You can't sit around and do nothing and expect something big to happen. He wants you to be strong and courageous. Never let the word of God leave your mouth. You don't get credit for how much bible you learn, you receive credit on how much bible you live. We should be moving forward together. The greatest resources that God has given us is the gift of one another. The will of God can not be achieved apart from community. You should move forward with the people of God.
You should aspire to be a covenant partner. You can be a Christian by yourself, but you can't be a good one. It takes a community to become a Christian. The will of God on your life can only be achieved in the community.
1. GET READY
"Then Joshua said to the people of Reuben, Gad, and East Manasseh, Remember what Moses, the servant of the Lord, told you. He said the Lord your God would give you rest and would give you this land." (Joshua 1:12-13)
You become valuable to others and others become valuable to you. You can't get God's best being lazy. Sometimes the hardest thing to get through is not the external obstacle but the internal obstacle. You can learn how to conquer you or you can conquer the foe that is coming at you. The biggest issue is if you can get "me" together, then you can take on anything that comes your way. Prepare yourself and what the world will throw at you. God has great things for us! We have to get ready! We can not wait for someone else to fight our battles for us. We must prepare ourselves. You can't wait till it's time to start getting ready.
2. BE SELFLESS
"Now the Lord has given you this land east of the Jordan River. Your wives, children, and animals may stay here, but your fighting men must dress for war and cross the Jordan River ahead of your brothers to help them. The Lord has given you a place to rest and will do the same for your brothers. But you must help them until they take the land the Lord their God is giving them. Then you may return to your own land east of the Jordan River, the land that Moses, the servant of the Lord, gave you." (Joshua 1:14-15)
You are enjoying but you can't rest while your brothers are rest-less. If life is good for you right now, you can not sit back on your spiritual morals. Just because your life is good does not mean the ones around you are good as well. The scripture teaches us that we must help each other achieve our promises. If you have tasted the "rest" you must help the ones who are "rest-less." You must be there and fight for somebody else's because you never know when you need somebody to fight for you.
3. BE OBEDIENT
"Then the people answered Joshua, "Anything you command us to do, we will do. Any place you send us, we will go. Just as we fully obeyed Moses, we will obey you." (Joshua 1:16-17)
There is no blessing without obedience. The Kingdom of God is not a democracy. It is a Kingdom where a King commands. The only part of say you have in the Kingdom is to obey Every living person must submit to a governmental authority that God has set up. Whether that is children submitting to parents, players submitting to coaches or workers submitting to their boss. We must all submit and obey someone. God is King and we are subjects. You and I must all be submitted to someone. You can't dog your leaders and expect a favor. Obedience brings the blessing. If you want a blessing you must be obedient.
4. TALK "GOD TALK"
"Whoever refuses to obey your commands or turns against you will be put to death. Just be strong and brave!" (Joshua 1:18)
We must surround ourselves around people who have "God talk." The word says you should forgive "70x7" or your father will not forgive you. All week long strive to listen and use "God talk." Simple as that!
"All things are possible, if you believe." Mark 9:23
"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 NKJV
If life was easy, why would we need faith? Why would we need to go somewhere higher up if we could do it ourself? That's why he creates certain situations so that we can go to Him. He tells us in his word to be strong and be courageous. Life throws an abundance of corrupt and heart-trembling situations. When life isn't going your way, that's when God is looking for you to go to Him. In life, you will learn that you can't do things by yourself. We need God's help and there's nothing wrong with that. When you feel stuck in life, do not feel afraid or down because the Lord says that he will go where you go. You will never be alone!! God is in all of us! We have to put our faith in Him and believe in his word, ourselves and the others around us. Believing is a powerful thing y'all. Do me a favor and "Believe in Yourself", "Believe in Each Other."