The first chapter of the Book of Joshua contains some valuable counsel for a victorious Christian life. We must realize initially that our victory lies in Jesus Christ. As we consider Him and keep our eyes upon Him, our strength to fight the good fight of faith increases. Joshua was about to fill some big shoes in those of Moses, the servant of the Lord, the meekest man among them. What Joshua needed to hear, we too need to hear as we bear the torch of evangelism in our generation.
First of all, God told Joshua that He would never leave him nor forsake him. Do those words sound familiar? What did our blessed Savior tell His disciples at the end of Matthew’s gospel? What did the Holy Ghost speak to the persecuted, fainting Hebrew Christians in Hebrews 13:5b? What does Jesus promise His sheep in John 10:28? He will never leave us and we will never perish!
We can effectively do battle in this life because the war and enmity between God and man is over! We are accepted in the Beloved, sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise, a child of God by faith in Jesus Christ. When the soul truly receives the grace of God, there is enabling grace to obtain victory.
Many people believe in vain and refuse to use God’s bestowed grace in their lives. You must mix the promises of God with faith if you expect to be “more than a conqueror” in Christ. As long as we look to our own merit or performance for strength, we will always come up short. However, when we look to Jesus with a true heart and full assurance of faith, we have His precious promise of power, love and a sound mind. Christ strengthens us because He knows that by human strength no man can prevail.
Our Savior was forsaken that we might never be forsaken! Know today whom you have believed and allow His holy calling and grace to lift you unto victory. Love never fails, and our God, who is love, will not fail you. So be strong and courageous!