Thursday, May 21, 2009

Whole Heart Faith - Week 3

6 "Be strong and courageous, because you will lead these people to inherit the land I swore to their forefathers to give them. 7 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. 8 Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; 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. 9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go."  Joshua 1:6-9

Hello friends - please forgive me for not getting to you yesterday, just many things came up at the last minute and sitting down to write for an extended amount of time was not found!  I hope you are doing well.  It has been a great week for me, but God is asking for more...

My question today or rather I have a question on my mind and wondered if you would ponder it as well.  You and I have named for the most part what our Whole Heart Faith is about, but is there anything else He is revealing along the way?  Is there anything else that He may be asking you to lay down for one reason or another?  Is there another thing that God is asking you to just jump into or to pause?  

There is something on my mind that I want to take this next week to fervently pray over.  I feel a "jump into stop" kind of statement brewing in my head and have not a clue what that means for me.  Can I be making it up in my mind - oh yes.  But for the most part I feel a change is coming soon.  I feel this is reason why He took me to this scripture this morning before I ever even opened the Word.  He laid it on my heart and said go here!!!  So I went.  

This is a passage I have been over many times in my walk, but today it is speaking to me a bit differently.  I have always lumped together the "be strong and courageous".  But today He is telling me to spread it apart kind of like a cause and effect kind of situation.  

He says to be strong and courageous.  And so I ask myself why do we need to be both.  Is it not enough to be strong?  Or is it not enough to be courageous?  And this is what dawned on me - when we are not strong, that means weak - putting trust in ourselves, not relying on His power - then we have no courage or better said, it is hard to engage the courage within us.  And when we have no courage - to me this is the guts to walk forward not knowing the future, guts to walk into the unknown, guts to walk where few have trod, guts to walk where it might be dangerous - when we have no courage then we can not engage the strength of the Lord and do as He asks.  They go hand in hand and really can not be separated!  

This "jump into stop" would take much strength and courage!  Getting up to run each morning takes much strength and courage.  Putting this Whole Heart Faith honesty plan of weight and all take courage.  But for you - could it be anything else that maybe you just "didn't want to go there" kind of thing.  Oh Lord - anything but that.... could those be your words?  

He is imploring us today not to just be strong or just to have courage, but to do and be both!!!  Can you do it?  Are you willing?  Can you jump into stop or walk into running or jump to solid ground or reach low to seek the High?  Are you willing to do what may seem like the opposite of what your heart wants to do - but you know is obedience???  

I can't wait to hear from you!!!  Love you all - whole heartedly!!!!!

PS - I lost another 2 pounds!  


Denise said...

Way to go my friend, woo hoo!!

Angela @ Refresh My Soul Blog said...

Congrats on your weight-loss!!! Thanks for the encouragement! Yes we can be both strong and courageous with Him!! He is so good to give us all we need for life and godliness.
Much love,