One of the prerequisites for success in life is strength. It is so sacrosanct that God told Joshua to be strong three times between Joshua 1: 6 to 9. There it is written, “6 Be strong and of a good courage: for unto this people shalt thou divide for an inheritance the land, which I sware unto their fathers to give them.

7 Only be thou strong and very courageous, that thou mayest observe to do according to all the law, which Moses my servant commanded thee: turn not from it to the right hand or to the left, that thou mayest prosper whithersoever thou goest.

 8 This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.

9 Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.”

From the above passage, strength is required to fulfil responsibility (vs. 6). Strength is required to focus on or to observe the law of God or even the rules that govern any profession and strength is required to practice God’s law (vs. 7). Strength is even required to fight fear and continually acknowledge God’s presence (vs. 9). Showing strength is part of what guarantees, good success.

Take note! Life is for the strong. If you choose the path of weakness, you will end up a slave in the hands of the strong. Proverbs 12: 24 says, “The hand of the diligent shall bear rule: but the slothful shall be under tribute”

Why would God tell Joshua to be strong? It is because God has empowered him to be strong. God will never ask you to manifest what He has not put in you. It is because there are and there will be things, situations and people around us that inspire fear and weakness, to the end that we fail. To be strong therefore is a divine command that we have to choose to obey to arrive on top or choose to disdain and land at the bottom of life.

Take note! Your strength is your God given asset. There is a strength in you to overcome in whatever circumstance you find yourself. That is why Philippians 4: 13 says, “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” You were born again according to John 1: 13, “…, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.” You carry the DNA of God and by your Christian rebirth, you have the capacity to be victorious in whatever situation or circumstance you find yourself.

When God was telling Joshua to be strong, He wasn’t referring to his natural abilities; He was referring to what happened to him in Numbers 27: 18 & 20 –  “And the LORD said unto Moses, Take thee Joshua the son of Nun, a man in whom is the spirit, and lay thine hand upon him;… And thou shalt put some of thine honour upon him,…” God was telling him to focus on the anointing he had received. God was asking him to pay attention to his ordination, by which he had received supernatural ability to be and do all that God required of him. This is what Paul was telling Timothy in 1Timothy 1: 5- 6, “… I call to remembrance the unfeigned faith that is in thee, which dwelt first in thy grandmother Lois, and thy mother Eunice; and I am persuaded that in thee also. Wherefore I put thee in remembrance that thou stir up the gift of God, which is in thee by the putting on of my hands.”

As a child of God, you need to remember that you are a carrier of divine strength. You need to know that when you became born again, God made available to you His divinity in exchange for your humanity. You now need to walk in the light of this revelation. You need to walk in this understanding.

The devil is doing everything to make you focus on something else. He wants you to be overwhelmed by your natural circumstances. He wants you to deal with issues only from the earthly, humanly point of view but you have to switch over to divine mode. This is the only way you can overcome.

If you do not switch over to your divine mode, you will be as weak as any other man. Remember Samson? All that the Philistines wanted was the secret that will turn him into an ordinary man and when they did, he became a prey.

If you refuse to be strong, your destiny will go to sleep and poverty will come on you like and armed man (Prov. 24: 33- 34).  If you refuse to be strong and fight for your victory, you will become a slave (1Sam. 4: 8- 9).

Excuses will not give you the job. Excuses will not put food on the table. You need to search out and discover what you can do under God to get out of your current situation and be on your way to your preferred destiny.

I pray for you this week that as you ask, seek and knock, you will receive a revelation of what you need to do or say to move you from where you are now to where you ought to be in Jesus name. in all however, do not just sit there waiting doing nothing. It is written in Ecclesiastes 9:10, “Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do (that is right before God), do it with thy might…” so “Be ye strong therefore, and let not your hands be weak: for your work shall be rewarded” (2Ch 15:7) in Jesus name.

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