COURAGE FOR NEW BEGINNINGS
1 Now after the death of Moses the servant of the Lord it came to pass, that the Lord spake unto Joshua the son of Nun, Moses' minister, saying, 2 Moses my servant is dead; now therefore arise, go over this Jordan, thou, and all this people, unto the land which I do give to them, even to the children of Israel. 3 Every place that the sole of your foot shall tread upon, that have I given unto you, as I said unto Moses. 4 From the wilderness and this Lebanon even unto the great river, the river Euphrates, all the land of the Hittites, and unto the great sea toward the going down of the sun, shall be your coast. 5 There shall not any man be able to stand before thee all the days of thy life: as I was with Moses, so I will be with thee: I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee. 6 Be strong and of a good courage: for unto this people shalt thou divide for an inheritance the land, which I sware unto their fathers to give them. 7 Only be thou strong and very courageous, that thou mayest observe to do according to all the law, which Moses my servant commanded thee: turn not from it to the right hand or to the left, that thou mayest prosper withersoever thou goest. 8 This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success. 9 Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest. 10 Then Joshua commanded the officers of the people, saying, 11 Pass through the host, and command the people, saying, Prepare you victuals; for within three days ye shall pass over this Jordan, to go in to possess the land, which the Lord your God giveth you to possess it. Joshua 1:1-11 (KJV)
If Moses was dead, I believe the first person that should have known was Joshua:
But God still told him my servant is dead: Meaning no matter the demonstration of power you saw, it is a new era and a new season. Joshua it is your stage, forget about the past.
Stop looking back, you will crash, but be strong and courageous.
The Natural course of things, (Joshua 1:5…There shall not any man be able to stand before thee all the days of thy life: as I was with Moses, so I will be with thee: I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee), hearing God say I am with you is to be sure of victory.
However, God went on to show Joshua that all promises He has made to him will elude him if he lacked that one essential ingredient called COURAGE.
Be strong and of good courage … only be thou strong and very courageous… Joshua 1:6-7
Then in verse 9, immediately after the success formula was handed over to Joshua, God declared:
Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of good courage, be not afraid…
All promises of God are ye and amen, but minus courage = nothing.
20 For all the promises of God in him are yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us. 2 Corinthians 1:20(KJV)
The guarantee for your share in your portion (the Lord) hinges on courage. Courage will delete your name from non-achievers this year.
Courage gives you the confidence to declare the ability of your God and enjoy His unfailing covenant promises.
Without courage, your confession of covenant promises will be porous.
In addition to confessions, courage is what makes you act the word.
Psalm 31:24 says… Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope in the LORD.
Psalms 27:14…Wait on the Lord; be of good courage and he shall strengthen thine heart; wait, I say on the LORD.
It is your courage that compels God into action. He moves with the courageous and fights for them.
2 Chronicles 19:11… And, behold, Amariah the chief priest is over you in all matters of the Lord; and Zebadiah the son of Ishmael, the ruler of the house of Judah, for all the king's matters: also the Levites shall be officers before you. Deal courageously, and the Lord shall be with the good
… Deal courageously, and the Lord shall be with the good.
This is Jehoshaphat, king of Judah addressing the judges he had set over the different units of Judah. Jehoshaphat knew that everything to discharge your duties minus courage will make them fail their duties.
Courage therefore can be defined as that untiring and undefeatable posture of persistence and determination. It is basically an issue of the heart and ultimately results in outward manifestations of boldness and bravery but courage is different from boldness.
- Courage is that supply of fuel to continue a journey to see its end without quitting midstream.
- It is the ability to step out in the face of imminent opposition, obstacles, hardships and difficulties. It takes courage to finish a project you started.
- Courage is the ability to retain your language of victory and triumph even when circumstances want to force you to change it.
- Courage helps you not to murmur and tame the natural cravings of the flesh.
Micah 7:8…Rejoice not against me, O mine enemy: when I fall, I shall arise; when I sit in darkness, the Lord shall be a light unto me.
David adds in Psalm 37:24…Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the LORD upholdeth him with his hand.
