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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Expect (07/11/13)

TITLE: Looking for Courage
By darlene thompson
07/17/13


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In today's society Christians need courage. Joshua 1:1-9 reveals how Joshua found courage. He became the new leader of the Israelites. He had big shoes to fill. After all, Moses had been the man to lead the Israelites with strength and wisdom. Now it Joshua's turn to face dangers and challenges. God spoke to him and told him not to fear, to remain calm, and to be firm. All God asked him for was obedience.

During his leadership, Joshua fought against seven nations. God gave him a great victory over Jericho because he followed God's instructions. It must have been hard for him to believe that walking around the city and blowing trumpets would bring victory. But Joshua soon lost sight of what God had shown him at Jericho. Instead, he sought advice from his own warriors as they embarked on Ai. Because Ai was smaller than Jericho, victory seemed inevitable. However, the Israelites were defeated.

Three times God told Joshua to be courageous. He told him He was his protector and guide. All God demanded in return was Joshua's obedience. Joshua learned his lesson and followed God's instructions. The Israelites were able to overcome the nations. God promised no man would be able to stand against them. Victory came through obedience.

Obedience to God's Word fills our spirit with quietness, purifies our heart, sharpens our perception, provides direction, increases our faith, and give courage. Without obedience to God, there is no courage--there is no victory!


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Virgil Youngblood 07/19/13
This thoughtful and concise devotional echoes what Solomon wrote in Ecclesiastes 12:13, summarizing his search to determine what life was all about. Obedience is key to a pleasing relationship with God. Well done.
Joanne Sher 07/22/13
Joshua is a fabulous example of this so important lesson. Great reminder for all of us. Thanks for sharing!
CD Swanson 07/23/13
Love the messages and passages that are brought forward in this well written entry.

God bless~
CD Swanson 07/23/13
Love the messages and passages that are brought forward in this well written entry.

God bless~
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 07/24/13
This is a nice devotion. I liked the points you made ands how you provided the scripture to go along with it.