What Are You Afraid Of?

Posted: September 9, 2011 in Uncategorized

“Moses my servant is dead.” (Josh. 1:2)
Those are the words God spoke to his servant Joshua as they came once again to the edge of the Promised Land. Across the Jordan river was the enemy fortress of Jericho, but beyond that the land of milk and honey. A land that could have been theirs 40 years earlier.
Behind them was the longest funeral procession in the history of mankind. Every member of the generation that had come to the Promised Land the first time and decided not to enter into God’s promise had died, except for two men of faith, Caleb and Joshua.
So God says to Joshua, “Go over and possess the land.” But this this word of instruction, “Only be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” (Josh. 1:9)
Let me ask you something. Are you willing to settle for the same ol’ same ol’? For business as usual? For wandering in the wilderness?
Or, do you long for the Fresh wind of God’s Spirit to blow on your life, your church, your community? The Promised Land requires faith and courage, and spiritual strength. That is why I have asked you to pray and fast for 40 days. I hope you are finding God’s refreshment in your life and looking forward to what God wants to do.
The first time Israel came to the edge of Canaan, a group of God’s people spread a bad report among the rest and created fear that led to disobedience and failure. Sometimes that still happens. Today the generation over 40 does the spreading by telephone and email, and those younger by text, or facebook, or even twitter. But let me challenge you. Let your heart listen to God’s Spirit. Do not be afraid. The leaders of your church, pastoral staff and laymen have seen the Promised Land. The price of the pain of change is worth the result. May God bless you as we seek to Know Him and to Make Him known.

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