In this podcast devotional, JB and Casie Shreve continue to look at how to build internal strength by thinking strong. We start in Joshua 1 where the new leader of Israel is encouraged “be strong” AT LEAST THREE TIMES in the course of three verses. The implication is clear, he was not feeling very strong at the moment and God was exhorting him to the right posture. The key to that posture was where Joshua focused his mind.
Be strong and of good courage, for to this people you shall divide as an inheritance the land which I swore to their fathers to give them. Only be strong and very courageous, that you may observe to do according to all the law which Moses My servant commanded you; do not turn from it to the right hand or to the left, that you may prosper wherever you go. 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, and then you will have good success. Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:6-9
A primary place where we build internal strength is in the arena of our mind. Where are do our thinking patterns go? What authority do distractions have in our life? What mental habits have developed in our lives that are promoting earth-based thinking rather than faith-based thinking?
Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. Colossians 3:2
Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy–meditate on these things. The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you. Philippians 4:8-9
…since the weapons of our warfare are not worldly, but are powerful through God for the demolition of strongholds. We demolish arguments 5 and every high-minded thing that is raised up against the knowledge of God, taking every thought captive to obey Christ. 2 Corinthians 10:4-5
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