Hebrews 10:22-25—“Let us hold tightly without wavering to the hope we affirm, for God can be trusted to keep his promise. Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.”
Life brings challenges, and past challenges can keep us from experiencing adventures in the future. By gathering together as the Church, we can encourage—infuse courage into—each other to do greater things with our lives as we wait for the Lord’s return. By stepping out and leading with courage, you inspire others to do the same.
To do what God wants us to do, we have to take the first step of trusting in the finished work of Christ. A lot of people stop there, but the first step is just the beginning! We have to allow God to develop us. God doesn’t want to only forgive us; He wants to forgive, restore, and encourage us to live our lives doing amazing things for Him.
Joshua 1:1-3, 9—“After the death of Moses the Lord’s servant, the Lord spoke to Joshua son of Nun, Moses’ assistant. He said, ‘Moses my servant is dead. Therefore, the time has come for you to lead these people, the Israelites, across the Jordan River into the land I am giving them. I promise you what I promised Moses: ‘Wherever you set foot, you will be on land I have given you…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.’”
Joshua was one of only two people who were willing to trust God and enter into a land that seemed dangerous. God had just set Israel free from four hundred years of slavery, but the Israelites wanted to go back! Bondage was what they knew. But Joshua knew that letting the familiar of yesterday conquer the promise of tomorrow would get them nowhere.
We can’t just focus on where we’ve been—that’s going to cause us to miss out. Satan uses our past to keep us pacified. He loves to keep us in a comfortable, familiar place, because it makes our walk with Christ stagnant. Joshua refused to let the past keep him from experiencing what God had for him in the future.
Numbers 14:6-10—“Two of the men who had explored the land, Joshua son of Nun and Caleb son of Jephunneh, tore their clothing. They said to all the people of Israel, “The land we traveled through and explored is a wonderful land! And if the Lord is pleased with us, he will bring us safely into that land and give it to us. It is a rich land flowing with milk and honey. Do not rebel against the Lord, and don’t be afraid of the people of the land. They are only helpless prey to us! They have no protection, but the Lord is with us! Don’t be afraid of them!” But the whole community began to talk about stoning Joshua and Caleb.”
God had promised the Israelites this land. The others who had explored the land reported that there were powerful giants living there. Soon, all of the Israelites were too consumed by fear to trust in God’s promise—except for Joshua and Caleb. They refused to listen to the voices of everyone around them, and chose instead to focus on God’s voice. For their trust, God allowed Joshua and Caleb to experience the land He had promised.
The crowd is not always right. Just because everyone is doing it, doesn’t make it right. We have to refuse to listen to the voices of the majority and listen to the voice of the Master. God’s plan is for us to do whatever He says—even when that means going directly against the crowd. Those who commit to God and trust what He says will see Him do amazing things in their lives.
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