You Don’t Need Encouragement

A photo by Robert Lukeman.

Everyday we are faced with, better yet swarmed with a myriad of voices.  Some good, others not so good, some uplifting others sent to tear down.  What voice will you believe?  The voice you choose to believe will set the course for your life, either good or bad.  The choice is ultimately yours.  I see throughout scripture that the Lord has good plans for us.  Jeremiah 29:11 says “for I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.” (NASB)  John 10:10 says “The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life.” (NLT)  God has plans for you to prosper but what voice will you chose to follow?  God is such a loving God that He allows you to have a choice rather than to be dictated to.

In Deuteronomy chapter 1, Moses is recounting the situation that caused the Israelites to lose out on the plan that God had chosen for them;  except for two men Joshua and Caleb.  Moses sent out 12 spies to survey the land God had planned for them to inherit.  Yet, beginning in v. 28, they put their focus on the people and fear conquered them, they said “the people [are] greater and taller than we, the cities are great and walled up to heaven.”  Moses tried to tell them in v. 29-30 “dread not, neither be afraid of them.  The Lord your God which goes before you, he shall fight for you, according to all that he did in Egypt before your eyes”  I tell you today, you have seen God show up in your life before and may be asking yourself what is going on, where is God?  The same God that showed up and took care of you then is the same God that will perform mightily in your life now.

Who is encouraging you?

God is raising up Joshuas in this season, men and women who see the giants but know the plans of God.  People that will take one look at the giant and say you may be big, bigger than me but I serve a God that makes you look like an ant.  I serve a God that will fight for me against you , I serve a God that has planned for me to take your land.  I’ve seen Him perform before, now watch as He will do it again.

Moses was told to encourage Joshua v.38, Moses had led the Israelites for decades and now it was time for Joshua to take over.  It is time for you to take over and to step into the role that God has planned for you even before you were born.   God knew Joshua would not feel qualified and you may be feeling that same way. You may not feel qualified to do what God has called you to do, but be encouraged.  The same God that rescued you from the things that should have stopped you, the words aimed against, the hurtful actions from others, the things that should have killed you, is the same God that will fight for you.  The choice is yours.

Whose voice will you believe?


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