Daily Devotionals by Ardith Keef

      When God was preparing Joshua to lead the Israelites into the promised land, He gave specific orders to "take courage".
      What does that mean in every day life? It means that I must take the steps to advance in the direction of what God has said. Does that sound like circular reasoning? It's not.
      When I "take courage," I go forward into the next thing simply because God has said to, and courage is the provision given to me to move without hesitation or complaint.
     The unknown bears its own strange resistance for us, and no matter how much we know or how much experience we have, the next few minutes have not been lived before. So, when we know there might be difficulty we cower.
     But God has not given us the "spirit of fear," but of "courage" and a "sound mind." Taking courage means appropriating the ability to move forward on home court because we are following the Pillar and the Cloud.
     Has the Lord asked something hard of you? He can be trusted. He has not asked you to live out the next year tomorrow, He has only asked you to live one day in tomorrow.
     Step out. Take courage. His unseen hosts are vast beyond your wildest dreams, and He will not leave you holding the bag. You must do this thing, because if you only move when you feel secure ahead of time, you will never get to know Him.
     There is no risk in Jesus!
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