Written by Erik Davis
There are times in our walk with Christ that our faith will be tested, its inevitable. Sometimes these moments in our life can feel so heavy and never ending, but the great news is that we have an amazing God. A God who loves us unconditionally, a God who showers us with comfort and grace and gives us peace when we just can’t seem to rest. Check out this verse in Joshua:
“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.” Joshua 1:9
What a great reminder and promise that no matter the obstacle we seem to find our self in front of, we can know that God is there. Don’t give up or give in, God will help you get through anything.
There was a Pastor in Africa who was going to be executed for his faith and on the eve of his planned day of execution he wrote his final journal entry. As you read the following think about each word, think about the passion this man had for Jesus and let it flow into your life.
I'm a part of the fellowship of the unashamed. The die has been cast. I have stepped over the line. The decision has been made. I'm a disciple of His and I won't look back, let up, slow down, back away, or be still. My past is redeemed. My present makes sense. My future is secure. I'm done and finished with low living, sight walking, small planning, smooth knees, colorless dreams, tamed visions, mundane talking, cheap living, and dwarfed goals. I no longer need preeminence, prosperity, position, promotions, plaudits, or popularity. I don't have to be right, or first, or tops, or recognized, or praised, or rewarded. I live by faith, lean on His presence, walk by patience, lift by prayer, and labor by Holy Spirit power. My face is set. My gait is fast. My goal is heaven. My road may be narrow, my way rough, my companions few, but my guide is reliable and my mission is clear. I will not be bought, compromised, detoured, lured away, turned back, deluded or delayed. I will not flinch in the face of sacrifice or hesitate in the presence of the adversary. I will not negotiate at the table of the enemy, ponder at the pool of popularity, or meander in the maze of mediocrity. I won't give up, shut up, or let up until I have stayed up, stored up, prayed up, paid up, and preached up for the cause of Christ. I am a disciple of Jesus. I must give until I drop, preach until all know, and work until He comes. And when He does come for His own, He'll have no problems recognizing me. My colors will be clear!
I hope this journal entry and the verse in Joshua gives you encouragement and helps you persevere through whatever trial you may be experiencing. Stay strong and God bless!