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Minister's Message

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Dear friends,  

People often uphold each other and say, “God is with us”, and I believe that to be true. There is nowhere we can ‘go’ to ‘get away’ from God. Joshua was reassured that God would always be with him....

After the death of Moses, the Lord spoke to Joshua son of Nun, Moses' assistant, saying, ‘My servant Moses is dead. Now proceed to cross the Jordan, you and all this people, into the land that I am giving to them, to the Israelites. No one shall 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 not fail you or forsake you. Be strong and courageous; for you shall put this people in possession of the land that I swore to their ancestors to give them. I hereby command you: Be strong and courageous; do not be frightened or dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.’

The book of Joshua describes the conquest of the land of Canaan under Joshua's leadership.   As someone once said,

‘There is no success without a successor’ and Joshua was God’s appointed man to lead his people into the promised land. Joshua had learnt much from Moses. He had wandered with him in the wilderness for 40 years. What a training ground!

Do you sometimes feel that your wilderness experience has been, too long? If you do, remind yourself of Joshua’s experience and how God blessed him in the long term.            Joshua was a man of great faith, courage and leadership ability, but he had an awesome task on his hands.  

Right at the beginning of his mission God gave him very specific promises and encouragement: God stated that just as he had been with Moses so he would be with Joshua: that he would not fail or forsake him (v.5): and he reassured him that the Israelites would he given possession of the land (v.6).

In addition to the words of encouragement, Joshua and the people had to choose to show courage in the face of hardship and war, and more than ever before they had to obey God’s law.

What promises and words of encouragement has God spoken to you? Can you hold onto them as you enter times of hardship, suffering or darkness? Do you need to take courage, in a way that perhaps you have never known before? Can you do that without drawing on God’s provision of encouragement and reassurance?

I too have had my wilderness experiences and my experience is that the only way to come out of the valley of the shadow of death a stronger person is to go in holding onto God’s promises.

So with God I say, “do not be frightened or dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go”. (v.9)

Your friend and minister, Janet.


Prayer Lord God, thank You for Your words of encouragement. Place them deep in my heart that I may draw on them in times of darkness. Amen



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