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Sunday, February 27, 2011

Steps to Success

What ever God's purpose is in your life-whatever He has called you to do, Joshua 1:1-9 has some steps of success for us.
1) Arise-Get up! If we stay in our slumber, we will miss God's blessing on our lives.  We will miss our calling He has prepared for us.
2) Go! What has He called you to do?  We must take the first step.  This is a step of faith and obedience.  Remember the man with the withered hand in Luke 6:6-11.  Jesus commanded the man to stretch forth his drawn up hand.  The man obeyed and his hand was restored.  If we stay asleep and do not go, we will not see what God has for us.
3) Nothing/no man can stand in our way. What God has promised is yours. We must walk in belief.  The belief must be in the object of our faith-God Himself, His character and truth not just in the result or promise He has given us.
4) Next comes a great promise.  I will never leave or forsake you.  When the results/fruits or the promise is difficult and long in coming, Jesus comforts us that He is still with us.  He will never leave us.  Again this is why our faith and belief must be placed in God not in the fruit or results.
5) He reminds us again--be strong and good courage!  Believe and trust Him.  Walk in His promise of what He says is yours.
6) This next step is interesting to me. Be strong and very courageous. (not just good courage) to obey the law.  To obey the words of the Bible.  To meditate upon it.  To read with thoughtfulness and linger over the Word.  For the Word to be your source of strength and stability.  As you eat food for strength, the Word of God will give you the faith, strength, and stability you will need to continue on walking in faith.
7) Another promise, if this law is our mediation day and night, then we will be prosperous and have good success in what He has called us to do.
8) And last again, He says, "Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage, do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you where ever you go."

"After the death of Moses the servant of the LORD, it came to pass that the LORD spoke to Joshua the son of Nun, Moses’ assistant, saying: 2 “Moses My servant is dead. Now therefore, arise, go over this Jordan, you and all this people, to the land which I am giving to them—the children of Israel. 3 Every place that the sole of your foot will tread upon I have given you, as I said to Moses. 4 From the wilderness and this Lebanon as far as the great river, the River Euphrates, all the land of the Hittites, and to the Great Sea toward the going down of the sun, shall be your territory. 5 No man shall be able to stand before you all the days of your life; as I was with Moses, so I will be with you. I will not leave you nor forsake you. 6 Be strong and of good courage, for to this people you shall divide as an inheritance the land which I swore to their fathers to give them. 7 Only be strong and very courageous, that you may observe to do according to all the law which Moses My servant commanded you; do not turn from it to the right hand or to the left, that you may prosper wherever you go. 8 This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe 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 of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:1-9