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: 8-9
You never know when your leadership moment is going to occur. For Joshua it has come on the heels of the death of Moses and now he has been thrust into the leadership spotlight. The leadership style that brought them to the brink of Canaan was not going to be the leadership style going forward.
God always puts you in the right place at the right time to meet a specific need. Joshua is commissioned by God for the task at hand and is given commands that are just as pertinent for us today as they were then.
1) Be strong – To lead the people and to fulfill God’s purpose on your life you need to be a strong.
2) Be of good courage – God’s assignments are bold and will take courage. God was speaking to him to be ready.
3) Don’t be dismayed – In other words- don’t be discouraged. At times the task before us can appear to be overwhelming and above our pay-grade but that is not for us to worry about. Our responsibility is to trust God who has called us.
If there is one thing I have learned in my years of leadership is that sometimes it’s easy to be afraid. But God sympathizes with our weakness and is ready to come to our aid if we will simply trust Him. Take to heart the commission to Joshua and be strong, be of good courage, and don’t be discouraged. When you lead from a knowledge that God is on your side it will make the easy steps lighter and the hard ones bearable knowing that He will never leave you or forsake you! Stay strong!
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