Saturday, October 12, 2013

Do Not Be Afraid: Overcoming Memories

Do Not Be Afraid: Overcoming Memories

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.
Joshua 1:9

Recommended Reading
Numbers 13:26-14:9
When Joshua was preparing to take the Israelites into the Promised Land, God gave him a promise: "The Lord your God is with you wherever you go." It wasn't just the task that had Joshua worried. It was also a thirty-eight-year-old memory.

Two years after the exodus from Egypt, the nation arrived at Kadesh where Moses sent twelve spies into Canaan. After forty days, the spies returned burdened with the fruit of the land -- and burdened about the warlike nature of the inhabitants. Ten of the spies warned Moses not to try to take the land because the giants that lived there would surely defeat them. To their credit, Joshua and Caleb disagreed, saying God would give them victory. For rebelling against God at Kadesh, the nation wandered in the wilderness thirty-eight years until that generation died off. Now Joshua would lead the second generation of Israelites against the next generation of Canaanite giants and their iron chariots.

Memories are powerful things. If God is calling you to do something, don't let a bad memory stand in your way -- "for the Lord your God is with you."

Take courage. We walk in the wilderness today and in the Promised Land tomorrow.

Matthew 27-Mark 3

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