Sunday, July 31, 2016

You Have Met Your Match

As I listened to an online message this morning from Steven Furtick with Elevation Church, a few things hit home...and I thought someone else needed to hear this, too.
  
I promise, I think it's worth the read!

 Be strong and courageous, because you will lead these people to inherit the land I swore to their ancestors to give them.
Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go.  
Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. 
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”  
(Joshua 1:6-9)

Three Times!

Three times we hear God speaking to Joshua.  
Be STRONG and COURAGEOUS!  

And He just didn't tell him what to do (be strong and courageous) but He told him HOW to do it.  He told him to keep the Book Of Law on his lips and meditate on it day and night.  

Here's what I think we can take away from this passage:

*  What comes against us can be used as a weapon to fight for us when we place it in God's hands.  Our fears, insecurities, anxieties, etc...instead of holding on tight to them and allowing us to NOT fulfill our purpose, let's give them back to God, tell Him He can have them and work them for our good!!!

*  God's presence is guaranteed.  He tells us, "the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go..."  We're not alone in our battles.  [We're Better Together]  God's presence is guaranteed, it's not conditional, BUT His promises are up to us.

*  Just because we "feel" afraid doesn't mean we need to "be" afraid.  God has given each one of us a purpose.  The bigger the purpose, the bigger the enemies.  And do you know what the real enemies are?!?  It's not people, things, money....it's our own fear and discouragement.  So often what we are talking ourselves out of, God is trying to bring us into.  STOP talking yourself out of it...START talking yourself INTO it!

God is with us.
With Him, we've met our match.
Any excuse you can give him, He'll come back with a reason why you CAN do it.  
Don't let your fear, your own discouragement, keep you from your future.
No one can talk you into your purpose but YOU!!!

God is with YOU!
Sometimes it's easy for us to put people in "their place."
Well, sometimes, we need to put our own self into place.

Start speaking LIFE to yourself!
I'm being for real.
Wake up in the morning and claim you're going to have a great day!
Tell yourself what you need to hear.
Find scriptures that speak to you and what you have been called to do and memorize them.
Write them down and put them in places where you can see them and read them all the time. 
Surround yourself with people who will build you up and encourage you to pursue your purpose.
God's spoken His promises to us - now we need to speak it to our own self!!!

It's easy to encourage others, or at least it is for me.
It's not always easy to encourage our own self.  
We often feel like we just aren't enough...not good enough.
Let me remind you what I was reminded this morning,
"Christ is in me - I AM ENOUGH!"
 
Three times God told Joshua to be strong and courageous! 
He must have needed that reminder, you think?!?

So get up in the morning and say, out loud, "Christ is in Me!  I am Enough!"
Say it three times if you need to!
You need a phrase to fight the devil with.  
Something you can keep on repeat when thoughts of doubt and insecurity want to creep in your mind.

God is with YOU!
Just as He was with Joshua.
We don't need to be afraid or discouraged.
We can be strong and courageous!!!
Because He is with us wherever we go!

You've met your match with God.
He's promised to be with us wherever we go, because, I'd like to think, He thinks we're better together, too!!!
 

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