“Be strong and courageous, for you are the one who will lead these people to possess all the land I swore to their ancestors I would give them. Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the instructions Moses gave you. Do not deviate from them, turning either to the right or to the left. Then you will be successful in everything you do. Study this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do. This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
Joshua 1:6-9 NLT
Here the Father is encouraging Joshua to be of good courage and to stand strong against what seems to be insurmountable odds. He was faced with a land of giants. His assignment: lead the nation of Israel. Immense pressure, wouldn’t you say? But Joshua did not cave into the fears about the size of his enemy. Instead he moved forward in confidence, staying true to the course that God had set him on. How are you doing with the giants you face? Be encouraged by His Word: “Be strong and courageous! do not be discouraged or afraid.“Stay on the course for the Lord is with you and He will not fail you. “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding, in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct your paths straight. Proverbs 3:5-6 NASB.” Make this declaration: I declare that I am strong and courageous and that I will stay the course, for the Lord is with me and He will not leave me or fail me.