The Discipline of Presence

Joshua said to the People of God, “Sanctify yourselves, for tomorrow the Lord will do wonders among you!” (Josh. 3:5)

There are times in every person’s life when you stand at a “Jordan River Experience”! A moment when God brings a great opportunity across your path. A moment of promise and expectation… but also a moment that requires something from your heart! God is creative and adventurous. He plants those traits of adventure within us and knows that the best way to draw them out is through the challenges hidden inside of opportunity. The problem is that in order to see breakthroughs you have to have some major challenges!

There Are Risks:

There are many folks who cringe at new opportunities, because “risk” means the possibility of failure. But it also carries the enormous thrill of success. If you find yourself holding back at the edge of the ‘river’, I pray that God will stir your heart, that you will feel the adventure to cross over and take possession of the promise on the other side.

One of my favorite passages of Scripture is the address given by God to Joshua (Josh 1:1-9). God commands Joshua to “be strong and very courageous”! Although God reveals His generosity and faithfulness in Joshua’s moment of promotion, He also opens up the reality of every Christian’s greatest challenge… fear. God is the Master at mentoring leaders and He speaks clearly of how to overcome fear, through the “discipline of Presence”. The discipline of Presence is the ability to put on courage based upon a deeply rooted awareness that God is with you! Its the greatest resource in the midst of fear… “God will not give up on His Child!”

God’s Word to Joshua; “I will be with you, I won’t give up on you and I won’t leave you!”

These are words that should be in the forefront of our minds while stepping out into God’s plan each day. You and I are fit and appointed to the position God has chosen for us and it really doesn’t matter how anyone else has done the job before us. We must listen to God and follow His instruction… as He goes with us. We just have to be ourselves and let God do great things through us! If God tells us to go – WE GO! If God says to speak- WE SPEAK! No resistance, hesitation or distraction is worthy of our attention. We must never allow time to tick away, stealing opportunities from us. God says, “In the same way I was with Moses, I will be with you. I won’t give up on you; I won’t leave you” (Josh. 1:5). Notice its the discipline of Presence that establishes courage.

Its the discipline of Presence that establishes courage!

Our Key to Courage is the proven Truth; God is a good Father and is faithful to all of His children… all of His children! He is no respecter of persons; He is faithful to all! Listen to that verse again… “I won’t give up on you”. It doesn’t matter if we blew it yesterday… He hasn’t given up. We must not give up either!

Never, Never, Never – Give Up!

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