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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Tuesday, April 4, 2017
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Today’s scripture reading:
Many people think that prosperity and success come form having power, influential personal contacts, and a relentless desire to get ahead. But the strategy for gaining prosperity that God taught Joshua goes against such criteria. He said that to succeed Joshua must (1) be strong and courageous because the task ahead would not be easy, (2) obey God’s law, and (3) constantly read and study the Book of the Law—God’s Word. To be successful, follow God’s words to Joshua. You may not succeed by the world’s standards, but you will be a success in God’s eyes—and his opinion lasts forever. (NLT)
Joshua 1:1-9 – After the death of Moses the Lord’s servant, the Lord spoke to Joshua son of Nun, Moses’ assistant. He said, “Now that my servant Moses is dead, you must lead my people across the Jordan River into the land I am giving them. I promise you what I promised Moses: ‘Everywhere you go, you will be on land I have given you—from the Negev Desert in the south to the Lebanon mountains in the north, from the Euphrates River on the east to the Mediterranean Sea on the west, and all the land of the Hittites.’ No one will be able to stand their ground against you as long as you live. For I will be with you as I was with Moses. I will not fail you or abandon you.
“Be strong and courageous, for you will lead my people to possess all the land I swore to give their ancestors. Be strong and very courageous. Obey all the laws Moses gave you. Do not turn away from them, and you will be successful in everything you do. Study this Book of the Law continually. Meditate on it day and night so you may be sure to obey all that is written in it. Only then will you succeed. Command you—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
Keep alert, stand firm in your faith, be courageous, be strong. Let all that you do be done in love. –1 Corinthians 16:13-14 (NRSV)
- Stephen Smith’s (Texas) story is titled “STRONG AND COURAGEOUS;” here is a portion of C. Stephen’s story:
“. . . Like Joshua, I drew courage and strength from God’s promise, trusting that God would be with us and with our departing friends.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – Christian fellowship is a gift from God.
Prayer: Thank you, God, for the gift of fellowship with other believers. Grant us the courage and strength to love one another. Amen.
To read the rest of the story in The Upper Room, click on the following link: http://devotional.upperroom.org/