- Remember His past faithfulness, and rely on present nearness. This is what produces a courageous heart! We are called to be people of His presence, not followers of our feelings.
No one will be able to stand against you as long as you live. For I will be with you as I was with Moses. I will not fail you or abandon you. Be strong and courageous… ~ Joshua 1:5-6a (NASB)
When God calls you into His service, you can be sure that the calling comes with promises that are meant to produce in you a courageous heart. Joshua experienced God’s miraculous deliverance of Israel out of Egyptian bondage through the leadership of Moses. And when Joshua was chosen to be one of the twelve spies to explore the promised land, he and Caleb were the only ones to return with a good report – expressing full confidence that God was with them, in spite of the fearsome giants.
Decades passed. Moses was dead. And it was time for Joshua to take up the daunting task of leading God’s people into possession of the land. It would require strength and renewed faith. So God made this extraordinary promise to Joshua:
“For I will be with you as I was with Moses.”
Perhaps you’ve felt strong and prepared to obey God in previous seasons, but now you feel unprepared for a new one? Maybe you are plagued by a sense of personal weakness and fear? God has the perfect antidote. Remember His past faithfulness, and rely on present nearness. This is what produces a courageous heart! After all, we are called to be people of His presence, not followers of our feelings.
“Heavenly Father, thank You for Your high call on my life in Christ Jesus. In spite of how I may feel, I choose to trust you and step out in obedience to your Word and the leadership of the Holy Spirit. I give you praise for your past faithfulness, and the promise of your abiding presence today.
Produce in me a courageous heart! In the strong name of Jesus, Amen.
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Steve Garrett is a second generation pastor, worship leader, singer songwriter, and recording artist. Along with the three solo projects he’s released, Steve has also been a featured worship artist and lead vocalist on various recordings for Integrity Music, Promise Keepers, Provident, Word Music, Maranatha Music, and Kingsway Music. Nashville was home for 18 years, but now Steve is based is suburban Philadelphia, where he currently serves as Pastor of Worship & Creative Arts at Victory Church - a large multi-ethnic community committed to helping people experience God and the care of His family. Steve is fueled with a gospel-infused passion to create, equip, and inspire, and over the years he has travelled extensively in the USA and internationally on a mission to glorify God with his music and message. He also carries a significant burden for prayer and church unity. Steve is co-founder and former executive director of Franklin Prayer House, a growing city-wide collaborative prayer movement in suburban Nashville, Tennessee. From 2014 - 2019 Steve served as Worship Pastor at The Gate in Franklin, Tennessee, and from 2008 - 2013 he served as Lead Pastor of New River Fellowship, a church founded by Michael W. Smith. Steve and his wife Milissa are blessed with five amazing kids.