Joshua 1:5b-9—…I will not fail you or abandon you. 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. Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the instructions Moses gave you. Do not deviate from them, turning either to the right or to the left. Then you will be successful in everything you do. Study this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do. This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.

There is a connection between being a strong and courageous person and seeing your life produce an abundance of good fruit. People who develop godly strength and courage are people who move forward and keep their focus on the things of God.

There are many ways we can stay strong and courageous in life, but I want to talk to you about one specific way: celebrating the victories.

God is a God of victories. All throughout the Bible, we see God’s people celebrating the victories God helped them achieve—the times that through Him, they were overcomers. They would sing songs, give each other gifts—even dance in the streets!

No matter who we are, we all experience negative things in our lives. But if our focus is always on the negative instead of the positive—instead of the victories—you’ll get discouraged. I can tell you that as a pastor, it’s easy for me to become discouraged when I see some of our numbers drop. Maybe one year we had 100 people baptized by a certain time, when the next year it was only 20. When you’re looking at things only from a negative perspective, that could seem bad. But each of those numbers—all 100 and all 20—represents a person whose life was forever changed. And that is worth celebrating! Every person who comes to Christ, every next step that is taken, is a victory in God’s eyes, and it should be in ours, too.

Celebrate the victories. Celebrate that God has brought you out of the darkness, and celebrate the light that you’re in now. Celebration helps you build your confidence in God so that you can go to the next level, so do whatever it takes to remind yourself every day of the victories God has given you.

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