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. Joshua 1:9 NIV
Be strong and courageous.
Some definitions say not easily injured or subdued.
Well established, a strong fort.
I become injured and subdued with people I don’t want to offend or have conflict with.
Instead of dealing with the problem, I often remain silent.
Fearful of a conflict that feels like a no-win situation.
The Lord commands me to be bold and courageous, not to fear.
He is with me in broken places.
He is with me in broken relationships.
Jesus is with me wherever I go.
He is with me when I make a mess of things.
- When my judgments masquerade as truth.
- When what I call truth is harsh and hurtful.
- When truth gets twisted by hurts and hang-ups.
There’s nothing He can’t mend or restore.
Nothing He can’t make new.
He turns water into wine.
A meager lunch into a feast.
He brings the dead back to life.
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He goes before me.
He never leaves me.
He stills the storm.
I can be strong and courageous not because of who I am but because of Whose I am.
I can trust Him to lead me through muck and mire.
He uses all things for my good – even the ugly parts.
He doesn’t command me to do things perfectly.
He invites me to lean in and let Him bear the weight.
Faith over fear.
Courage in conflict.
Trust through the test.
It takes strength to be still.
- Make the hard call.
- Tell the truth.
- Let go of people, places and things.
- Trust the timing.
Strength supplied by a Savior.
In my weakness, He is strong.
He came to be my strength, my courage, my hope.
He doesn’t command I go alone.
With open arms He calls, “Come Follow Me.”
Follow Me through the difficulties of life.
Follow Me through desolate wastelands.
Follow Me beside still waters where I give soul rest.
Don’t be anxious or discouraged – I’ve got this.
I am the Good Shepherd.
I am with you wherever you go.