Daily Devotional for Wednesday September 20, 2017


Joshua 1:9 (NASB) Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous! Do not tremble or be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”


It was a choice. Sometimes God allows you to see the work He does thru you. Many years ago, while sitting at a coffee shop leading a men's group, a young man came in and sat by himself. I couldn't help but feel that the Holy Spirit lead me to go over and talk to the guy. It is one thing to sit with guys you know, but another to stand up, go over, and start a conversation with a total stranger. Today's verse shares what God spoke to young Joshua as he was about to lead the Israelites into the Promised Land. Be sure to read grab a Bible and read the whole story! The part of the verse that got me was the first part, "Have I not commanded you?” God is commanding us to share His Son by random acts of kindness. I invited the young man to join us, to come and listen. Many years later, I ran into him again. To see him walking with Christ is truly a blessing. I give God the glory for the work He has done with that young man, for the command to go, and for the strength and courage to step out of my comfort zone. What is God commanding you to do today? Be strong and courageous for God goes with you! 


Personal Application: Continue spending time with the Lord daily. Sow righteousness and reap the fruit of God's unfailing love.

Family Devotional: Read this chapter to your family. Ask them if anything spoke to them as you read. Talk about their answers and show them that one important aspect of this chapter is that we must continue to spend time with the Lord and keep our hearts focused on His plans and purposes. Pray for them.

TOM SEMBER has been involved in ministering to men for over 20 years. He is an ordained minister with the AG in the NY Ministry Network. Tom lives with his wife, Carolyn, and children in New York. You can connect with Tom on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

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