Be Strong in the Lord
We have been looking at how to possess your promised land. There are things that God told Joshua, that you and I must also do to receive our spiritual promised land. The promises are yes and amen. Just like the Lord had given the Children of Israel the Promised Land and they did not possess it, we want to make sure we don’t fall into that same trap. The Lord told Joshua and us how to do it so let’s find out. We see throughout Joshua 1:5-9 the Lord told Joshua to be strong. We must learn to be strong in the Lord. Here is how.
First we must realize the Lord is our strength. We cannot provide our own strength. Psalm 27:1 says, “…the Lord is the strength of my life, of whom shall I be afraid.” Psalm 29:11 says the Lord gives strength to His people and Psalm 46:1 says God is our refuge and strength. Then one of my favorite verses on strength comes from Isaiah 41:10, “Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.” God is our strength and because of that we do not ever have to be afraid. We are also told in the Epistles that God’s supernatural strength is available for us. We need that strength to obtain the promises of God. Obviously the Children of Israel, the first batch, did not have that strength and God wanted Joshua and us to have it. In Ephesians 6:10 we are told to be strong in the Lord and the power of His might. Colossians 1:11 says we are strengthened with all might according to His glorious power. Then for all of us, our favorite verse is Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”
How do we get this strength? We can pray and ask God for it. We must confess these scriptures and believe that we have it. We can also get into God’s presence and receive His strength. Isaiah 40:29-31 tells us that those who wait upon the Lord get their strength renewed. So, we should regularly be in God’s presence and not just wait for church. Also, the Bible tells us that the joy of the Lord will also give us strength (Nehemiah 8:10). So, we should on purpose make sure we are walking in the joy of the Lord. Strength is a key component to receiving your promised land. Make sure you are not relying on your own strength. We all need God’s strength and it is available to each one of us.