Courage does not count the number of times you fell, but looks to more opportunities of success.
Solomon says in Proverbs 24:16…For a just man falleth seven times, and rises up again…
Abraham Lincoln fell several times but he rose again and again….
Defeat is painful but the sweetness of the triumph after it supersedes / overshadows the pains.
MAKE THE SACRIFICE OF COURAGE: STEP OUT
17 And Moses sent them to spy out the land of Canaan, and said unto them, Get you up this way southward, and go up into the mountain: 18 And see the land, what it is, and the people that dwelleth therein, whether they be strong or weak, few or many; 19 And what the land is that they dwell in, whether it be good or bad; and what cities they be that they dwell in, whether in tents, or in strong holds; 20 And what the land is, whether it be fat or lean, whether there be wood therein, or not. And be ye of good courage, and bring of the fruit of the land. Now the time was the time of the firstripe grapes. Numbers 13:17-20
1). You will have to spy out the land.
A time when God communicates ideas into your Spirit and gives you a mental picture of what He wants you to achieve.
The spying out is also the time when covenant promises are spoken out with unction / anointing.
When Moses sent the spies to spy the promised land, he wanted them to experience what was in the mind of God for them. They were to catch a dream of the land. He told them in essence what to expect, good and bad, small and great, few and many, strong and weak. He wanted them to know they will see the positive as well as the negative. The state of their heart was going to determine who takes delivery of their inheritance. So in verse 20, he tells them “Be of good courage…”
- It is courage that helps a man see the good side of every situation.
- If you are courageous you will see the positive side.
1 When thou goest out to battle against thine enemies, and seest horses, and chariots, and a people more than thou, be not afraid of them: for the Lord thy God is with thee, which brought thee up out of the land of Egypt. 2 And it shall be, when ye are come nigh unto the battle, that the priest shall approach and speak unto the people, 3 And shall say unto them, Hear, O Israel, ye approach this day unto battle against your enemies: let not your hearts faint, fear not, and do not tremble, neither be ye terrified because of them; 4 For the Lord your God is he that goeth with you, to fight for you against your enemies, to save you. 5 And the officers shall speak unto the people, saying, What man is there that hath built a new house, and hath not dedicated it? let him go and return to his house, lest he die in the battle, and another man dedicate it. 6 And what man is he that hath planted a vineyard, and hath not yet eaten of it? let him also go and return unto his house, lest he die in the battle, and another man eat of it. 7 And what man is there that hath betrothed a wife, and hath not taken her? let him go and return unto his house, lest he die in the battle, and another man take her. 8 And the officers shall speak further unto the people, and they shall say, What man is there that is fearful and fainthearted? let him go and return unto his house, lest his brethren's heart faint as well as his heart. Deuteronomy 20:1-8
When thou goest out to battle against thine enemies, and seest horses, and chariots, and a people more than thou, be not afraid of them….
You will see enemies. They are real. They are not imaginary. You will see horses, chariots, things bigger than you.
You have a choice to look up or to look at the enemies, chariots and people…
Ignoring your problem is not faith; it is foolishness. Faith is looking at those problems with the eyes of scripture.
2. Step Out:
You can not expect to succeed by maintaining the status quo, or remaining at the same spot. Go for something New.
Deuteronomy 20:8… And the officers shall speak further unto the people, and they shall say, What man is there that is fearful and fainthearted? let him go and return unto his house, lest his brethren's heart faint as well as his heart.
Fear and faintheartedness has devastating effects. They destroy you and your company.
3. Moses also asked them to bring fruit:
Only courageous people will pluck the fruit of the year, the land, the territory. Your disposition is what will determine if you want it.
30 And Caleb stilled the people before Moses, and said, Let us go up at once, and possess it; for we are well able to overcome it. 31 But the men that went up with him said, We be not able to go up against the people; for they are stronger than we. 32 And they brought up an evil report of the land which they had searched unto the children of Israel, saying, The land, through which we have gone to search it, is a land that eateth up the inhabitants thereof; and all the people that we saw in it are men of a great stature.33 And there we saw the giants, the sons of Anak, which come of the giants: and we were in our own sight as grasshoppers, and so we were in their sight. Numbers 13:30-33
One agent of discouragement is self-pity.
