Be Strong and Very Courageous

A Study Based of the Life and Book of Joshua

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How do you handle life when feelings of inadequacy or uncertainty creep into your mind and spirit?  What do you do when you sense that you are incompetent or unqualified for the challenges that you have?  When the quiet voices on the inside or from the outside are telling you that you are too weak and inept to do what God is asking you to do, where do you go for help?

Certainly Joshua could have had any or all of those feelings and concerns as he faced his responsibilities as the new leader of the Israelites.  As a young man, he had certainly experienced God’s provision when He made a way for them to escape from their bondage in Egypt.  Under Moses, he had proved his commitment to Jehovah when he recommended that they go immediately to the land which God had promised to Abraham, but then for 40 years he watched his people try to do things their own way as they wandered through the wilderness.  They were free from slavery, but they were not yet ready to believe that what God had promised to them could really come true.  During this time God was preparing Joshua for the unbelievable task of leading the next generation over the Jordan River and into the Promised Land, where God would be with them and would give them victory over their enemies.

The ways in which God provided for and helped Joshua in his next phase of life and leadership give us such amazing and practical ways to experience victory in our own walk with Him.  As you embark on this study of the life of Joshua, you will find that the truths of the New Testament are vividly illustrated through his story and that God’s promises will give you the courage and strength you need to face your present circumstances and to have peace and confidence for the unknown of your future.

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