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I believe it doesn’t matter what setting you’re serving the Lord in; a big church, a small church, by building a relationship with your neighbor, writing books, influencing in social media, or if you feel like you’re not influencing anyone at all. Be courageous in the Calling He has placed in you.
And if you’re seeking Him, then you can trust that He is guiding you. If you’re surrendered to Him, then you can rest assured that He will accomplish everything He desires to, both in and through you.
After the death of Moses the servant of the Lord, the Lord said to Joshua son of Nun, Moses’ aide: 2 “Moses my servant is dead. Now then, you and all these people, get ready to cross the Jordan River into the land I am about to give to them—to the Israelites. 3 I will give you every place where you set your foot, as I promised Moses. 4 Your territory will extend from the desert to Lebanon, and from the great river, the Euphrates—all the Hittite country—to the Mediterranean Sea in the west. 5 No one will be able to stand against you all the days of your life. As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you. 6 Be strong and courageous, because you will lead these people to inherit the land I swore to their ancestors to give them.
7 “Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go. 8 Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. 9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”
Arise and Go
In verse 1, there is the first of three charges that we see given to Joshua. God says “Now therefore arise, go.”
This verb for arise means to get up after sleeping, reclining or kneeling. I believe there are some of you listening who have been reclining and maybe even sleeping and to you, God is saying it’s time to get up. In fact, this is a call to the whole church. My friend, the mission of God can’t get accomplished without the people of God rising up.
Ant today, I want to say to you, if you want the people you lead to rise up, you have got to rise up and step boldly into the things that God has called you to. Action in the masses begins with action in the few. If you have a longing to see God move in your community, your church, in your family… Then allow Him to Move YOU.
Now, maybe you hear this and you think to yourself “I haven’t been asleep!” Well, good. Another variant of the verb arise is to get up from kneeling. So, maybe you’ve been kneeling. And what a beautiful thing that is; to prepare on your knees. If you’re going to lead, or launch a dream in your heart, you sure better begin on your knees. So, that’s great. But, you can’t stay on your knees forever.
And now is the time to arise. To stand up and go forth in leading wherever it is that God has called you.
Joshua had to arise because you can’t step into the promise of God if he don’t stand up. Faith without works is dead. So, you can believe God for a promise all you want, but if you’re not willing to be moved by Him to action, then you won’t see that promise come to fruition.
You prepare for battle, for mission, for leadership on your knees. But you actually do those things from your feet. So, my friend. Arise.
This leads into a second charge that God gives Joshua in this passage. Did you catch it? It’s to inherit the land. He says ‘I’ll give you every place where you set your foot…
He’s saying every place you put your feet, you will have access to. Notice that Joshua was about to finish the task that Moses began and lead the Israelites into the Promised Land. God had already promised the land to the Israelite people. It was theirs. But in order to have access to it, they had to step into it.
To them, God was saying you’ll get to enjoy as much as you put your feet on. And for you, God might be giving a similar charge today.
If God has spoken a promise to your heart, or given a dream to you, it’s going to take some action on your behalf to see it happen. You may know that new territory sounds great until you realize the work that comes with it. And Joshua was leading the people into a season of work. So just because God has spoken something to you, doesn’t mean you get to just sit back with your feet up.
If God has given you a dream of seeing your community transformed; it’s going to take work.
If he has called you to the mission field. It will take work.
If he has tasked you with starting a ministry, or leading a church. It. Will. Take. Work.
Have you ever noticed that God has seemingly always been inviting His people to work alongside Him? To join him as co-creators? From Genesis to Revelation we see It. God works through His people. And the beautiful thing is that by His love and because of His grace, He sent His Holy Spirit to empower His people to accomplish the things He called them to.
Think of when Jesus gives the great commission. He tells His followers to wait for the Holy Spirit. Because then…. Then…. They will receive the power to carry out the calling.
There is a third charge that I want to share with you from this passage. It’s this:
No man shall be able to stand before you… I will be with you. I will not leave you or forsake you. Be strong and courageous… Repeated 3 times in 4 verses and again later in this chapter.
Charge number 3 is to “be strong and courageous”.
Wow. I don’t know about you. But for me, this one hits me in the gut.
There have been plenty of times in my life and ministry that I haven’t felt very strong or courageous. And, I’ll tell ya what. I’ve made some choices in life and ministry that have led people around me to question my sanity. I left a great ministry position and moved to a new city, not knowing a single person in response to God’s call to plant a church. Hardly over a year later, my brand new husband and I accepted a stirring within us to leave everything to move across the country for a move that certainly didn’t add up in our minds.
There are times in life and leadership that God calls you to things that you may not know if you have the strength to carry out. But, You. Don’t. Have. To.
The strength and courage of Joshua doesn’t come from the land and it doesn’t come from the people. It comes from the “with-ness” of God. The charge to be strong and courageous is made possible because, and only because God is with them.
So, my friend. The charge to Arise. Go. And take the land. Is possible because God is with them. And for you, the charge to arise, go and take the land that God has called you to is possible because He is with you.
This third charge is tied to a call to obey the instruction of the Lord; to stay near to Him like a child who is dependent upon a mother; it’s a call to be submitted to Him.
And. it’s the same for you.
When you commit to keeping the instructions of God, to say near to him, to submit yourself to him. He will be with you.
Think with me about John 15. It’s the passage where Jesus is telling his followers how He is the vine. They’re the branches. Remain in him and you’ll bear fruit. Don’t remain and you’ll be cut off.
When you learn to find your whole source of life, identity, sustenance in the presence of God, you can’t help but bear fruit because Jesus is in you.
When you find yourself in Jesus, submit to him and surrender to Him, you won’t be able to help but boldly walked into the promises that He has given you. Because when Jesus is with you, when His spirit is in you, you will be empowered to carry out the task that He has set before you.
So, friend. Wherever you are today, whatever you feel and whatever God has set before you…. Arise. Go. Walk boldly into the space that God has called you to lead. You can, because He is with you.
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