“Arise…go…to the land which I am giving to [you].” Jos 1:2 NKJV
Joshua had already tasted the joys of the Promised Land. But now he had to go back and wait until Moses died and every doubter in Israel was buried. Observe: (1) Some of our old ways must die. Moses represented the old system. It was good for then, but not now. When you align yourself with what was, instead of what is, you’re not ready. There are still too many folks you need to impress. You’re so bound by certain philosophies that when God says it’s time to move, you have to consult somebody else. When God told Joshua, “Moses My servant is dead…arise, go over this Jordan, you and all this people, to the land which I am giving to them,” there was only one correct response: “Yes, Lord!” You must honor the past, but not get stuck in it. You must stand on the truth, but seek God for fresh instructions and insights if you’re to reach your destiny. (2) Your doubts must be buried. Only two out of the twelve spies who went into the Promised Land believed God would give it to them. The other ten saw giants, caved in to doubt, died and were buried in the wilderness. And every doubt that’s holding you back has got to die and be buried too, including the voice of your low self-esteem, your childhood fears, your anxieties and your critics. Gather them up, put them in a box, bury it, stand on top of it and say, “Ashes to ashes, dust to dust.” Before you can move ahead you must understand and live by these principles.
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