Your circumstances are not supposed to left unchallenged.
You don’t attract self-pity and sympathy to yourself. No! react to your circumstance if you don’t like it.
The channel of the anointing:
i. Contact a higher level of anointing via fasting and prayer.
ii. Secondly, connect to a higher grace or anointing which is resident on your man of God.
1 Samuel 10:1,9
1 Then Samuel took a vial of oil, and poured it upon his head, and kissed him, and said, Is it not because the Lord hath anointed thee to be captain over his inheritance?
9 And it was so, that when he had turned his back to go from Samuel, God gave him another heart: and all those signs came to pass that day.
A man’s heart is the real man. The oil was poured upon his head but it affected his heart. The anointing is a heart issue.
It happened to David too. 1 Samuel 16:13…Then Samuel took the horn of oil, and anointed him in the midst of his brethren: and the Spirit of the Lord came upon David from that day forward. So Samuel rose up, and went to Ramah.
The anointing brings the Holy Spirit and He is the quickener. He brings about a heart transplant. A lions heart was planted in him and he no longer knew fear.
Secondly, the WORD channel:
These are the agents that will treat your heart for encouragement or discouragement.
There are two levels of the Word:
(i) The hearing, believing, assimilating and meditating part.
- It involves taking the word and chewing it. Chewing and absorbing it.
(ii) The second aspect is speaking the word.
1 Timothy 4:13-15…
13 Till I come, give attendance to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine. 14 Neglect not the gift that is in thee, which was given thee by prophecy, with the laying on of the hands of the presbytery. 15 Meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to them; that thy profiting may appear to all.
2 Corinthians 4:13...We having the same spirit of faith, according as it is written, I believed, and therefore have I spoken; we also believe, and therefore speak;
…We believe and therefore speak.
The way to generate energy through the hearing process is to speak it out. You release the power in the word through speaking
1 And he said unto me, Son of man, stand upon thy feet, and I will speak unto thee. 2 And the spirit entered into me when he spake unto me, and set me upon my feet, that I heard him that spake unto me. Ezekiel 2:1-2
Jesus said the words that I speak unto you are Spirit and they are life (John 6:63).
As a man hears the Word of God, the Spirit of courage is injected.
David received the anointing through the hands of Samuel but sustained and increased it by the fruits of his lips.
You will hear David say in Psalms 91:2…“I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress….”.
“The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want”… Psalms 23:1
“The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?” Psalm 27:1.
“Blessed be the Lord my strength which teacheth my hands to war, and my fingers to fight:” Psalms 144:1.
Every time he spoke like that the Spirit of courage is released and infused into his spirit. But you can not speak what you have not eaten. What you eat determines your speech. Your speech can not be more profound than what you are eating.
Make your demand now if you don’t like your lot:
God has appointed you for greatness, but it does not come on a platter of gold.
14 And the children of Joseph spake unto Joshua, saying, Why hast thou given me but one lot and one portion to inherit, seeing I am a great people, forasmuch as the Lord hath blessed me hitherto? 15 And Joshua answered them, If thou be a great people, then get thee up to the wood country, and cut down for thyself there in the land of the Perizzites and of the giants, if mount Ephraim be too narrow for thee. 16 And the children of Joseph said, The hill is not enough for us: and all the Canaanites that dwell in the land of the valley have chariots of iron, both they who are of Bethshean and her towns, and they who are of the valley of Jezebel. 17 And Joshua spake unto the house of Joseph, even to Ephraim and to Manasseh, saying, Thou art a great people, and hast great power: thou shalt not have one lot only: 18 But the mountain shall be thine; for it is a wood, and thou shalt cut it down: and the outgoings of it shall be thine: for thou shalt drive out the Canaanites, though they have iron chariots, and though they be strong. Joshua 17:14-18
“The Wood Country” is waiting for you. Virgin lands are waiting for the manifestation of sons. The Perizzites and the giants are still there but are only permitted by God to occupy until you arise. You are not small in Christ.