Joshua: A 14 day devotional- DAY 7

Day 7 “Only be strong and very courageous, being careful to do according to all the law that Moses my servant commanded you.  Do not turn away from it to the right hand or to the left, that you may have good success wherever you go.  This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it.  For then you will make your way prosperous and then you will have good success.  Have I not commanded you?  Be strong and courageous.  Do not be frightened and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”  (Joshua 1:7-9)

Shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night.”
What is on our mind will be in our mouth.  A strong and courageous leader will keep his focus on the source of his strength- God’s Word, God’s Power and God’s Presence.  If you take your mind off of God’s Word, one of two things will ultimately take place.  1)  You will get distracted from the mission, vision, or dream that God has called you to.  You will find yourself entertaining other, less meaningful ideas, thoughts, activities or pursuits and you will find yourself talking about those things that are not central to the plan and vision that God has given you.  The other inevitable result of taking your mind off of God’s Word is 2) You will lose courage to pursue your vision, dream, or mission and you will lose strength and power to carry through that vision to the end.  Yet, when your mind is focused on God’s Word, you will find yourself filled with confidence, strength, courage, and an intense focus on God and His plan for your life.  You will find answers to your struggles, even when you are not looking for them.  Equally important, you will have God’s Word in your mouth.  In the end, people are not looking for our opinions, “best guesses,” and “gut feelings,” but rather, they are looking for a leader to give them a Word from God.  It may seem obvious and simple to say it, but you cannot give people “a word from God,” if you are not consistently immersed in the “Word of God.”
  1. How are you immersing your thought life in Scripture?
  2. Are you “censoring” your speech and not speaking God’s Word in some situations? Where does God want you to speak up with His Word?