How do we keep growing, staying alive, healthy, and victorious in Christ?
Let me give you a simple formula for spiritual growth. It comes from Joshua 1 and looks like this: Faith + Obedience + Your Next Step = Victory
As God’s people stood on the edge of everything they’d been promised, the Lord spoke these words to Joshua, their new leader:
“I will give you every place where you set your foot, as I promised Moses… 5No 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. 6Be strong and courageous, because you will lead these people to inherit the land I swore to their ancestors to give them.”7“Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go. 8Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. 9Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”Joshua 1:3-9 (NIV)
Anytime you feel afraid, discouraged, or overwhelmed, you can be sure of this–you are on the edge of taking new ground.
God is inviting you to possess His promise and press forward in Him. No doubt Joshua felt unsure and hesitant about what was next. This was an important moment of decision: Would God’s people stay where they were, or would they actually cash in on a 400 year old promise and 40 year journey?
3. Take Your Next Step
I’ve read this passage many times before, but it recently occurred to me that every promise of victory was contingent on one thing: Joshua and God’s people had to actually place their feet on some new ground. “I will give you every place where you set your foot. (v3)
God had already promised the victory, the resources, the provision, His Presence…anything and everything they would ever need. They just had to keep taking steps. The victory was for “every place” they set their foot.
I wonder how many of us never possess the promises of God or explore the new places He’s promised to give us simply because we never take our next step?
Where is God calling you to step out? Is it a relationship? Learning more about your unique purpose and calling in Christ? Stepping up to serve? Being more generous? What’s YOUR next step?