Joshua 1:6-8 (NLT) --- "Be strong and courageous, for you are the one who will lead these people to possess all the land I swore to their ancestors I would give them. Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the instructions Moses gave you. Do not deviate from them, turning either to the right or to the left. Then you will be successful in everything you do. Study this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do.
This was a new day for God's people since Moses, the guy who led them for years, has died. These were not easy days, but God has been with them.
For God's people to see success and have God's promises, their leader had to be strong and courageous. The people had to live with God's strength and with courage. What happens when we choose to live that way? What happens is success and more.
You and I have a choice to lead people to see God or not to see God. We can use what we do and what we have to give people purpose and life or not. We have a choice. But listen to what God says about that choice:
1 Corinthians 8:9 (NLT) --- But you must be careful so that your freedom does not cause others with a weaker conscience to stumble.
The only way to be strong and to live with courage is to follow God. Joshua would lead the people into the promised land if he focused on God and God's guidance. Much the same is true for us. Success, abundant life, joy and purpose are all tied to following God.
Joshua was told not to turn in any other direction. He had to keep his focus on God and lead others to see God.
There are some awesome promises for us if we will follow God and lead others to do the same. The choice is yours and mine. Be strong. Live with courage. Life will never be the same!
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