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The Courage To Cross Over

Key Verse

“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).

TEXT — Joshua 1:1-9


The Battle of Waterloo was fought on 18th June 1815 between Napoleon’s French Army and a coalition led by the Duke of Wellington and Marshal Blücher. It was a decisive battle of its age, which concluded a war that had raged for about 23 years. It was at Waterloo in Belgium, where Napoleon Bonaparte suffered defeat at the hands of the Duke of Wellington, ending the Napoleonic era of European domination.

Joshua also had a challenging task of taking Israel to the Promised Land. Before now, he had gone to wars at the instance of Moses’ commands. They had crossed the Red Sea by the stretching of Moses Rod, but here was a Jordan to cross, and the wall of Jericho to pull down. Moses was now dead, and there was no rod to stretch. What could Joshua do? God reminded him that Moses was only a servant but He, the Almighty is the Master. He was changing the perspectives of Joshua who had always seen God through the lenses of Moses. Joshua needed a personal walk with the same God who carried Moses and all Israel through to that point.

For every challenge that stared Joshua and the Israelites in the face, God had a strategy to handle it. The solutions to all the complex challenges Joshua saw Moses handle while learning under him were neither in his mentor nor the rod he wielded. God revealed that the solution was in the Word.

God does not often call His champions to cross over familiar streams. It is the key of obedience to the word of God that opens up new path and builds the needed courage in faithful adherents to cross over.

Thought for the day

Courage and absolute confidence in His word will drive away fear and grant us victory.
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About Author - Pastor W.F. Kumuyi

Listed among “500 most powerful people on the planet” by the Foreign Policy magazine in 2013, Pastor (Dr.) William F. Kumuyi is the founder and General Superintendent of the Deeper Christian Life Ministry (DCLM) headquartered in Lagos, Nigeria. DCLM started in 1973 as a 15-member Bible study group right in Kumuyi’s apartment at University of Lagos where he was a lecturer. His revolutionary Bible teaching on personal holiness and commitment to evangelism soon gained so much traction and resulted in a widespread revival.

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