Joshua 1:5 – There shall not any man be able to stand before thee all the days of thy life: as I was with Moses, so I will be with thee: I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.
Joshua 1:6 – Be strong and of a good courage: for unto this people shalt thou divide for an inheritance the land, which I sware unto their fathers to give them.
Joshua 1:7 – 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 1:8 – This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.
Joshua 1:9 – Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.
You want to talk about amazing verses in the Bible, read these, read Joshua 1 for yourself. Read it over and over again, these are words we all need to hear and lay to heart. Hello readers, today I am talking about “Canaan land is Courage land”. Canaan requires courage. There is no Canaan without courage. We must have a faith that has courage. And it takes God to give you courage. “Have not I commanded thee”? That should give you courage. It gave Joshua courage. Joshua’s courage came from what God commanded him to do. He wasn’t just going on his own little adventure, he was going in under the authority and commission and power of God’s word. “For the LORD thy God is with thee”. Is he with you? Do you live like he is with you in these days?
There something missing from Christians today, and there seems to be a lot missing doesn’t there, but the thing missing particularly in 2021 is called courage. Paul wrote this to Timothy, his son in the faith, in 2 Timothy 1:7 “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” Paul knew Timothy would face fear. Fear in the ministry, because he would be dealing with opposition and adversaries and false accusations and rejection. People today are possessed by fear. It owns them. Did you know fear is a spirit? And that spirit has swept our land, just like it swept through the camp of the children of the Israel when those spies had returned those forty years ago. And that spirit of fear took their hearts from God’s word, it took their courage, and it lead them to disobey God’s word.
Where do you get courage from? You can’t go to the shop and buy it. But you can go somewhere to get it. And the key is in Joshua 1, you go to God’s word to get courage. Hey, God’s word is the truth, this isn’t the word of man gibberish mickey mouse stuff. The more you read and believe and obey the Bible, the more courage God will pour into your heart. God gives courage, and if there is a spirit of fear sweeping through your heart, God’s word is a spirit of love and power and might that will cast that fear out. Our courage is tied to the word of God, the word that Christians have been cut off from. And they’re as shaved of their strength as Samson was his hair and his power. So get in the book. Joshua’s courage came from knowing the word of God, and not letting it depart from his heart, mind and life. Remember, Joshua had a different spirit just like Caleb, they were the two spies who went in and said, let’s go, let’s take this land God has promised us. Their courage paid off didn’t it, because they saw Canaan land, they felt Canaan soil under their feet which nobody else in their generation ever would. You can step land that all else are too afraid to enter.
You cannot conquer Canaan land without courage. You cannot possess, while you are possessed. You know that spirit of fear that swept through the camp of Israel? Well… forty years later it had swept through Canaan, and it was in Jericho. It wasn’t in the camp of Israel anymore, it was in the cities of the inhabitants of the land. True strength is spiritual strength, that is the strength we need. You know what’s better than numbers and guns and armies? Spiritual strength. Be strong in spirit. John the Baptist was, Jesus was. Spiritual strength will beat physical might, it did back then, and it will again today. David had more spiritual strength than Goliath, physically he was smaller, but spiritually he was bigger. We are not the ones that should be possessed by fear, it is the enemies of God that truly have something to fear.
Read this verse, Philippians 1:28 “And in nothing terrified by your adversaries: which is to them an evident token of perdition, but to you of salvation, and that of God.” Christians today aren’t just scared, they are terrified. That’s real scared! They are on the run. They’re in hiding, they’re in the caves and dens just like in Judges 6 when the host of Midian came in and had dominion over them. You know why Midian even got in in the first place? Rejection of God’s word. See, we are only as strong and blessed as our trust and faith and obedience in God’s word. We made our lives and countries void of truth, void of the gospel, void of God, and guess what flooded in? Yeah, Satan filled our lives like weeds fill a bare patch of soil that you haven’t sown something good in. But think about that verse in Philippians. And did you know that when you are not terrified of them, that that is a witness of God to them? You not being scared of them witnesses the truth to their own hearts. God will use your courage as a witness to them that hey, I’m missing something, hey, they’ve got something I don’t have, hey, I’m in trouble with God.
