the strength that it brings to receive your promise. Don’t be afraid. Never be discouraged. Believe without doubting. Stand without wavering. Stay focused on His promise and not your circumstances. Exercise the faith God has given you to receive what He has promised you. Disillusionment and discouragement will retreat. Fear will fade. When you step forward in faith, you won’t drown because He is faithful. He is the author of your promise—your advocate, and promise-keeper.
Are you sitting on the edge of your vision for your Promised Land?
Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see. (Hebrews 11:1 NLT)
Faith gives you the assurance that those giants are nothing when faced with the truth of God’s promise. Faith is your confidence to move forward in His will for your life, believing He brings about His promise.
You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised. (Hebrews 10:36 NIV)
What is your vision? What has God promised you? If you are wandering in a valley of dry bones, it is time to speak life to what God has promised.
God will make this happen for he who calls you is faithful. (1 Thessalonians 5:24 NLT)
The Holy Spirit bids you believe. Step out of the place where you have settled. Believe in your promise. Walk by faith and not by sight. Be strong and courageous. Trust that He will supply all you need to overcome any obstacle. With your spirit, soul, and body believing and yielded to His truth, take hold of your Promised Land.
Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful. (Hebrews 10:23).
© 2022 Lynn Lacher