If you’re visiting here for the first time, I usually just put one scripture verse, possibly two for our morning read. But this morning, I felt impressed to share a few more so bear with me please, it will be worth it, trust me!
Joshua 1:1-9; After the death of Moses the servant of the Lord, it came to pass that the Lord spoke to Joshua the son of Nun, Moses’ assistant, saying: 2 “Moses My servant is dead. Now therefore, arise, go over this Jordan, you and all this people, to the land which I am giving to them—the children of Israel. 3 Every place that the sole of your foot will tread upon I have given you, as I said to Moses. 4 From the wilderness and this Lebanon as far as the great river, the River Euphrates, all the land of the Hittites, and to the Great Sea toward the going down of the sun, shall be your territory. 5 No man shall be able to stand before you all the days of your life; as I was with Moses, so I will be with you. I will not leave you nor forsake you. 6 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. 7 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. 8 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. 9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
I’m of the mindset that if it’s in the Word, spoken by God, than I have access to the same promises. Just as God told Abraham that the covenant was to his seed, and even if we’re not directly in his line, we have access through the blood of Jesus. Galatians 3:29 says; And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.
So, now that we’ve established that, let’s take another look at our beginning text. God is commissioning Joshua, who has now taken over for Moses. He first shows him what belongs to him, then He shows he will always be victorious and that God himself will never leave him. But in verse 8, God shows him how to stay strong and courageous, by making the Word of God a priority. God is saying, “If you study my Word, eat it as the bread of life it is, get it inside of you so that when something happens it won’t affect you, then you will make your way prosperous and have good success.”
I see so many people working their butts off to provide for themselves and their families but they literally spend so little time in the Word, that their spirits are like a bunch of zombies, walking dead men and women in the earth. They can’t understand why they’re not getting anywhere in life, circling the same mountain, living for a week or two off to enjoy some relaxation on a beach somewhere, only to come back and do it all over again. That’s not prospering! That’s insanity!
My friend, if you eat physically like you eat spiritually, some of you would be dead of malnutrition. If you want things to change then it’s time to get yourself unstuck. Want different results, do something different. If what you’re doing isn’t working, time to change. Joshua didn’t get the promised land by staying on the ‘safe’ side of the Jordan, where God fed them all the time. No, the moment he crossed over and the people started eating off the land, no more manna or quail, they had to find their own food.
It’s time to find your own food, my friend. It’s great to go to church on Sunday and be given an on fire, on time word, but that word will do you no good during the week if you don’t continue to eat. Pull out your notes, re-read the scriptures, think about what God is saying and how to apply it to you. If you didn’t take notes, pull up the podcast or get on and watch a good TV minister. Don’t be a one meal a week Christian and expect to see signs, wonders and miracles.
Father, my soul hungers and thirsts for You like a deer pants for the water, so my soul longs for You. Your Word is hidden in my heart and I have access to it day and night. I may not be able to quote it verbatim, but it’s in there. I may not know chapter and verse, but I know it. When a crisis comes, I draw on my reserves. I don’t have to run to church and beg for a Word, I run to You. Your Word is aways with me, even in my mouth. Today, I will declare Your word over every situation. I will speak healing into sick bodies, life into lifeless souls. You alone make me strong and courageous and You alone make me succeed and prosper. It’s in Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.