Sermon About Be Strong and Courageous Joshua 1:6-9

 Joshua 1:6-9 Be Strong and Courageous

In this passage, God is speaking to Joshua, who has just been appointed as the leader of the Israelites following the death of Moses. God is calling Joshua to be strong and courageous as he leads the people into the Promised Land.

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In our journey of faith, we often encounter challenges and uncertainties that can leave us feeling weak and fearful. Yet, in the midst of life's trials, God calls us to be strong and courageous, trusting in His promise and provision. 

We explore the powerful message of encouragement found in the book of Joshua, as God commissions Joshua to lead the Israelites into the Promised Land. Let us draw inspiration from Joshua's example and embrace God's promise to strengthen and uphold us in every circumstance.

 1: God's Promise to Strengthen Joshua (Joshua 1:6)

In Joshua 1:6, God promises to strengthen Joshua as he assumes leadership over the Israelites, following the death of Moses. This assurance of divine empowerment highlights God's faithfulness to equip His servants for the tasks He has called them to. Just as God strengthened Joshua for his assignment, He promises to strengthen us for every challenge we face in life.

 2: God's Order and Calling (Joshua 1:9a)

God's command to Joshua in Joshua 1:9a is a reminder of His sovereignty and authority over His chosen servant. Joshua is called to be obedient to God's instructions and to fulfill the divine calling placed upon his life. Similarly, as believers, we are called to submit to God's authority and to walk in obedience to His will, trusting in His perfect plan and timing.

 3: Dependence on God's Word (Joshua 1:7)

In Joshua 1:7, God exhorts Joshua to be strong and courageous, not deviating from the law that Moses had given him. This underscores the importance of dependence on God's Word as the foundation for our strength and courage. As we immerse ourselves in Scripture and meditate on God's precepts, we are equipped to face life's challenges with confidence and assurance.

 4: Trust in God's Promise (Joshua 1:6)

God's promise to Joshua in Joshua 1:6 serves as a catalyst for trust and confidence in His provision and faithfulness. Despite the formidable obstacles ahead, Joshua is encouraged to trust in God's promise to give the Israelites possession of the land. Similarly, we are called to trust in God's promises, knowing that He is faithful to fulfill His word in our lives.

 5: The Exhortation to Courage (Joshua 1:7)

Repeatedly, God exhorts Joshua to be strong and courageous as he prepares to lead the Israelites into the Promised Land. This call to courage is not based on human strength or abilities but on faith in God's presence and power. Likewise, we are called to be courageous in the face of adversity, knowing that God goes before us and fights on our behalf.

 6: The Presence of God (Joshua 1:9b)

In Joshua 1:9b, God assures Joshua of His constant presence and companionship, promising never to leave him nor forsake him. This reminder of God's abiding presence is a source of comfort and strength for Joshua as he embarks on his daunting mission. Similarly, as believers, we can take refuge in the assurance of God's presence with us, knowing that He is our ever-present help in times of need.

 7: Living under Divine Guidance (Joshua 1:7-8)

God instructs Joshua to carefully obey His commands and to meditate on His law day and night, ensuring success and prosperity in all his endeavors (Joshua 1:7-8). This underscores the importance of living under divine guidance, allowing God's Word to shape our thoughts, actions, and decisions. As we walk in obedience to God's commands, we experience His favor and blessing in our lives.

 8: The Importance of Trusting God (Joshua 1:9b)

In the closing words of Joshua 1:9, God reiterates His command to be strong and courageous, emphasizing the importance of trusting in Him. This call to trust in God's provision and protection is a recurring theme throughout Scripture, reminding us of the vital role that faith plays in our relationship with God. As we trust in God wholeheartedly, we experience His peace and presence in our lives, enabling us to overcome every obstacle and challenge.

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9. We need to be strong and courageous

Courage is an essential virtue in every person. It is a quality that makes people strong. We admire courage in heroes because it allows us to live inspired lives. Our definition of courage is the willingness to face danger without fear. 

Without strength of will, a person can become physically and emotionally sick from making poor decisions. Essentially, we must choose to be strong and courageous on both a mental and physical level.
  • Battle against sin (2 Cor. 10:4; Eph. 6:10-17)
  • Need to be strong in the faith (1 Cor. 16:13)
  • Oftentimes have to make tough decisions (Lk. 14:25-33)
  • God is for us (Rom. 8:31; Heb. 13:5)

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As we reflect on the message of Joshua 1, let us be encouraged to embrace God's promise to strengthen and uphold us in every circumstance. Just as God equipped Joshua for his assignment, He promises to equip us for the challenges we face in life. May we be strong and courageous, trusting in God's provision, obeying His commands, and living under His divine guidance. As we walk in faith and obedience, may we experience the fullness of God's blessing and the fulfillment of His promises in our lives.

Jesus had His His mission; when asked if He was God's Son, on the cross as He submitted Himself into death so that we may be saved.
  • Fear is a companion of torment (1 Jn. 4:18)
  • To be dismayed is to be discouraged.
  • Hope is an antidote (Heb. 6:19)
  • The dismay of the disciples was offset by the news of His resurrection (Jn. 20:20)

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