Be Strong and Courageous

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Keith Palmore concludes the monthly theme, "Truth is Objective" by asking a question, "Are You Willing to Consider?"

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Joshua 1:6–9 ESV
6 Be strong and courageous, for you shall cause this people to inherit the land that I swore to their fathers to give them. 7 Only be strong and very courageous, being careful to do according to all the law that Moses my servant commanded you. Do not turn from it to the right hand or to the left, that you may have good success wherever you go. 8 This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. 9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
Sermon Thesis: The ability to be strong and courageous comes from the Lord and not from man.
13x’s “Be Strong and Courageous appears in the O.T.
5x’s in Joshua; 3x’s in Dt.; 2x’s 1 Chr.; 1x 1 Chr.; 1x Dan.; 1x Ps.

I. What it means to be Strong and Courageous

Strong = hazaq = to be, grow or make strong; to prevail, have or show courage; to seize, grasp, keep hold of
Courageous = emas = to be strong; to strengthen, let grow strong, make firm; to prove to be strong, to be determined
Strength comes from God
Ephesians 6:10 ESV
10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might.
2 Timothy 2:1 ESV
1 You then, my child, be strengthened by the grace that is in Christ Jesus,
1 Corinthians 16:13 ESV
13 Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong.
Moses tells Joshua to be strong and courageous
Joshua tells Israel to be strong and courageous
David tells Solomon to be strong and courageous
Hezekiah tells Judah to be strong and courageous when Assyria turned it’s eyes of conquest on them after invading Israel

II. The Lord is with us wherever we go

Deuteronomy 31:6–8 ESV
6 Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.” 7 Then Moses summoned Joshua and said to him in the sight of all Israel, “Be strong and courageous, for you shall go with this people into the land that the Lord has sworn to their fathers to give them, and you shall put them in possession of it. 8 It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.”
1 Corinthians 3:16 ESV
16 Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you?
Philippians 4:13 ESV
13 I can do all things through him who strengthens me.

III. Things we can do to be Strong and Courageous

Psalm 1:1–3 ESV
1 Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; 2 but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. 3 He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers.
Psalm 33:16–17 ESV
16 The king is not saved by his great army; a warrior is not delivered by his great strength. 17 The war horse is a false hope for salvation, and by its great might it cannot rescue.
Ecclesiastes 9:11 ESV
11 Again I saw that under the sun the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, nor bread to the wise, nor riches to the intelligent, nor favor to those with knowledge, but time and chance happen to them all.
Jeremiah 9:23 ESV
23 Thus says the Lord: “Let not the wise man boast in his wisdom, let not the mighty man boast in his might, let not the rich man boast in his riches,
Zechariah 4:6 ESV
6 Then he said to me, “This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel: Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit, says the Lord of hosts.

God’s Invitation and Plan of Salvation

Hear - Romans 10:17

Romans 10:17 ESV 17 So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.

Believe and Confess - Romans 10:9-10

Romans 10:9–10 ESV 9 because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved.

Repent - Luke 13:3

Luke 13:3 ESV 3 No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.

Be Baptized - Acts 2:38

Acts 2:38 (ESV) 38 And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

Remain Faithful - Revelation 2:10

Revelation 2:10 ESV 10 Do not fear what you are about to suffer. Behold, the devil is about to throw some of you into prison, that you may be tested, and for ten days you will have tribulation. Be faithful unto death, and I will give you the crown of life.
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