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THE SECRET TO MY SUCCESS

 

Joshua 1:6–7 (NKJV)
Be strong and of good courage, for to this people you shall divide as an inheritance the land which I swore to their fathers to give them. Only be strong and very courageous, that you may observe to do according to all the law which Moses My servant commanded you; do not turn from it to the right hand or to the left, that you may prosper wherever you go.

If anyone ever needed a formula for success it was Joshua.  He’s succeeding Moses…  A guy who was schooled in “all the wisdom and knowledge of the Egyptians,” a guy who’d been schooled by God through forty years in the desert as a shepherd, a guy who’d been in the presence of God multiple times in ways that nobody previously or subsequently can claim, a guy that God used to perform miracle after ridiculously amazing miracle, and someone who had been used by God to bring over 2 million of His people to the border of a promised land that years before had been unobtainable in the minds of all but a very few.

Joshua doesn’t have the same resume or anything close to it, but he was one of the few.  He’s a guy who watched what God did through Moses and what God just did and realized he could trust Him.  That’s a good thing.  But, you can see how he might have been feeling a bit inadequate for the task at hand.  And then God speaks.

What God tells Joshua is instructive. 

First; be strong and courageous. 

Good words for anyone who has any desire to live a life of love to the Lord.  You are someone who is out of the norm of most of humanity, they’re thoughts rarely have God, or God’s desire for them as their object.  You can expect opposition.  You can expect infiltration; they want to get in your head and make you like them.  You’re going to need a spine.

Second; Memorize and apply God’s Word in your life. 

Verse 8 of Joshua 1 says, “This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.”

It’s been said that a Bible that’s falling apart usually belongs to someone who isn’t.  I’ve never met anyone who wasn’t looking for prosperity or success in their lives but, unfortunately, they’re usually looking in the wrong direction to achieve it.  It’s in His Word (His promises) that God has given us “everything we need for life and godliness” (2 Pet. 1:3-4) but those promises can’t be utilized unless we know the Word and apply it.

God brackets His encouragement to Joshua with the promise of His presence.  He tells him in verse 5 that just like He was with Moses, “I will be with you. I will not leave you nor forsake you.” In verse 9, God repeats Himself, “do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

The secret of Joshua’s success:

Be strong.

Be brave.

Be a “man of the Word” instead of the world.

I’m with you and I’m not leaving.

Good stuff.

Steve Whinery of Calvary Chapel Tri-Cities