Sunday, September 22, 2013

September 14, 2013   

Today's Photograph . . . . It's Up To Us To Make The Commitment To Choose God's Way (Cliff S)
Bible Study Verses
Joshua 1:6-9, 18
Be strong and courageous, because you will lead these people to inherit the land I swore to their ancestors to give them. "Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law My servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go. Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go." (NIV)

Whoever rebels against your word and does not obey it, whatever you may command them, will be put to death. Only be strong and courageous!" (NIV)
I know what it means to be afraid; you see, I'm afraid of the dark. Yep, the Arizona outdoorsman doesn't like being in the forest alone after dark. The desert? Now that's okay. But I don't like those trees--too claustrophobic! So, I accept my limitation, and plan my hunts accordingly.
Joshua also faced a lot of "darkness", a lot of the unknown. Notice in these verses that God told Joshua four times to be strong and courageous. Why? Well, for one thing, God wanted to assure Joshua that He would be with him, step by step, stride for stride. 
Okay, that's good, but let's go a little deeper. Why did God give Joshua this admonition so many times? Because God knew that Joshua and the Israelite warriors were going to be in fearful situations. God was telling them that they were going to be in fights that looked absolutely hopeless, except for the hand of God fighting the battles for them. 
(Cliff S)

Action Point
Got some battles that you're facing in your life:
  • Financial troubles. 
  • Marital problems. 
  • Moral issues. 
  • Temptations.
So strong that you don't know how you're going to walk away? 
Remember that God, His Holy Spirit, is with us. He is going before us and is there to fight the battles. God always gives us a way out of temptation (I Corinthians 10:13). 
It's up to us to make the commitment to choose God's way, and to rely on His strength when the battle gets fierce. Be strong and courageous. Put your trust in Him. He'll see you through!

Sportsmen's Tip of the Day 
Know your limitations! Always plan your hunt with them in mind. Avoid putting yourself in situations where fear and panic may occur.