Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Devotional: Joshua

Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you, He will never leave you nor forsake you.
The Lord Himself goes before you and will be with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.
Deuteronomy 31:6, 8
I will give you every place where you set your foot.
Joshua 1:3

How wonderful to know that God has gone before us. He was the one to plant the seed in our hearts about reaching out in our own community with the start of Northridge. It is so easy to look over the events leading up to the start of the church and see God’s hand orchestrating everything. When fears and doubts creep in about beginning this new adventure and leaving my comfort zone, I reflect on this verse (I think Ryan even shared a similar verse with us when we just started on this journey).
I remind myself that:

• Northridge is God’s plan SO I can go forward with strength, courage and boldness
• God has gone before me and has started the path
• God will NOT LEAVE me, but will be with me to guide me along this path
• God wants to reach people, if I am following His lead, He will bring victory every place I set my feet

Prayer Items:
• Thank the Lord that He has gone before us, preparing our steps
• For each team member to feel God’s strength and courage
• In Jesus name come against any fears or doubts that might surface.
• That no fear or doubt will stop us from stepping out of our comfort zone and working effectively
• For each of us to be aware and tuned in to where God is guiding us
• For our eyes to be open to where God has already been preparing the soil

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