The Reality of Spiritual Leadership: Strength and Courage

After the death of Moses the servant of the Lord, the Lord said to Joshua son of Nun, Moses’ aide: “Moses my servant is dead. Now then, you and all these people, get ready to cross the Jordan River into the land I am about to give to them—to the Israelites. I will give you every place where you set your foot, as I promised Moses. Your territory will extend from the desert to Lebanon, and from the great river, the Euphrates—all the Hittite country—to the Mediterranean Sea in the west. No one will be able to stand against you all the days of your life. As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you. Be strong and courageous, because you will lead these people to inherit the land I swore to their ancestors to give them.
— Joshua 1:1-6

Strength and Courage are the two hallmarks of what leadership looks like on the ground. A good example of this are the mighty men of David in 2 Samuel were awesome warriors for the kingdom of God! They were called “Giborim” and did Mighty Deeds! Even Deborah in the OT was a military general and another woman Jael drove a stake through the pagan commander Sisera’s head! (Her name means mountain goat!) Even the women were braver than our men today it seems at times...where is the strength and courage today?! This phrase occurs at least 11 times in the Bible...I want you to think about a tree that needs to be planted next to a river but then that hardwood grows up strong and unshakeable... you need to first ground yourself Psalm 1, then you will be powerful and immovable in the things of God! George Whitefield once said “I would rather wear out than rust out.”

We should exert strength and courage in taking initiative for the kingdom of God. And we do this with the strength and courage that Christ has secured for us and now delegates to us through the Holy Spirit!

In Prayer Today:

Seek God for the Strength and Courage to influence others for Christ today.