Joshua 1:5,6 - 5 “No man will be able to stand before you all the days of your life. Just as I have been with Moses, I will be with you; I will not fail you or forsake you. 6 “Be strong and courageous, for you shall give this people possession of the land which I swore to their fathers to give them.
Do you see the powerful promises of God here? Look at this closely – Joshua is reminded of some very precious promises in these verses. Here are the five things in these two verses that God promised him:
V. 5 The promise of victory over every enemy. – No man will be able to stand before you all the days of your life
V. 5 The promise of the presence and power of God. – Just as I have been with Moses, I will be with you
V. 5 The promise of the faithfulness of God. – I will not fail you or forsake you.
V. 6 The promise of absolute victory. – for you shall give this people possession of the land
V. 6 The promise of God to keep His promises. – which I swore to their fathers to give them.
What did Joshua have to do to make these things happen? Just one thing: Trust God! God was going to give Israel the victory. Joshua was merely the instrument that God had chosen to use to do it. These things were going to happen! For Joshua to be a part of it, all he had to do was have faith in God!
Let me also share with you that these same promises go for you and I but what we need to do is to Trust God – that is what the courageous Christian does.
Look here at the same promises for us:
He still gives victory over all our enemies – 1 John 5:4-5 – For whatever is born of God overcomes the world; and this is the victory that has overcome the world–our faith. Who is the one who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?
He is still ever-present and all powerful – Heb. 13:5 Make sure that your character is free from the love of money, being content with what you have; for He Himself has said, “I WILL NEVER DESERT YOU, NOR WILL I EVER FORSAKE YOU, as well as Matt. 28:18 And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.
He is still faithful – Matt. 28:20 – teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.
He still gives absolute victory – 1 Cor. 15:57- but thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
He still keeps His promises – Rom. 4:21. – and being fully assured that what God had promised, He was able also to perform
I love these promises!
What is a promise of God that sticks out in your mind?