America’s veterans and soldiers … Thank you for freedom!

Changing of the Guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Arlington National Cemetery, Washington, D.C.

I will not fail you or forsake you. 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 1:5b-6a

After the Israelites had mourned the death of Moses, God commanded Joshua to lead the people from the desert through the Jordan River into the Promised Land that the Lord had given to the Israelites as a possession.

The Israelites faced giants; fought battles, and some died, but God gave them the land. The battle was the Lord’s. The Israelites fought for land, for freedom to worship their God, and for their nation.

America’s soldiers, past and present, fought for a land to live in freely, for freedom to worship Almighty God, and for their nation.

Although America has slipped from its Christian foundation, there are still many Christian soldiers serving our nation.

Thank you veterans, soldiers, and your families for the sacrifices you have made to preserve our freedom. Sacrifices of life, limbs, sight, mind, and families. You have given the ultimate for freedom.

My prayer for veterans and their families

Almighty God,

The battle is Yours. We know that You use even the difficult circumstances for good to those who love You. Bless America’s veterans and soldiers with the saving knowledge of You and Your ways. Wrap Your love and protection around them. Go before them and prepare their ways. Bless their families and give them Your peace.

Thank you, veterans, soldiers, and your families!


What’s it take to possess your promise?

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!