Only be thou strong and very courageous, that thou mayest observe to do according to all the Law, which Moses My servant commanded thee: turn not from it to the right hand or to the left, that thou mayest prosper whithersoever thou goest. This Book of the Law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success. 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. (Jos 1:7-9)
Joshua was not to fear the assignment or be weak in leadership but was to focus on GOD and His Word. GOD had already given Joshua, through Moses, every thing he needed to prosper under the mighty hand of GOD. The Lord would be with them and guide them to victory and success if they would hear and obey. If they departed from His Word and went their own way, they would be chastised, suffer calamity, or defeated.
We are to understand, that though the Christians life is not easy, living in Christ means we surrender ourselves, we reckon ourselves dead, that He might live in us, and shew Himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward Him. We are to reflect Christ who is our Lord, and not walk our own way. We are to know and follow His Word, rightly divided, and live in Him as His Spirit leads us into all Truth. We are not to fear what is ahead, or what man may do, for our GOD is with us, He will never leave us nor forsake us, He is our help, and we have the Spirit of love, and of power, and of a sound mind, and are to rest in Him in faith and obedience.
Having entered into His spiritual rest because of our faith in His finished and perfect work on the Cross of Calvary and received Him by faith, we now do His work in this lost and dying world, not to earn or keep what He has freely given to those who repent and trust Him, but because of His mercy and grace. We serve, as His ambassadors, with the Word of reconciliation, to those around us who are hurting and in need. We disciple one another in the Word of Truth that we may grow in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. We share the Gospel of Jesus Christ every where GOD sends us, and as we go, tell all who will hear of His love, mercy, and grace, that those who receive the Good News and repent of their sins might have life in His Name.
For GOD is not willing that any should perish, but that all would come to repentance and the knowledge of the the Truth. Jesus loves you and wants to establish a covenant relationship with you that is real and personal. Surrender to Him on His terms and He will give you a brand new life of discipleship and fellowship with Him that is abundant and everlasting. GOD calls you to trust Him and what He has already done for you to pay your sIn debt. He has provided the only way of reconciliation with GOD, forgiveness from GOD, and Salvation through Jesus Christ, the Son of GOD who is GOD the Son, to give you a new life in Christ. Turn away from yourself and your sIn and turn to Him alone for eternal Life, now and always.