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After the death of Moses, Joshua assumes the mantle of leadership with the children of Israel. In the first nine verses of chapter one, God challenges Joshua three different times to be stong and courageous. God is about to fulfill His promise to the children of Israel by bringing them into the promised land. God tells Joshua to be strong and courageous because he is called to lead the people into the land. They will be prosperous and successful therefore be stong and courageous. Great advice to Joshua, but what’s the source of his encouragement? The answer is found in two promises that God gives to Joshua. The first promise is found in verse 5, “As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I WILL NEVER LEAVE YOU NOR FORSAKE YOU.” The second promise is found in verse 9, “Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”

Discouragement can be the achilles heal of the believer. It robs us of joy while questioning God’s presence in our lives. As a result we grow weary and tired. Paul speaks of discouragement in his letter to the Galatians (6:9). Paul writes, “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” Do not let discouragement rob you of your joy and service. Remember, God’s promise to every believer is the same promise He gave to Joshua. He will never leave us or forsake us and he will be with us in every situation. No matter what you face today, hear God’s word for us–“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous!”

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