When You Think, “I Can’t”

Forty years had passed. Moses was dead. Now it was Joshua’s responsibility to take the children of those who had died in the wilderness into the land of Canaan. And it was still inhabited by the Hittites, the Jebusites, the Amalekites, and all the other “ites” who had intimidated the Israelites 40 years before! The giants were still there!

Can you imagine what it would have been like to be in Joshua’s sandals, having not only
to take over for Moses but also to face the “ites” of Canaan?

Have you ever been asked to take over for somebody else in church? You think, “God, who am I? How can I do this?” All of a sudden, your knees are knocking, and you’re losing your courage.

Moses could have related to you. Moses? Moses the great leader of the children of Israel who led them out of Egypt to the land of Canaan? Yes.

Read [esvignore]Exodus 3[/esvignore]. As you do,

  1. Record three things: what God called Moses to do, how Moses felt about it, and what God told Moses.
  2. Do you think you could apply any of these insights to your life? Why?

Now then, let’s listen to what God says to Joshua: “ ‘Every place on which the sole of your foot treads, I have given it to you, just as I spoke to Moses’ ” (Joshua 1:3). In other words, “That’s your land. I have given it to you.” Only a sovereign God can say something like that!

However, not only is the land to be theirs, but God will be with him.

“No man will be able to stand before you all the days of your life. Just as I have been with Moses, I will be with you; I will not fail you or forsake you. Be strong and courageous, for you shall give this people possession of the land which I swore to their fathers to give them. Only be strong and very courageous; be careful to do according to all the law which Moses My servant commanded you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, so that you may have success wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:5-7).

  • When you feel discouraged, when you lack courage, when you think you can’t do it, can’t handle it, can’t survive it, remember that “nothing will be impossible with God” (Luke 1:37).
  • Remember “I AM” is His memorial-name to all generations (Exodus 3:13-15), including yours! He is everything and anything you will ever need.
  • You can do all things through Christ Jesus who strengthens you (Philippians 4:13). Discouragement does not come from God.

Think about it.

This blog post is excerpted from the out-of-print 30-day devotional “How to Stand Firm Against the Five Deadly D’s” by Kay Arthur.

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