"Be strong and courageous".... the key word is "Be", not "wait to be", not "want to be", not "aspire to be".... sounds like a command to me... God says "Be....." it is action, not submission. Deuteronomy. 31:6, 31:7, 31:23, Joshua 1:6, 1:7, 1:9, 1:18, 10:25, 1 Chronicles 22:13, 28:20, 32:7....
Do you ever "feel" like you cannot get from point A to point B because you are fearful, anxious, worried, unsure or just plain tired? We have all been there; myself included. For me, it's been many more times than I care to remember, and just recently in fact. We can stay in this state or we can walk in faith; we can't be in both. I call this a state of confusion because we are His, and everything with God is certain, if it's certain, how can we not trust our status as a child of God?
Every time I feel this way, I dive into the "Be Strong and Courageous" verses...
"Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you."
"Then Moses summoned Joshua and said to him in the presence of all Israel, "Be strong and courageous, for you must go with this people into the land that the LORD swore to their forefathers to give them, and you must divide it among them as their inheritance."
"The LORD gave this command to Joshua son of Nun: "Be strong and courageous, for you will bring the Israelites into the land I promised them on oath, and I myself will be with you."
"Be strong and courageous, because you will lead these people to inherit the land I swore to their forefathers to give them."
"Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go."
"Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go."
"Whoever rebels against your word and does not obey your words, whatever you may command them, will be put to death. Only be strong and courageous!"
"Joshua said to them, "Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Be strong and courageous. This is what the LORD will do to all the enemies you are going to fight.""
1 Chronicles 22:13
"Then you will have success if you are careful to observe the decrees and laws that the LORD gave Moses for Israel. Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or discouraged."
1 Chronicles 28:20
"David also said to Solomon his son, "Be strong and courageous, and do the work. Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the LORD God, my God, is with you. He will not fail you or forsake you until all the work for the service of the temple of the LORD is finished."
2 Chronicles 32:7
"Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or discouraged because of the king of Assyria and the vast army with him, for there is a greater power with us than with him."
© 2012 Giving Thanks Daily, Shawn Boreta
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Originally shared on Equip His People, Ephesians 4:11-13 on Wednesday, May 11, 2011 at 1:35pmhttps://www.facebook.com/pages/Equip-His-People-Ephesians-411-13/170487976325407