Carey Lewis Devotions
Friday, August 12th, 2011
Friends To Success: Strength And Courage
Then He inaugurated Joshua the son of Nun, and said, 'Be strong and of good courage.'
Deuteronomy 31:23 (NKJV)
'Be strong and of good courage' (Joshua 1:6). '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).

'Only be strong and of good courage' (Joshua 1:18).

'Then Joshua said to them, 'Do not be afraid, nor be dismayed; be strong and of good courage, for thus the Lord will do to all your enemies against whom you fight' ' (Joshua 10:25).

Is God repeating Himself? Yes! Repetition of God's words in our ears is necessary. In this case, it's a victory drive--marching orders every successful soldier must embrace.

We've got major Bible action going on here. The mighty Moses is about to die after leading the Jews from Egypt through the wilderness for 40 years. He gives final instructions to his second-in-command, Joshua, who must take the Jews into the Promised Land--through a series of terrifying wars against established armies in fortified cities.

Joshua is scared.

The first 'Be strong and of good courage' order is from Moses to Joshua. The second, third, and fourth orders are directly from God. Obviously, Joshua was facing some doubts. The final one is from Joshua to his army. Joshua has embraced God's order, and now he passes it on to them.

What's the message in these five verses to actors, models, and talent for Christ?

You are God's soldiers in an army of lights, camera, and action, and you are entering the promised land of entertainment. When you face established giants, it's natural to feel fear. Yet, through this fear, remember God's promises, embrace His orders, and expect the victory that awaits you.

P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Enemies and Friends To Success series.

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"I labored, yet not I. By the grace of God, I am what I am, and do what I do' (paraphrase of 1 Corinthians 15:10). I love God's Word. As a late-in-life committed Christian with no Bible training prior to age 51, some people wonder how I'm qualified to write devotions. I wonder that, too. But God loves children and fools for Him. I am both. Ghost Writer? God.

Carey Lewis

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