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The Source for Strength and Courage (2 of 3)
Series: Strength and Courage
God called Joshua to a mission - if he chose to accept it - he had to deal with and dislodge a rogue nation(s). On paper this was a mission impossible. There were simply too many factors stacked against Joshua.
His army was a ragtag band of nomads, descendents of slaves. They were trying to dislodge a nation of people who were so wicked and depraved they thought nothing of slaughtering their own children in worship of false Gods. Furthermore these people were entrenched behind fortified, walled cities and they had the stature of giants. In addition, the leader of Israel for the past 40 years was dead. And Joshua, his assistant, must now step into his shoes and lead the mission. Joshua and his army were unequal to the task. But, there was an Xfactor in the equation and it wasn't ''Ethan Hunt'', it was God.
God is the source of strength and courage. God was the xfactor that transformed this challenge from a mission impossible to a mission accomplishable.
Friends, we are not in this alone. You are not doing life by yourself. As a Christian, you believe in God. And the God that you believe in did not create you and then leave you all alone to face the challenges that you encounter or the mission that he has put before you. God is the source of your strength and courage. Now let's break that out.
I. GOD'S PROMISES
Joshua 1:6 ''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.''
Joshua's source for strength and courage was the faithfulness of God. God reaffirmed His promise to Joshua's ancestors. We're talking about God's promise to give them the land of Canaan. That's why this is called the Promised Land.
Gen.12:3 & 7 (Abraham) ''All the families on earth will be blessed through you...I will give this land to your descendants.''
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