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Be Courageous and Obedient

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"Only be strong and very courageous; be careful to do according to all the law which Moses My servant commanded you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, so that you may have success wherever you go. Joshua 1:7

As Israel stood on the edge of the Promised Land, God spoke the words in today’s verse to Joshua. Every place Joshua and the Israelites stepped inside the Promised Land would be theirs (v. 3), and no man would be able to stand before Israel because God was with them (v. 5). But His promise was conditional. They were to be strong and courageous, acting according to the Law, so that they’d find success.

Sadly, Israel didn’t always follow this instruction, and it cost them dearly. They started off strong, conquering Jericho (Joshua 6). But they stumbled in Ai after Achan sinned against the Lord (Joshua 7), and it cost thirty-six men their lives (Joshua 7:5). They went on to have several more victories and then divided the land among the tribes. After the death of Joshua, the next generation didn’t know God and began to serve false gods, forsaking the Lord. He then brought judgment on them (Judges 2:11-15) and let them suffer numerous defeats.

Courage must always be tied to obedience to God. Does this describe your walk with Christ? Have you ever exhibited courage without regard for obedience?
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