May 30, 2024


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Rev. Innocent Chukwudi Peace-Udochukwu President Living Fountain Ministries Int’l LIFOM

“No one will be able to stand against you all the days of your life. As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you.”
Joshua 1:5

This verse is an encouragement and an incredible promise from God. God originally gave this promise to Joshua when he led the people of Israel out of the bondage in Egypt and into the promised land. But this promise is also given to all God’s people—he continues to be with us in our triumphs and trials, fighting for us and rooting for us.

There is an epidemic of weakness that is sweeping into the church. The culture is infiltrating the church, leaving us fearful of leading and making decisions. Our preoccupation with “consensus” has a stranglehold around what we do, and we’re taught to sanitize our lack of commitment.

Nothing in life or in ministry ever happens apart from courage. Somebody has to pull the trigger. The very nature of leadership is that it is a prophetic statement of where things ought to be. Inherent in leadership is a call to embrace aloneness and resilience.

Sometimes you may find yourself in a difficult situation due to no fault of your own. It is in times like that, when your faith is tested, that you must decide to remain faithful and true to God. He will never leave you. You can count on him.

Hard times may occur in your life, but that is no indication that God is not with you in your time of need. God may simply use your situation for his Glory, and you will be blessed.

“Moses my servant is dead. Now then, you and all these people, get ready to cross the Jordan River into the land I am about to give to them – to the Israelites.” After Moses died, God challenged Joshua to possess the land. This was not a decision to accept lightly. Since Joshua had been with the Israelite people, he knew of their weaknesses and problems. And though he was well past middle age, Joshua accepted God’s challenges.

The Jordan River was at flood stage during this time of year. How much better it would have been to cross when the weather was dry and the river was low! However, we honor God in our willingness to trust Him during hard times. Everyone faces untamed situations in life. God wants us to walk across the river and face the challenges. God often reveals His power best in times of seemingly great challenge.

The Israelites were preparing to walk where they had never walked before, into a land unknown to them. They were a brand-new generation of people. Not one of us knows what the future holds. Each day we face the new and unknown. Most of us fear the unknown, so often we settle for problems instead of facing our challenges. Following God into an unknown territory, though, creates in us a dependency on Him which can lead to victory.

“No one will be able to stand up against you all the days of your life. As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you.”
Joshua could accept the challenge because he recognized God’s promise to him. In essence, God said to Joshua, “If you accept the challenge, I’ll commit myself to you.”

Powerful presence
In verse 5, God reminded Joshua that no one would be able to stand against Israel. not because of their power, but because of His power. When we accept Jesus Christ as our Savior, He, too, promises us His power and presence for our lives.

“There shall not any man be able to stand before thee all the days of thy life”

What is promised to the people in common, ( Deuteronomy 11:25 ) ; is here particularly promised to Joshua their general; and which was fulfilled in him, and still more in Christ his antitype, who made an end of sin, destroyed the devil, spoiled principalities and powers, abolished death, and overcame the world:

‘I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee;
but grant him his presence, communicate strength unto him, make good his promises, and leave him not till he had made an entire conquest of the land of Canaan, and even not till the end of his days; and was true of Christ in his state of humiliation, in his sufferings and death, and even in the grave, where he was not left so long as to see corruption; as this is applied to particular believers.

Remember that the Greek name Jesus simply translates the Hebrew name Joshua. Their names are identical. Whatever Israel received in the Promised Land, they received through the hand of Joshua; whatever we receive from God we receive through Jesus Christ, our Joshua.

God never calls us to do anything apart from him. Every assignment that God gives is also his primary means of sanctifying the leader. Some of us are getting burnt out because we are separating the sanctification process from our ministry. The very thing that God is using to draw us to himself is his calling upon us. His calling is a statement of his presence.

Do you think God would leave Joshua high and dry? If God has called you, he is with you. Courage doesn’t mean that I am not afraid. It means that I fear God more than I fear my environment. It means that I trust in divine resources more than the resources of man.

The ability to endure deepens your resolve. If you act courageously, you’ll get more courage. God is with you, but he’ll only strengthen you when you raise your leg and put it forward. He can’t steer a parked car. The wind will only blow when you put up the sail.

Leadership is strengthened by acts of obedience. It’s a verb, not a position. You know you’re flying over the right target when you’re being shot at. If you’re running because of opposition, you’ll be running for the rest of your life.



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