Courage is a Command
“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9
After Moses died, Joshua had an encounter with God who appointed him to lead His people into the Promised Land. Joshua understood the necessity of preparation to receive miracles from God. His courage, wisdom, submissiveness and faithfulness to God made him a fit leader. With Joshua in authority came an increase of faith and courage for the miraculous. He motivated the discouraged Israelites to revive their faith in God and believe in the Word of the Lord.
The Lord gave Joshua a command with the provision for power. Joshua needed to be courageous to lead the Israelites into the Promised Land. When God told Joshua to ‘fear not’, He wasn’t telling him not to fear, rather take action in spite of his fear. God wants us to press forward with boldness into everything He has planned for us, not allowing fear to rob us of His blessings.
The Holy Spirit is our gift of courage. He is our helper in all things (Hebrews 13:6). The Holy Spirit gives us courage to expand our gifts and talents. When we are facing a challenge, our dependency is in on the Holy Spirit’s courage. It takes courage to stretch our minds and think new thoughts. With the help of the Holy Spirit, we are able to live outside our comfort zone, experience life to the fullest and flourish in unexpected ways.
“Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart: wait, I say, wait on the Lord.” (Psalm 27:14). Waiting on the Lord is a calm, confident assurance that He is at work. It is possible to understand and wait on the Lord when we have heard His whisper, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” We can boldly say, “ You are my helper. I need not fear what people can do to me.” (Hebrews 13:5-6). Waiting on God protects us, strengthens us and deepens our confidence and trust in Him. It requires courage to be patient as He is at work in our situations. Waiting upon the Lord involves having faith in God, believing in the impossible, listening to His voice and focusing on His Word (Mark 11:22, Matthew 19:26, Matthew 17:5). We have to believe in our hearts for God’s promises by faith, and have the courage to speak them in a personal, present-tense way. Faith and courage are keys to releasing His unlimited power in our lives. Increase creates new life in us to rule our world and fulfill all that God has for us.
Years before Jesus was born, Isaiah had the revelation of what power meant when he waited upon the Lord, he had courage. “But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength…” When we wait upon the Lord, our strength is renewed with energy, joy, peace, and persistence for daily life. “They shall mount up with wings as eagles…” We see things differently and we are no longer circumstance controlled. “They shall run, and not be weary…” We live in a calm state, running with patience the race that is set before us. Our emotions are not in control, God is in control. We stay motivated by the Holy Spirit. (Hebrews 12:1).“They shall walk and not faint…” Our daily life is an adventure of the Spirit to walk without boredom. Be strong and brave enough to stand and wait on God, for those that wait on the Him shall never be ashamed (Isaiah 49:23).
The question from the Lord, “Have I not commanded you?” is spoken to every believer in Jesus Christ. The next question is, “Did you hear Him say, “Be strong and of good courage, do not be afraid nor be dismayed?” Here is why: “…for the Lord, your God is with you wherever you go.” The Old Testament commandment, connected to the promise given to Joshua, is the same for us today.
Create a definition of courage for yourself. This is mine: Courage is a thanksgiving attitude in a ‘no matter what’ world. We cannot predict if the next phone call might be an unexpected surprise or bad news. But, with revelation of the Holy Spirit who lives within, we can choose the response according to God’s Word and resist the urge to return to old patterns. Wait a moment and declare trust in God, He is always there to be our helper (Hebrews 13:6). Stop thinking you have the right to react in ways that could be wrong. Drift away from negative reactions when a surprise or bad new arises. Train yourself to act according to Romans 8:28. I know that all things work together for good to me because I love God, He loves me, and I am called according to His purpose. I see Your greatness appear in my life now. Your purpose for my prosperity is being unfolded with divine order, divine provision and divine protection. I meet the right people at the right time with the right receiving, thankful attitude. Amen!