As Moses prepares the Israelites to enter the Promise Land, he gives a few key phrases before God makes the way for their River crossing experience. In Deuteronomy 31:6, Moses says, “Be strong. Take courage. Don’t be intimidated. Don’t give them a second thought because God, your God, is striding ahead of you. He’s right there with you. He won’t let you down; he won’t leave you.” Moses repeats himself again to Joshua when he states, with all Israel watching, “Be strong. Take courage. You will enter the land with this people, this land that God promised their ancestors that he’d give them. You will make them the proud possessors of it. God is striding ahead of you. He’s right there with you. He won’t let you down; he won’t leave you. Don’t be intimidated. Don’t worry.” (Deuteronomy 31:7-8).
Courage originates from the Latin word cor, meaning heart. Courage is deep-spirited frame of mind, it’s a person whose temper is steadfast. A courageous person values their inner strength. When Moses commanded, “Be strong, take courage, don’t be intimidated…” it was after a restoration time for the Israelites in Deuteronomy 30:6-9. “God, your God, will cut away the thick calluses on your heart and your children’s hearts, freeing you to love God, your God, with your whole heart and soul and live, really live. God, your God, will put all these curses on your enemies who hated you and were out to get you. And you will make a new start, listening obediently to God, keeping all his commandments that I’m commanding you today. God, your God, will outdo himself in making things go well for you: you’ll have babies, get calves, grow crops, and enjoy an all-around good life. Yes, God will start enjoying you again, making things go well for you just as he enjoyed doing it for your ancestors.” Can you imagine what 40 years in the desert did to the hearts of the Israelites? After wandering for that long a little bit of animosity, strife, and I’m sure a lot of worry festered in their spirits. We know they became complainers; the scriptures tell us about it. They tried to find their own plan, even their own gods. But our gracious Heavenly Father, speaks of His mercy toward the chosen ones.
In Deuteronomy 31:6-7 They’ve been told they’re free to love their God, with their whole heart. And not only themselves, but their children will love Him. The thick calluses on their hearts are removed. A new start? Everyone wants a new start! So many cry for a fresh opportunity, but feel unworthy & hopeless. However, God promises He will outdo Himself! Remorse? Gone. Guilt? Forgiven. Shame? Wiped Away. Instead We get to Live, really Live.
These affirmations occur BEFORE the River experience to the Promise Land. Deuteronomy 31:5 shares what happens as the Israelites go to the Promise Land.
“God, your God, will cross the river ahead of you and destroy the nations in your path so that you may dispossess them.” He goes before us, Friends.
As we’re entering the next few days preparing our hearts for a River experience, be courageous. Make heart decisions to help you get deeper into your River Experience. Be steadfast in relationships with Christ & with others. We’re living for eternity.
Prayer: Lord, give us courage. Help us to stay strong and to take heart. Help us stray away from rebellion and to live a life of obedience. With you we are living at last. Keep going before us and making the path clear as we put our trust in you. Thank you for Your promises and your grace toward us. Amen.
Continue to pray for the hearts that are coming to GT Worship Conference.