Now God was coming to Joshua to tell him, “I’m the same I AM with you as I AM with Moses.” God is coming to us by the power of His Word, saying, “I AM THAT I AM. I AM. As I was with Moses, as I was with Joshua, so I AM with you.” It’s not something you’ve got to try to get. It’s already yours. Just walk in it.
Now look at God’s promise to Joshua in 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. How can you be afraid of anybody when God is your Protector? Rodney Howard Browne explains that no one’s going to be able to stand against you, because God will not fail you.
Many times people say, “I know Jesus is my protector and I shouldn’t be afraid, but you don’t know my circumstances.” No, you may know your circumstances, but you don’t know God’s promises like you say you do. Rodney Howard Browne teaches that if you really knew Jesus as your protector, you wouldn’t go to pieces, working on your next nervous breakdown.
Can’t you see Joshua getting braver and braver as God tells him:
I will not fail thee nor forsake you. 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.
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 whithersoever thou goest.
It takes courage, but when you put your eyes on Jesus, keep them on Him and don’t look to the left or to the right, you’re going to be blessed in every area of your life — blessed coming in, blessed going out, blessed in the city blessed in the field, blessed rising up, blessed lying down, blessed, blessed, blessed, blessed.
Joshua 1:8 says: This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night. This is the secret to success: meditating continually on God’s Word, speaking it and thinking it constantly. Do that with Psalm 91: I will say of the Lord, He’s my refuge. Rodney Howard Browne teaches us to take these scriptures and carry them around with you and think about them. Meditate on the Word of God. To meditate on the Word of God, you learn it and you talk about it with your family. “He’s our strong tower. He’s our refuge. He’s our fortress.” You’re excited about it, so you talk about it.
When you meditate that way, and when you speak that way; the Bible says you’re going to make your way prosperous, and you’re going to have good success. Be strong, He said, and of a good courage; be not afraid; neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest (v. 9). He is also with you!
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