Oct 14, 2022
Joshua 1:8, 9 — “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 good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.”
Joshua 1 continues to be a relevant chapter to help in the preparation process to possess the promised land. Verse 9 says, “be not afraid neither dismayed.” One of the most frequently used tactics of the enemy is the creation of fear. As the enemies that were present in the land were confronted, some were well equipped for warfare so God’s command was “be not afraid”. Fear is created when my focus is on the enemy, not on the Lord. The scripture declares, “The thing I greatly feared has come upon me”. Fear is the reverse of faith. What faith is to God, fear is to the devil. Fear is the thing that the enemy uses to create hopelessness, discouragement, stress, and depression. Verse 9 states, “Be strong and of good courage, be not afraid, neither be dismayed.” The devil’s plan is to get you to focus on the conflict so that your vision of the Lord will be hindered. Sight plus circumstance equals defeat. Be not afraid comes before neither be thou dismayed. Fear and dismay are twin brothers. The verse before this, verse 8, speaks of the meditation on the Word of God. Read the Word, meditate on the Word, live by the Word. This is the way you conquer fear and discouragement.