The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Deuteronomy 31:8
Doing something that is different and very dangerous can be very scary for someone to attempt. While doing a difficult and dangerous thing one can also get discouraged if it does not move along fast enough.
Fear and discouragement hold many people back from trying to do something new. Often this is because they are alone and do not want to be harmed or to fail. There is no one to strengthen or encourage them.
Moses told Joshua that God would go before him and be with him; that God would never leave him, so he should not be afraid or discouraged.
The Israelites were getting ready to go into a new land and physically fight against the enemies to destroy them and take over the land. Very few people today will ever have to go into a land to destroy the enemy. Only the few in the military will have that experience.
However, every person, who is a believer, will have to go in and take some spiritual land. This may be land in one’s own life, or land in the lives of other people.
The world, under the influence of Satan, is out to steal, kill and destroy all mankind. Greed and pride are used to lure people into sin and death and away from God. They will fight against believers with whatever it takes.
Many believers back down from the fight out of fear. Others will start the fight, then quit out of discouragement.
Although the battle is fierce and dangerous, the believer must know that God is with him and goes before him to be a witness and draw people from the snares of death. He does not have to fear. He should be encouraged that God is with Him all the way.
In your life you will have many battles that need to be fought. Some will be against sin and temptation in your life. Other battles will be for the souls of other people around you.
The world will do what it can to stop you and discourage you in the battle. Being wounded will occur and the enemy will appear large and undefeatable, but God is with you.
Do not give in to fear or discouragement, but trust God as you fight this war.
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will know God’s presence in your life; that God will strengthen you to remove all fear; that you will be encouraged with God’s presence; and that you will be His witness in this world.
See, the Lord your God has given you the land. Go up and take possession of it as the Lord, the God of your ancestors, told you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Deuteronomy 1:21
Throughout history nations have invaded other nations and taken the land for their own possession. Individuals have also taken land from other individuals.
While some will have courage to take new lands, others will hold back in fear and never expand. Some will also attempt to take some land but stop due to the difficulties that bring on discouragement.
Moses told the Israelites that were to go in a take the land God promised them without being afraid or discouraged.
Taking land from an enemy will be a costly and dangerous mission to accomplish. No one will give up land freely without a battle.
Although the Israelites were going in to physically take some physical land, believers are to take land today, however, not physical land but spiritual land.
Satan, with the world, has taken the hearts and minds of the people–a spiritual land. Hearts and minds have been given over to the control of sin and death.
Once a person becomes a believer, he is now the enemy to the world and on God’s side to take back what the devil has stolen. As a witness for Jesus, the believer is to go out and take back the hearts of men and women for God. These hearts are of those who are in the workplace, neighborhood, family, city, nation or anywhere else one may be.
Just as taking physical land is difficult and dangerous, so it is with taking the hearts of people. The world will rise up to fight back which can cause fear or discouragement, however, the believer is to have no fear or discouragement, because God will be with him as he takes possession for God.
All around you are people who have been taken captive by the world and Satan. Those people are headed to hell and it is part of your responsibility to take back the land (people) God has put in your life.
Do not allow yourself to be afraid of the world and what it may say or do as you are a witness of Jesus. And do not allow yourself to get discouraged when some will reject the message you bring.
Fight to take the land God has put before you.
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will be a witness for Jesus wherever you go; that you will point many people to Jesus; that God will draw many through your testimony; and that God’s kingdom will be built daily through you.