Joshua 1:1-9

1 Now after the death of Moses the servant of the Lord it came to pass, that the Lord spake unto Joshua the son of Nun, Moses’ minister, saying,

2 Moses my servant is dead; now therefore arise, go over this Jordan, thou, and all this people, unto the land which I do give to them, even to the children of Israel.
3 Every place that the sole of your foot shall tread upon, that have I given unto you, as I said unto Moses.
4 From the wilderness and this Lebanon even unto the great river, the river Euphrates, all the land of the Hittites, and unto the great sea toward the going down of the sun, shall be your coast.
5 There shall not any man be able to stand before thee all the days of thy life: as I was with Moses, so I will be with thee: I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.
6 Be strong and of a good courage: for unto this people shalt thou divide for an inheritance the land, which I sware unto their fathers to give them.
s7 Only be thou strong and very courageous, that thou mayest observe to do according to all the law, which Moses my servant commanded thee: turn not from it to the right hand or to the left, that thou mayest prosper whithersoever thou goest.
s8 This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.
s9 Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.

After Moses died, God gave Joshua the difficult task of leading the Israelites into the Promised Land, but He also gave precise instructions on how to succeed.

With each command, the Lord issued a promise and foretold the outcome. Joshua’s job was to stay focused on God, not the difficulty of the challenge—and to obey.

Cross this Jordan—I have given you the land.

In God’s eyes, what He’s promised has already happened, even before we take our first step.

Be strong and courageous—I will never fail or forsake you. No task is impossible when God is on our side.

Be careful to obey My Word—then you will have success wherever you go.

The Lord measures success in terms of obedience to His will.

We’ll always do well both spiritually and eternally when we follow His directions.

Meditate on the Scriptures—and your way will be prosperous.

Biblical thinking keeps us on a right path so we can accomplish what God has called us to do—that’s true prosperity.

Do not fear—I am with you wherever you go.

When we really believe this, our confidence in the Lord enables us to walk boldly by faith through humanly impossible situations.

When God places a challenge before you, don’t retreat or try to avoid it.

The same commands and promises He gave to Joshua also apply to you.

If you keep your eyes on Him and follow His instructions, He’ll lead you into a deeper relationship with Him and greater opportunities to serve Him.

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