Transformational Truths

As I Was With Moses . . .

How had God been with Moses? Psalm 103 says “He made known his ways to Moses”. God had made known His ways unto Moses. God had told Moses the way to go, what to do, and how to accomplish His will.

“As I was with Moses . . . ” That is how God rallied Joshua. The Book of Joshua begins, “Now after the death of Moses”. Joshua had experienced a great loss. His leader, the people’s leader, the one that had been their guide for 40 years was gone.

Joshua grieved, but in his grief, God came to Him and said “As I was with Moses . . .” In the same way God had been with Moses, God would be with Joshua. Joshua need not fear “any man” because God was with him.

Moses had not feared man, but walked in the way of the Lord. God had made known His way to Moses. God would make known His way to Joshua.

It was because of God’s faithfulness to Moses, Joshua would be assured of God’s faithfulness to him. God promised the following to Joshua:

  • I will be with you.
  • I will not fail you.
  • I will not forsake you.

Not only did God promise to be with Joshua, God promised to not disappoint him and not to neglect him. Because of God’s willingness to be with Joshua “As I was with Moses . . .”, Joshua would have confidence to follow the instruction of the Lord:

  • Be strong (confident).
  • Be of good courage.

God had secured a victorious outcome for Joshua and the people of God. Joshua had seen all the ways God had been with Moses. So when God told Joshua “As I was with Moses . . .”, those words meant something to Joshua.

What do God’s words mean to you? When you hear that God is the same yesterday, today, and forever; do you hear God say to you “As I was with Moses . . .”?

Listen a little closer. God who cannot change is with you just as He was with Moses. He wants to make you know His ways just as He made Moses to know His ways.

The Words of God to Joshua were the same Words God had spoken to Moses years before. The words, “be strong and of good courage” were first spoken to Moses. Then they were spoken to Joshua.

We can hear those same words of God to us. We can hear God say to us “As I was with Moses . . .” Then we keep listening and hear God tell us the following:

  • I will be with you.
  • I will not fail you. (disappoint)
  • I will not forsake you. (neglect)

THEREFORE WE CAN ALSO HEAR GOD’S ENCOURAGEMENT

  • Be strong (confident).
  • Be of good courage.

God says to you today, “As I was with Moses . . .”!

Transformational Truths

What Does Success Look Like For You?

The question, “What does success look like?”, came across my path recently. It is a great question and worthy of a few minutes to consider. It was asked in terms of a project and setting goals that were achievable as a measure of success. It is very important to choose something achievable on a path to success. Encouragement to keep going only comes when you realize the goal is within reach.

Success is never found in suspicion or daunting intimidation.

Success is achievement, progress, victory.

Some people spend their whole careers climbing the ladder of corporate success. Some people get success in their multiple friend groups and social influences. Others find success in just making it through the day.

What Does Success Look Like For You?

God’s purpose from before the foundation of the world is to give His creation success. Never has God ever said He wanted to oppress people or suppress people. In every way, He sought to encourage His people, provide a way to free them from bondage, and time and time again created paths of success and stability for them.

GOD WANTS YOU TO SUCCEED! It is God’s plan for you to achieve, progress, and be victorious.

Joshua 1:1-9 provides great instruction for those who want to have “GOOD SUCCESS”. If you want to have not just success but good success, keep reading.

There are only 4 rungs to the ladder of God’s success climb.

  • Get Your Plan From God – God’s plan leads to absolute success. “See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition” Col. 2:8 Don’t do life just the way it has always been done, or the way you think best. Make sure it is God’s way.
  • Realize Victory Is Determined – God told Joshua “There shall not any man be able to stand before thee all the days of the thy life.” Joshua 1:5 Your success has already been accomplished. The victory has already been determined. You are more than a conqueror. (Romans 8:37)
  • Know God Is With You – Just as God was with Moses, God was with Joshua. Just as God was with Joshua, God is with you. God has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” Hebrews 13:5 If God go not with us, we don’t want to go. (Ex 33:15)
  • Tenacious Determination – God told Joshua to be strong and of good courage for two reasons. Both of these reasons included doing God’s Will. God wanted Joshua to have a Tenacious Determination to do God’s Will.

Let’s stop on the top rung for just a quick moment. Tenacious Determination is another way of saying be strong and of good courage. Hold yourself together. God told Joshua to hold himself together for two reasons. The first reason was because Joshua was to divide the land to the people.

If Joshua were to become pulled apart, slack, suspicious of God’s motive, or daunted by the task ahead, Joshua would have been unsuccessful in doing God’s will of possessing the land God had promised to them. The same is true of us, Christian. If we get pulled apart, slack, suspicious of God’s motives, or daunted by the circumstances of our life, we will in no way see success.

The second reason God told Joshua he need to have tenacious determination was because God was expecting him to do everything that was in God’s Word. Joshua had many distractions to keep him away from the Word of God. Who would have been busier than the leader of a million plus people. He had a huge responsibility as a leader.

The more leadership we have, the more we need to have tenacious determination to do the will of God as recorded in His Word.

God guaranteed success to Joshua in verse 9. If we back up to verse 8 we will see how God told him to accomplish this good success. God told Joshua, and us, to constantly feed on the Word of God and ponder the word of God day and night.

It is only when we are saturated with the Word of God, thinking about it constantly, and tenaciously determined to do it that we will have success.

This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous.

Joshua 1:8

How would you answer the question, “What Does Success Look like For You?” I hope your answer includes the following:

  • Getting your plan from God.
  • Realizing your victory is already determined.
  • Knowing God is with you.
  • Tenaciously Determined to do God’s will by constantly feeding on the Word of God and pondering (considering, thinking about, studying) the Word of God day and night.

“…Then you will have good success.” Joshua 1:8