NOTE: As I write this, I’m on a plane headed for the SCORRE Conference. If you’ve been hanging around this blog for long, you’ve heard me talk about this conference. If you’re new here, then let me say there is no conference, book, or event that has helped me hone my craft as a speaker and writer more than the SCORRE Conference. I came as a student in 2002 and have had the privilege of being one of the coaches ever since. If you speak in front of any audience or any size – get here! The next one is in October and it always sells out.
Do you live boldly for Christ? Do you feel strong and courageous?
“Be careful to obey all the instructions Moses gave you. Do not deviate from them, turning either to the right or to the left. Then you will be successful in everything you do.
Study this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do. This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:6-9, NLT)
God speaks to each of us through His living Word. His Word gives hope and encouragement at the moment we need it most. Recently a friend of mine received a word from God directly out of His Word. The timing was perfect, and I was in awe at how precise the message was for my friend.
My friend feels called into ministry, but she is struggling with this calling. Some days she doubts God could ever use a “person like her.” A person who has been sexually abused. A person with many heart aches through the years. A person who feels worthless many days. A person who vacillates between being precious in His sight and being a waste of space on this earth.
A Word from The Word
This week God gave her confirmation of her calling as she was reading her Bible.
Do not neglect the spiritual gift you received through the prophecy spoken over you when the elders of the church laid their hands on you. Give your complete attention to these matters. Throw yourself into your tasks so that everyone will see your progress. Keep a close watch on how you live and on teaching. Stay true to what is right for the sake of your own salvation and the salvation of those who hear you. (1 Timothy 4:14-16, NLT)
It still amazes me each time the Word of God speaks directly to a person about a situation.
Taking the Challenge
This year I decided to take Keith’s challenge to read straight through the Bible in four months. As I am reading, the Israelites astound me at how many times God does an amazing work in their life, and not even a day later they are back to disobeying God. We may live in a more advanced culture with technology and in medicine, but we are so much like the Israelites. God does something amazing in my life and I turn around to complain about what I think I “need.”
God gives specific instructions to Joshua which applies to all Christians.
- Be Strong and Courageous.
- Be careful to obey ALL the instructions
- Do not turn right or left.
- Study this Book of Instruction continually.
- Meditate on it day and night
God promises to be with us wherever we go!
Do You Like the Bible?
I recently read Keith’s new book, 10 Tips for Liking the Bible (Because Believing It’s True Is Not Enough). If you have struggled reading the Bible or want a deeper relationship with Christ, Keith helps you find different ways to connect with Christ through the scriptures.
My favorite tip is Tip 9: Go on a 60-Day Adventure. With this tip you read a book in the Bible and he offers different ways to read through the same book each day. This allows you to meditate on God’s Word day and night.
As we meditate on God’s Word, we will come come to see and know his power. And it is through the power of God’s Word that we can live strong and courageous lives!
Questions: How have you seen God move in your life recently? What is one step you can take to live more boldly for Christ?
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