It’s interesting to me that the Lord told Joshua to be strong and courageous four times in the first chapter of the book bearing his name. Because he was one of two of a dozen spies who came back from the Promised Land with a positive report, this man of faith was ultimately appointed as a successor to Moses. That said, he strikes me as someone who already had strength and courage, so it seems a bit strange that God gave him this kind of directive. Nevertheless, in looking at who he was at this point and who he would become, I believe it was the Lord’s way of granting Joshua permission to step into the bravery, strength, and boldness that he already possessed. You see, the truth is that he had courage on the inside of him, but he needed to stand firm and release it. Likewise, many of us are a lot stronger than we think we are, but we hold back when it comes to exercising bold faith because we’re afraid of the reaction of others. Though we’ve received a new birth, activating it through action requires stepping into the unknown, and that demands that we be confident in the Lord’s character. The Bible says that we’ve been given everything we need pertaining to life in Godliness, but we must believe and boldly receive that truth in order to go forth and make a difference in the world.
My friend, in Jesus, you are bold, confident, and courageous, and He has given you permission to act like it! In a time when many seem to be shrinking away from taking a stand, you are called and empowered to proclaim God’s life-changing Good News to a world that desperately needs to hear it. Don’t let your voice be silenced and don’t believe the enemy’s lie that what you have to say doesn’t matter. Be strong, take heart, walk in truth, clothe yourself in love, and then release the fearless faith inside of you so others can experience the joy that comes from knowing the One who sets their souls free!