Are you preparing to start a new project? Are you daunted by a challenging new beginning? Or maybe you still feel challenged by what you started in the past?
Here is an affirmation for you that was given to a man from his revered mentor, his nation and his God.
“Be strong and courageous.”
Joshua had served as the aide to Moses for over forty years. He had witnessed the greatness of Moses.
Moses had raised his staff over the Red Sea and God had parted the waters. Before that, Moses had stood up to Pharoah and been the deliverer of God’s twelve plagues on Egypt.
Moses had gone up the mountain and met with God face to face to receive the Ten Commandments.
Moses had led a rebellious people for forty years of wandering in the wilderness.
Now Moses was about to die and Joshua was to lead Israel in Moses’ place.
How was Joshua feeling about this new challenge? Joshua had successfully led Israel in battle. He had observed how Moses had led the nation.
Joshua was prepared for this job. He had been groomed for this job!
Still, Joshua must have felt hesitant.
And he was about to undertake a challenge that demanded courage. Joshua needed to know that he was the right man for the job.
Joshua got the affirmation he needed.
- Moses told him to be strong and courageous. Deuteronomy 31:7
- God told him to be strong and courageous. Joshua 1:6, 7, 9
- The nation of Israel told Joshua to be strong and courageous. Joshua 1:18
I admit that it sounds more like a command and not an affirmation. Still if you hear that kind of a command enough, it becomes an affirmation, don’t you agree?
Repetition is the power of affirmations.
An affirmation said only once has no power.
A repeated affirmation basically reprograms your mind to think the way it should.
How would Joshua have proceeded if he had not had the repetition of this command, Be strong and courageous? I think he would have failed.
Be strong and courageous. It is one of my favorites.
Consider this. Be strong and courageous has been spoken to people taking on a huge challenge over and over.
Moses said it to Joshua as he was handing over command of the nation of Israel. Deuteronomy 31: 6, 7; Deuteronomy 31:23
God said it to Joshua as he was taking command of Israel. Joshua 1:6, 7, 9
The leaders of Israel said it to Joshua as he was taking command of Israel. Joshua 1:18
Joshua said it to military leaders after they had defeated five enemy kings and were facing the future challenge to gain the promised land. Joshua 10:25
David said it to Solomon when he was about to become king of Israel. 1 Chronicles 22:15; 28:20
King Hezekiah said it to military leaders when the Assyrian army attacked the nation of Israel. 2 Chronicles 32:7
How would you like someone to encourage you with such a historic command and affirmation?
You are appointed. You meditate on these verses given to Joshua. You use the key words as your prayer and affirmation to become strong and courageous.
1 After the death of Moses the servant of the Lord, the Lord said to Joshua son of Nun, Moses’ aide: 2 “Moses my servant is dead. Now then, you and all these people, get ready to cross the Jordan River into the land I am about to give to them—to the Israelites. 3 I will give you every place where you set your foot, as I promised Moses. 4 Your territory will extend from the desert to Lebanon, and from the great river, the Euphrates—all the Hittite country—to the Mediterranean Sea in the west.5 No one will be able to stand against you all the days of your life. As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsakeyou. 6 Be strong and courageous, because you will lead these people to inherit the land I swore to their ancestors to give them.
7 “Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left,that you may be successful wherever you go. 8 Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. 9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”
10 So Joshua ordered the officers of the people: 11 “Go through the camp and tell the people, ‘Get your provisions ready. Three days from now you will cross the Jordan here to go in and take possession of the land the Lord your God is giving you for your own.’”
Joshua 1:1-10 NIV
Joshua was called to accomplish his purpose. So are you. Be strong and courageous and you will be prosperous and successful.
Father God, you gave Joshua a purpose that is well known. You have given me a purpose just as surely. As I move forward I ask that I will hear from you as clearly as Joshua did. I will do my part by spending the time in Your Word so that I will hear from You. I have your promise that you will be with me where ever I go. In Jesus Name, Amen.
I am strong and very courageous. I am careful to obey all the Word of God teaches me to do; I will not turn from it to the right or to the left, I know then that I will be successful wherever I go.
Keep in mind that a prayer is to align your heart with God’s Truth. An affirmation is to align your mind and thinking with God’s Truth.
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