Israel had been terrified of Canaan land. It was the land of God’s promise, but fear caused them to disobey God’s promise. They called God a liar, they called his promise no good. But all God’s promises are good. In Christ, everything is yea and amen. In Christ, we can be assured of salvation, of answer prayer, of the promise that be of good cheer, he has overcome the world. May we exchange our terror, may we exchange our fear, may we exchange all the torment and bondage that it brings our soul, and exchange it for faith and trust and the love of God.
Proverbs 28:1 “The wicked flee when no man pursueth: but the righteous are bold as a lion.” Did you know that this verse literally sums up this world in a moment of time, our time today? Think of how the people of this world are running so scared, from nothing, and from noone. THey’re so scared they’re literally trampling each other like Midian did, and like the Philistines did. Remember how unusual those victories were? Well look at this gold nugget in the Bible? Eveyrone in this world are running each other down in panic. Look what the government is doing destroying it’s own country and own economy and own businesses in panic. Everyone’s just running each other down out there, and we can be just like Gideon and his men, standing with our lights shining, trusting in the God who’s name we serve, who’s word we trust, who’s command we obey. You would have thought Gideon and his men would have had more to fear, they were outnumbered massively, and yet the fear wasn’t in their camp, and Gideon was a fearful kind of guy. That gives hope to me, that a fearful guy can have courage when he is convinced and confident in the word of his God. His promises are yea and amen. Fear doesn’t belong in our hearts, it belongs to the wicked. The wicked have a fear in them, a fear which should not be in us. We should be bold as a lion. This world fears where a Christian should not fear. Imagine being set free to fear not huh?
I thought of two phrases “not afraid of the king’s commandment” and “not fearing the wrath of the king”? Did you know where these two phrases from God’s word comes from? That’s right, they are in relation to Moses’ parents, and in relation to Moses himself. And they are in Hebrews 11, the faith chapter, the faith hall of fame as they say. Look how your courage can inspire courage in the next generation! Moses parents had courage and boom, their son had courage as well. If fear is infectious and contagious, and it is, courage can also inspire others to courage. And what is courage? It is not foolhardy bravery, it is not stupidity, it is confidence in what God has said he will do, in where he says we will go. It is confidence in the presence and deliverance of our Lord.
It took courage to live in Egypt when the Hebrews were slaves there. It took courage for those Hebrew midwives to refuse to perform that medical procedure of abortion that Pharaoh required of them. Oh, he mandated it alright. You heard the word “mandate” recently? Oh yeah, you probably have aye. Well Pharaoh mandated killing baby boys in Egypt. It was a wicked mandate. It was a wrong mandate. Pharaoh was picking on a certain class of people, no not unvaccinated, but he was picking on Hebrews. He hated that class of people, those kind of people. He thought they were a threat to public health and safety in Egypt didn’t he. See he justified his mandate for the sake of Egypt’s good, in interests of national security and public health and safety. Hmm. Because people were afraid of him, they complied, even though his commandment was ungodly and unlawful. Oh it was law, but it wasn’t lawful. You see, God’s law is above man’s law, there is no government nor person on earth who is above the law of God. End of story.
I’ve heard Christians getting the vaccine, and they can if they want, but if they’re complying out of fear, that is not of faith. What set Moses and his parents apart was they did not fear the king’s mandate and the king’s anger upon refusal. And by the way, you should watch what goes in your body. Daniel was careful about what went in his body wasn’t he. There’s another mandate in the word of God. In Daniel 1, there was a command from the king of what they should eat and drink. But Daniel refused, because he only ate and drank what God ordered of him. Many complied, only Daniel did not. And guess what, he was healthier for it. Hmm. Who are the healthier really? The vaccinated or the unvaccinated? True health is spiritual health, and that health is tied to honouring and obeying God first, doesn’t matter how unpopular or what pressure is on you to conform and comply otherwise.
