Psalm 27:13-14 (Amplified) I would have despaired had I not believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait for and confidently expect the Lord; be strong and let your heart take courage; yes, wait for and confidently expect the Lord.
There is a strange belief by some that “Big Brother” is watching and listening to our conversations. Like when randomly discussing a new home project or possible purchase and advertisements suddenly appear on social media regarding the very same topic. It makes people wonder if our phones are listening to us. Weirdness. Some people truly believe this is the case, but it is highly unlikely. The truth is that if, Facebook, Apple or even Google, were to launch global monitoring targeting individuals, it would create huge technical issues draining all resources by the sheer amount of user volume. Science and technology assure us that the media moguls of the world are not “listening” to us individually. They gather their information from human tendency. If you click on it, your information creates a data chain release so that it influences what is seen. It is way more generalized than it might seem. Take a deep breath. Your privacy is not invaded by tiny sensors monitoring your every move. Well…that’s not entirely true.
I have been studying the call and commission of Joshua. After Moses died, it would be his divine opportunity to lead the Children of Israel into the Promised Land. In Joshua 1, God tells his servant four times, “Be strong and courageous…” The Amplified version says, “Be strong and confident and courageous.” Reading a devotion today by Proverbs 32 Ministries, the writer reveals that although God felt it significant to repeat this statement no less than four times that Joshua never indicated any insecurity or fear in leading the people. Was Joshua truly confident? Or perhaps, was the Lord revealing the contents of his leader’s heart?
How many times do Christians try to make faith look fearless yet crippled within by doubt and despair? I may project confidence and yet God has been revealing my hidden insecurities to me that I am not showing others. He does it so that courage will rise up to overcome those fears with confidence, not in me, but the Christ in me. To fully assume my identity as a Child of God means replacing the lies of the enemy that bind me to fear with the truth that sets us free. Joshua’s position required him to project confidence. To be a strong leader. To make good decisions. To stand strong and pull this group together. It was his calling. It was his commission. He was created and prepared for such a time as this. Now God is giving him final instructions. Be strong. Be confident. Be courageous.
Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear, not absence of fear. – Mark Twain
Can I just encourage you a little today on this journey toward destiny that you are on? The farther faith travels the less secure our life becomes. Control is lost in trusting God so it makes us feel uncertain. Confidence produces courage in the life of believers. The great philosopher, Plato said, “Courage is knowing what not to fear.” How much truth is to be found in his wisdom! God did not give us a spirit of fear and timidity. He also did not hand us a mask to cover our face in shame when bound by such feelings and oppression. Instead, God gives us Himself. The whole “I AM” belongs to us. Jesus lives inside of us giving us God’s Glory and Victory in copious amounts. The Holy Spirit is our helper taking the Word and inscribing it on our heart while giving us good guidance how to make it grow and prosper into the fruitfulness of potential hidden within. God promises to go with us. Protect us. His Word says, “No weapon formed against us will prosper.” He tells us specifically not to embrace the things of this world but seize the hope set before us. Let it anchor us. Keep us secure. (Hebrews 6:19)
I would have despaired had I not believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.
Courage isn’t having the strength to go on – it is going on when you don’t have strength. – Napoleon
Courage believes God. It takes Him at His Word. It is not reliant on the current condition but the hopeful possibilities offered in trusting the Lord with our body, mind, heart, spirit and soul. It finds joy in surrendering our whole life including every strength and weakness to the Lord. I have been in disparaging situations. I have been defeated. Experienced delays. Taking long detours. Been broken in devastation. God has been faithful through it all. In the midst of a battle, a warrior never gives up. The price is too high. He must complete what he set out to do and gives his very life if needed to satisfy the cost. We must keep our eyes fixed on the prize. We must run the race of faith with purpose. We must decide to continue to see God’s Goodness because it absolutely is for the land of the living. It is for the strong. It is for the confident. It is for the courageous. It is for the righteous who choose to believe when all seems impossible.
Wait for and confidently expect the Lord; be strong and let your heart take courage; yes, wait for and confidently expect the Lord.
Courage means never allowing our actions to be influenced by our fears. It means overcoming fear with faith. Faith, even in the smallest quantities, has massive potential in our life. It’s funny how God works. When I sat down this morning before opening the Bible or even searching for a verse, I wrote in my journal this statement: “No fear. No dread. I am strong. I am courageous. I am in bold pursuit of my God. I am releasing His Glory in me.” Opening the current devotion I have been reading, of course it began to fortify this declaration. Along with one sent to me in my email, and other online sites I follow. The Lord is calling me to be strong, confident and courageous. Why? There is purpose in my life yet to be discovered. It cannot be found in fear, doubt and insecurity, so being the faithful and loving and attentive Father that He is – God is cutting fear out of my life and offering more faith. He is destroying doubt to open doors that only faith allows. He is promoting me to new levels and doing new things that will require courage to trust Him more. What about you? Is God reading your mail today? It is a crazy and wonderful component to our Christian life. When the Lord speaks to us gently and softly yet so profoundly. Be strong, friend. Be confident. Be courageous today. God is speaking to you. He sees your heart. He has big plans for you!
Isaiah 41:10 (NIV) So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.