Bible Verse: Haven’t I commanded you: be strong and courageous? Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go. Joshua 1:9

Scripture Reading: 1 Corinthians 15:58

Joshua is one of the greatest generals of all time. His leadership abilities and military strategy are still studied today. Joshua was born into slavery in Egypt but eventually commanded the army of the Lord and was chosen by God to lead after Moses died. Most people begin studying Joshua’s life with the book that bears his name, but there s so much more. Long before he was the leader, he had a record of obedient service and strong faith. He was willing to stand against the majority.

Joshua was undaunted by the unbelief of his peers. He was unwavering in his commitment to take the promised land. He was fearless in battle, and he was a godly man at home. Joshua was the total package, a man’s man.

God’s call to be courageous is undeniable. How we respond to that call determines our legacy. Men and women who know they are walking in the will of God by the power of God are invincible. We need mighty men who will step up to the demands of the times because they are sure of God’s call on their lives.

Joshua was a soldier and a statesman. He believed God that they could and would take the land. Joshua based his faith on the promises of God. He knew how to plan a military campaign and emerge victorious. Joshua was, in every sense of the word, filled with God, led by God, and obedient to the will of God (Josh. 1:1-9).

Some would face the crisis of the death of a leader like Moses and say, “No hope now. All is lost!” But God didn’t send Joshua a suggestion. He gave him direct orders: “Be strong and courageous.” With the command came a promise. God would supply all that was needed for Joshua to be a great leader.

We need strong leaders. This is no time for wimps or the weak. Our strength is not in ourselves but in the Lord. We will die just as we live. If we live as cowards, we will die as cowards. If we live courageously, we will die courageously. We want our military leaders to be courageous on the battlefield. We want our children to be courageous when facing peer pressure. We need courage to choose between good, better, and best. We need courage to stand against the status quo.

Where are the men setting that example?

— Michael Catt in Courageous Living


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