People today are afraid of the king’s commandment and they fear the wrath of the king. That’s why they’re not like Moses’ parents or like Moses. There was a lack of courage in those days, and that same lack of courage has continued on to today. The difference makers have always been the minority. In Egypt, there was a lack of autonomy over your own body. They were slaves, how many rights does a slave have? You think their human rights were getting violated daily? Yeah probably. In Daniel’s day, there were terrible laws being passed, but he still obeyed his God when others complied. Hey, would’ve you complied? That law came through, Daniel you can’t pray to your God anymore, that’s a crime. That’s where all this is heading isn’t it. If you comply with the vaccine, you will also comply with your faith won’t you. The government is going to scare you away from believing and obeying God, and that government just serves to separate those that have true faith and courage, and those who do not. How many babies drowned in the Nile river for lack of courage, how many people will go under because of you?
Canaan land is courage land, and we are short on courage. We need courage, we must ask God for courage, we must ask God to fill us with the spirit of power and might. When fear floods our body, when the spirit of fear possesses our spirit, fear needs to be cast out with perfect love. Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith. Hey, he started it, he’s going to finish it, no matter how many viruses and stupid government commandments are out there. Your race may have setbacks, and your race may be hard, but patience has a perfect work the Bible says. You know when you wait on God, it’s doing a work in you. God will teach you that he is enough and he is all you need. When jobs are gone, when hope is gone, when dreams are gone, God is all you need, and the last chapter has not been written. Job couldn’t see Job 42 for many chapters could he, but his end was better than his beginning, and that’s what counts.
You cannot get to the conquests and cheer of Canaan without courage. And did you know? Courage comes from faith. A real faith. Maybe you have no courage because you do not truly believe yet. See, in that generation that did not go in there was an evil heart of unbelief. Deep down, they did not believe. Canaan tests that profession of faith. What is real? Courage come from a conviction of God’s word as the truth. Right from the very first step into the overflowing, muddy, violent Jordan it took courage. Courage comes from confidence, are you confident in God’s word, are you confident in what God has said? That Jordan will test your confidence.
In Canaan the walls are high. You seeing any discouraging high walls looming up before you? They said they were walled up to heaven. But where you see walls, that’s an occasion to the mighty power of the Lord God. Because he brought those walls down, and guess what, that’s because they surrounded those walls with prayer, obedience and worship. God brought those walls of Jericho down. Those cities were so mighty and furthermore!!! the sons of Anak were there. Giants. You think there are any giants out there right now? Are there huge tall giants looming up before you and you feel like a grasshopper? Well congratulations, you’ve come to Canaan land. The Christian life is one of facing giants. David faced a giant, and you will face a giant. But David had courage instead of fear.
I will not fail thee or forsake thee. May God minister that to our hearts today. God does not fail us. Noone can stand before us all the days of our life. That’s the strength of the God who’s word we worship, serve, trust and obey. Don’t turn away from the Bible, don’t let fear turn you away. Now is not the time to turn away. Now is the time to read your Bible and trust God. He is the God of today remember. He is the God for today, and the God of today, and you can enter into his promised rest, the Canaan of your perfect love.
Hi, my name is Joseph Zadow. I am a 30 y/o Bible Blogger. I was new to blogging once! God’s word is the best thing that we can be given, and once we have it and know it for ourselves it is both a privilege and responsibility to bring it to others! We are blessed to be a blessing! I am a sinner (for sure!) saved by God’s grace through faith in Jesus Christ and I am a Lord Jesus Christ follower. He is faithful even though I rarely am to him. I believe the Bible is the word of God, and stake my life on it. My destination is heaven. As they say, I’m just a passin’ through this world… although most of the time it’s more like hangin’ by a thread in Jericho! I love playing sports – particularly cricket… I currently work on an orchard and a side hobby business of mine is growing vegetables etc – they are good for you! I love writing. Always happy to talk, so feel free to leave a comment. You can read more about me and my blog here – kjvbibletruth.com/about :)