Today’s Scripture(s) – Joshua 1:9
“Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.”
I know that this scripture is for many of you today because it is truly for me! The Lord is commanding us to be strong. The Lord is commanding us to be of a ‘good’ courage. The Lord is telling us to not be afraid or dismayed. Being afraid and being dismayed are two separate ways of being. When I read this verse ‘dismayed’ stood out to me and there are bibles that translate ‘dismayed’ but I had to go to the dictionary to see ‘dismay’ for myself. Dismay – to break down the courage of completely, as by sudden danger or trouble; dishearten thoroughly; daunt; sudden or complete loss of courage; agitation of mind. When we are dismayed we become doubtful, we move into a place of dread a place of fright a place of panic and a place of discouragement. Proverbs 3:5 “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.” Where does understanding begin? Understanding begins within our minds. Truly the battlefield is in the mind and if we can get our minds right, if we can get our minds to line up with the word of God we can get our hearts right. Proverbs 23:7a “For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he: …” How many of us are truly meditating in and on the word of the Lord DAY and NIGHT? The more we fill our minds with the word of God the more our minds and hearts are being filled with the word of God the stronger we will be and we will be able to stand and be of a good courage. Again I must say many of us need to read and reread the gospels Matthew, Mark, Luke and John and study our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. We go through trials and tribulations and we buckle under. We get tempted and succumb. Many of us will not speak to our situations and say ‘IT IS WRITTEN’ (Oh My Lord! Hear this in your spirit man Dear Ones for just as I typed it, those words resounded in my ears!) We will not say ‘IT IS WRITTEN’ because some of us do not know WHAT is written. The Lord did not say climb up the rough side of the mountain. The Lord did not say chisel through the mountain. Mark 11:23 “For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.” So many of us will not speak the word long enough to see the manifestation. The word of God tells us to resist the devil and he will flee from us. Some of us call ourselves resisting the devil when we have not even done the first part of James 4:7 “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” Submitting to God is taking heed to His word and taking heed to His word is going to take getting into His word and seeking His face, daily and being a doer of His word, not a hearer ONLY. It’s going to take some work Child of God to be of a good courage, Help Us Holy Ghost! Here’s the promise, rest assured knowing this ‘the LORD thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest’, so be strong, be of a good courage, don’t be afraid and don’t be dismayed. “Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.” Proverbs 18:21. Use your tongue wisely. And… “gird up the loins of your mind” (see 1 Peter 1:13).
Father, I thank you for this day. I thank you for touching me and waking me up this morning. I thank you for your goodness and your mercy that follows me and all of my love ones all the days of our lives. I thank you Father God for being so good to us. Thank you for all of my brothers and sisters in you Lord. Thank you for your grace that you pour out on us. Father I bless your great name. I thank you Father God for all things. Thank you Lord! Thank you Lord! Thank you Lord! Blessing and honor and glory and power to you Father God forever and ever, AMEN! I ask today sweet Holy Spirit that you would lead and guide our footsteps. Help us each and every one of us to be of a good courage. We are determined not to be afraid. We are determined not to be dismayed. We trust in you Lord with all our heart and we will not lean to our own understanding, we will fill our minds and our hearts with your word and we will meditate in your word, fill us up Lord with your word! Fill us up Lord, fill us up! Help us Holy Spirit to seek after the Lord with all our heart, with all our mind, with all our strength. We can do nothing without you Father God. We are nothing without you Father God. Lead and guide our footsteps. Keep us on a right pathway Father. Keep us on the path that leads to eternal life with you Lord. We can do all things through you Lord Jesus because you give us the strength therefore we trust and depend on you Father God in all that we do. Let the words of our mouths and the meditation of our hearts be acceptable in your sight Father. I declare today that we are strong in you Lord and in the power of your might. I declare today that we are victorious in you Lord Jesus. I declare today that we are more than conquerors through you Lord Jesus. I declare today that we are submitted to you Father God and we resist the devil on every hand. Thank you Father for being our strength and our shield! Thank you Father for being our strong tower, we run into you and we are safe! Thank you Father for providing all of our needs according to your riches in glory by our Lord Jesus! Thank you Father God that no weapon that is formed against us shall prosper, Lord we SPEAK to the mountains in our lives today and we believe and do not doubt that they shall be removed and cast into the sea, In Jesus name! Bless you Father God. Thank you Father God. Bless your great and holy name. In Jesus name I pray. Amen