Scripture Reading: Joshua 1:1-18
Welcome to today’s devotional. Frank A. Dickson said, “If you find a path with no obstacle it probably doesn’t lead anywhere.” What is it that God has spoken to you about that you need to do? Write down the major thing God has spoken to you about. One of the things that I have learned in life is that when God has shown us something to do, courage is needed to fulfill it. True courage is connected with profound faith. The ability to look at opposition and resistance and to turn away from counter-opinions, takes courage. To make an impact or a transformation implies that someone has to pay a price of courage! “Courage is the only force that induces us to meet peril, disaster and melancholy with calmness, poise, tranquility, fearlessness and confidence.”
At the Heart-Cry for Revival Conference in April 2008, Crawford Loritts gave a message which will guide our reflection today. Joshua 1:1-18 is perhaps the greatest biblical text on courage. In Joshua chapter one, we read of the personal conversation God had with Joshua. The theme of this conversation is one word – courage! After the death of Moses, the time of mourning was over and Joshua must move ahead. God commissioned thus, “Now therefore arise, go over this Jordan, you and all this people, into the land that I am giving to them, to the people of Israel.” God is saying something like, “Joshua, these Canaanites will oppose you taking their land.” In the words of Elisabeth Elliot, “Jesus Christ has not called us to a playground, but He has called us to a battlefield.” God is warning Joshua: They want you dead. But you need to be courageous and persevere!” Courage rests upon focused determination. Courage calls up sacrifice. Secondly, courage rests upon the assurance of God’s presence and upon focused determination. Once God tells you what to do, all you are to concern yourself with is everything in your life is focused on that.
Are you lacking in courage? The Holy Spirit is the only great and mighty power you need to be filled with the grace that enables you to carry out even the most difficult of tasks. Pope Francis said, “With the gift of fortitude (courage), the Holy Spirit frees the soil of our heart from torpor [inactivity], uncertainties and all the fears that can stop it…, this gift of fortitude gives us strength and frees us from many obstacles.”
MASS: GREEN/WHITE Gen. 21:5.8-20; Ps 34:7-8. 10-11.12-13(R.7a); Accl. James 1:18; Matt. 8:28-34 ST. ANTHONY MARY ZACCARIA, P. (Opt Mem)
- Thank God for His encouraging words this morning.
- Make the following declaration, “Away from me Satan! For I will worship the Lord my God and serve Him only. Get behind me Satan for you no longer have dominion over me. You can no longer constitute a stumbling block to me and my enterprise. My Lord has given me authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and overcome all the powers of the enemy. Nothing will harm me. My Lord has given me the boldness, courage and spiritual strength to stand against you Satan, today. Glory be to His name. Amen.
Exercise: Holy Spirit grant me the gift of fortitude I beseech You, in Jesus name. Amen. (3x)
Meditation: Num. 13:20