Today's Verse: Joshua 1:9 (KJV)

Sunday, January 2, 2011

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.
— Joshua 1:9 (KJV)
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Thoughts on Today's Verse...

This command and promise to Joshua is also for us as we embrace the upcoming year. We have no idea what lies ahead, but we know that God will go with us as we invite him on our journey and seek to follow him as our Lord. This verse is a promise to cherish: "Your God will go with you wherever you go.""Be strong, courageous. Do not be terrified or discouraged." This promise and this command mean we can embrace this upcoming year as an opportunity to serve God and not as something to fear!

My Prayer...

Holy and Almighty Father, thank you for being with me as I begin this new year. Please empower me with your Holy Spirit to greet it with passion and excitement for the opportunities that you have ahead. Please forgive me when my inadequacies and the unknown ahead of me make me fearful and indecisive. I ask that the Holy Spirit remind me of your promise and command, O Lord. I also ask that the Spirit inspire me to live courageously, confidently, and boldly for you. In Jesus' name, I invite you into my life as my Lord. Amen.

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Illustration of Joshua 1:9 (KJV) — 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.

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The Thoughts and Prayer on Today's Verse are written by Phil Ware.

All scripture quotations, unless otherwise indicated, are taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION. © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan Publishing House.