"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."
(Joshua 1:7 KJV)
Joshua is thought to be the greatest Israelite military leader in all Bible History. Our Awesome God had Moses train and helped him to become the man God needed to take the place of Moses and be a military leader. He needed to be reminded to "Only be thou strong and very courageous,..." as God said. Joshua did many things in unusual ways with God's direction and help.
Here are a few things the Bible mentions about Joshua; 1) Joshua was born as a slave in Egypt, about 40 years before the Exodus. He was the son of Nun, of the tribe of Ephraim (1 Chronicles 7:20,27). 2) Joshua was an active participant in the Exodus, and was Moses' military commander when the Israelites defeated the Amalekites at Rephidim (Exodus 17:8-16). 3) Joshua was a close aide to Moses. He was permitted to accompany him part of the way up Mount Sinai when Moses received The Ten Commandments from God. (Exodus 32:15-21). 4) After the taking of the city of Jericho, Joshua led the Israelites on their campaign to take the land that God had commanded them to live in - 6 nations and 31 kings fell to them (Joshua 11:18-23, 12:24). 5) Joshua died at the age of 110, 25 years after the Israelites entered into the Promised Land (Joshua 24:28-30).
As long as Joshua did exactly as Our Awesome God told him, he won the battle or succeeded at what he tried to do. When he left God's Path by "turning to the right or left", he lost what he was striving for. What "battles" could we win if we would "turn not from it to the right hand or to the left," but did what God directs? Joshua led his people with the help of Our Awesome God to overcome 6 nations and 31 kings. Can we, with God's help, bring back our own Christian nation?
What has Our Awesome God told us to do that we are not doing? Read your Bible, listen to God and make yourself available to do it. First pray and ask for God's direction and blessing. Then go to a church that offers you help and encouragement and ask for God's help to start doing it!
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Flo & Bill