Dear Father,

Help us to be better in our ways, help us to trust in you even when we feel as though that situation we are in is too difficult, may we stand firm on your promises, love, assurance and our faith in you to see us through. Heavenly Father you are all we need in life, may we be patient in our ways and focused on you to lead us to greater and better. We thank you for being our Father and trust in you in all our ways. So help us Father. Amen

JOSHUA 1:9 ‘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.’

Whatever you face in life, always be encouraged to know that God has you and has not left you. In Joshua 1:9 there are different points we can take away from it to be encouraged and reminded of God’s hand upon us. No matter how difficult life gets and what is thrown our way we must remember whose we are and all He has promised us. No man is above God and no man can cause you to miss out on all that God has for you.

We must learn to be our best encouragers because even though others can encourage us, it will not always be constant, people can be fickle and so they will encourage you today and tomorrow be the same ones condemning your actions. You should never expect to receive affirmations and encouragement 24/7 from man, it will not happen and keeps one unstable and unsure of self if they do not receive this.

Know the promises of God and recite them to yourselves when you need to pull through a situation mentally and spiritually, alongside prayers. The presence of the Lord is upon us always so it is best to go to Him always and not as second best. We have every reason and right to be strong, bold and courageous because of whose we are.

Let us break this scripture down-

-       ‘Have I not commanded you?’

By asking this Q one can say it could be seen as a rhetorical Q, God was testing and reminding Joshua, for the simple fact that when God commands us we must follow and trust in Him. No matter how difficult situations are around us. We must hold on and know that for Him to command us to do something, has our best interest at heart.

-       ‘Be strong and courageous’ –

To be strong is to ‘have the power to move and carry heavy weights, to fulfil demanding tasks, to perform well, to be a powerful leader, to withstand force, pressure, to not easily be disturbed and upset or affected.’

Notice the powerful definition of someone who is strong, and that someone is all of us, we must be strong willed and able to endure when trials come our way, God is asking us to be strong, because ahead of time He sees what we will face and the determination and requirement it takes to maintain being strong. Under His right hand, we cant be weak and say we are God’s children because His requirement is for us to be strong willed and He will help us to be this, because in our own might we will always fail but with Him we exceed our own abilities and strength.

‘To be courageous is ‘not be deterred by danger or pain, but to be brave.’ To not be prevented or discouraged when danger befalls us, because we have God, we can face all struggles and danger that comes our way. A courageous person does not bow down to danger, but walks through it with the mindset that they will endure and come out untouched because every situation that has a beginning has an ending too.

-       ‘Do not be afraid’

To be afraid is to have the feeling of fear or anxiety, to be frightened and to worry. Firstly, it instructs us in Phil 4:6 ‘Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.’

The bible instructs us to not be anxious but to pray over everything, God knows that as humans we will face things and worry over them, feel anxiety and not cope, so He instructs us to pray, to take away that anxiety, be equipped to handle what comes our way and communicate our worries with Him and not others, to stay focused - on track not distracted by anxieties and fear, that rob us of our joy. As it also says in 2 Tim 1:7 ‘For God has not given us the spirit of fear, but of power (to do exploits), love (to exude His love to others) and self-control’ to be led in spirit and not in flesh.

When we look at the natural we can get carried away with what we see and if not careful will let that dictate our actions and distance us from God. He is telling us to not allow ourselves to be crippled by fear and what we see in the natural, when the spiritual is yet to manifest the answers to our prayers.


-       ‘Do not be discouraged.’

To be discouraged is to lose confidence or enthusiasm, or be disheartened. God is telling us not to be discouraged, we can have good times and feel like everything is great, but that doesn’t mean we wont face bad times and its in those bad times we should not fall into being discouraged, when all things are temporary and doesn’t last forever, don’t allow your joy and peace to be robbed based on temporary situations, that you can pray your way through.

-       ‘For the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.’

He finishes of this command reminding and assuring us that He will be with us wherever we go, His hand will never depart from us, He will never leave us nor forsake us. Let us be reminded of this and not act as if we are alone the moment tough times come.