Be strong and courageous, for you shall give this people possession of the land which I swore to their fathers to give them. Only be strong and very courageous; Joshua 1:6-7a
Joshua had been to the Promised Land almost 40 years earlier to spy out the land. Joshua and Caleb had reported to Moses and the Israelites that it was a land flowing with milk and honey. But the other 10 who inspected the land with Joshua and Caleb reported that the men were giants and were fearful that the Israelites would be defeated. Consequently, the Israelites trusted the 10 rather than the 2 and refused to enter the Promised Land. Instead, they wandered in the wilderness a total of 40 years.
Now, Joshua, Caleb, and the next generation of Israelites were ready to enter the Promised Land. They were ready to take possession of the promise.
I wonder how Joshua felt when God told him to “be strong and courageous.” Didn’t God tell him that Joshua would give the Israelites possession? Again, God, repeated the admonition and added a “very” to the command: “only be strong and very courageous.”
When I began to take hold of God’s promise to heal me, it took courage to step out and act as if I were healed.
I was asked by a co-worker, “Aren’t you afraid to tell people that you are healed? What if you’re not healed?”
“That is exactly why I must tell people that I am healed. I must not let Satan deceive me that I am not healed. God told me that I was healed. My doctor says that I could be healed, and we’ll know after we have acted as if I am healed.”
I had to be strong and very courageous. I stepped out and started reducing my medications, with the assistance of my doctor.
When Satan put doubts in my mind, I thanked the Lord for my healing.
Today, I am not taking fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue medications. I work out, and I lead a very active life with no fibromyalgia pain.
Our Father has given us many promises, but we must possess the promises. We must be strong and very courageous as we walk in His power.
Jesus promised that He would never forsake or leave us.
What’s the promise you must possess? Be strong and very courageous!