SELAH Daily Devotions!
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. 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 1:8-9
Whaa Da? I get it! In the midst of the myriad of prominent prolific pastors, poised preachas, pulpit pounding prosperity prophets, packed out padded pews, dazzling mood lighting, symphonic sound systems and praiz and worship leaders (auditioning for Stella Awards), its kinda easy to lose sight of what qualifies as true spiritual success! #ijs! Can the courageous church say, Amen 3x!
Didjakno? Spiritual success is not measured according to perfection, fear, fainting, failures nor even wanting to give up!
It’s not measured according to how many chapters you read a day, how many scriptures you memorize or quote, your church affiliation, the number of zero’s on your tithe check, your designer labels, your zip code, what you drive, your last name or how many titles/degrees you have in front or behind your name!
Believe it or not, it’s not indigenous to your melodious prayers, swarming soul-stirring testimonies, how high you jump, or how fast you run around the church!
According to our scripture reference, Joshua was suddenly confronted with a situation that on the surface seemed impossible to fulfill! Unbeknownst to him, during the last 40 years, God had been preparing him to lead his people into the Promised Land. Having personally witnessed a myriad of miraculous events since leaving Egypt, Joshua had become quite content with undergirding the awemazing ministry of God’s Servant/Leader, Moses. However, when Moses died, Joshua’s world was struck by the shocking realization that God was calling him from the background to the forefront!
It’s a whole lot easier to sit on the side lines and admire, envy, compare, murmur or complain about what others are doing or not doing! However, when God flips the script and the burden and responsibility of leadership is shifted upon you, your perspective is abruptly altered. Joshua discovered that the past courageous feats on the battlefield were rewarding, nevertheless it did not exempt him from the inner -threatening-hauntings of self-doubt, fear of failure, frustrations, rejection and do I have what it takes to get this done???
But God knowing Joshua’s heart, so graciously interrupted these taunting imaginations, assuring him, “As I was with Moses, so I will be with you.” (Ref. Joshual 1:5) Joshua learned that at the end of the day, his success was not dependent on his own strength, military skills or intellect, but rested solely upon his ability to take God at His Word! If God be for us, who can be against us? Romans 8:31 #DIDJACDAT? Failure is not an option when your hope is anchored in God’s Presence and Promises!
In God’s Eyes, spiritual success is the culmination of maneuvering your thru the mine-fields of this life, maturing while mastering and maintaining the knowledge and power of being saved, sane and survive all at the same time!
WOW! THAT’S SUCCESS–IN GOD’S SIGHT! Now, WHO OR WHAT’S BLOCKING U?
Pause, Ponder, Pray & Praiz!