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Joshua 1:5-7

1. The Lord is With Us

2020 has been a challenging and difficult year for most people around the world. A lot lost their jobs and some have even lost their loved ones. Businesses closed and travelling was almost impossible. But as we face another year, the Lord reminds us from the book of Joshua that as He was with Moses (the previous leader of the Israelite people) He will still be with him.

The same promise is true to each one of us today. Maybe you are facing a new assignment, task or responsibility, a new life style or a new job which is even harder perhaps, but the Lord promised never to leave us nor forsake us. No matter what comes our way, we are assured of His presence that gives us hope, assurance and security.

2. Be strong

In every step we take, there may or may not be oppositions. And if there are, you may sometimes feel you’re a grasshopper in a giant’s sight. There are moments that “the giants” we face are so overwhelming that the only way out is to look up! The word of God reminds us to be strong!

Parents, you have to be strong because your children look up to you. You have to make every effort to provide for their needs- physically, emotionally, intellectually and spiritually. There are times you need others to encourage you and other family members to carry the load with you. In unity, there is strength!

Children, you have to be strong because there is a full life ahead of you that will bring mountains and valleys into your life. You have to be firmly founded on a good foundation to stay strong and firm despite what comes.

This does not mean that you have to keep things in, act tough, and do everything. Rather, it means that you know how to choose your battles and stand your ground on the good foundation. Being strong for the right battles doesn’t mean fighting any battle in hope to prove how tough you are. Sometimes it means being vulnerable with your spouse, parents, or children and growing more intimate and closer in the relationship. Other times it may mean working later shifts but only because you know why you’re working, your purpose for doing so, and not because you have anything to prove. Being strong means standing firm and steadfast on your purpose.

But above all these, we have a God who loves and cares for us like no other. When our strength fails, He comes in and picks us up. Greater is He who is in us than he that is in the world! When we have Him in our lives, anything is possible not by our own, but by the strength and ability that comes from Him.

3. Be Courageous

Being courageous means being daring, bold, brave and audacious to act despite of probable danger or pain. This does not come from just believing in ourselves and what we stand for but from the confidence of knowing that the Lord is and will fight for us! There may be times when we’re afraid to step out into the unknown but that’s where faith and a big God comes in. We won’t always know everything, but He does.

When we see that the God whom we serve is bigger and greater than anything we face, we can take courage and move forward. How we perceive affects how we react. What we believe affects how we live! When we believe right, we live right! Remember, there is no problem too big He cannot solve, no disease too debilitating He cannot heal, no sin too grave He cannot forgive, no relationship too broken He cannot restore, no life too wasted He cannot make brand new.

Take heart and take courage; though we face troubles and difficulties of various kinds, Jesus our Lord and savior has overcome!



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