DIVINE DIRECTION: STEPPING UP

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Steps__Halton_Castle__Runcorn__Cheshire_1984“After the death of Moses the Lord’s servant, the Lord spoke to Joshua son of Nun, Moses’ assistant. He said, 2 “Moses my servant is dead. Therefore, the time has come for you to lead these people, the Israelites, across the Jordan River into the land I am giving them. 3 I promise you what I promised Moses: ‘Wherever you set foot, you will be on land I have given you— 4 from the Negev wilderness in the south to the Lebanon mountains in the north, from the Euphrates River in the east to the Mediterranean Sea in the west, including all the land of the Hittites.’ 5 No one will be able to stand against you as long as you live. For I will be with you as I was with Moses. I will not fail you or abandon you. 6 “Be strong and courageous, for you are the one who will lead these people to possess all the land I swore to their ancestors I would give them. 7 Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the instructions Moses gave you. Do not deviate from them, turning either to the right or to the left. Then you will be successful in everything you do. 8 Study this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do. 9 This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:1-9, NLT)

There may come a time in your journey when God puts you in a position that requires you to step up. I’m not saying someone is going to die like in the passage above, but someone may step up, therefore requiring you to step up. Joshua was the assistant to Moses and I wonder the nervousness and anxiousness that was going through him as he stepped up into this position of leadership. Did he feel ready? Did he feel inadequate? Did he really want to have this responsibility? I’m sure he knew it was coming someday, but today, now, really?

God promised him the same as he did Moses. He kept reminding him to be strong and courageous so that tells me God knew he would have times of feeling weak and not capable. He instructed him not to deviate from the instructions Moses gave him, don’t turn to the right or to the left. He instructed him to study the Book of Instruction continually and meditate on it day and night and obey what is written in it. He then encouraged him that God would be with him wherever he went.

There are some key things here. Listen to the instruction of those who care for you and have been where you are. Continually study the Book of Instruction, it’s the road map to get you where you are going and daily encouragement to keep going.

If you desire to move forward with God and constantly be in His will then there will come a time, after you have gone through a time of preparation, when God will call you to step up. He’s positioning you now for something greater, be ready to jump in and step up when the time comes.

Author: Stephen Young

Stephen’s Gate is a weekly devotion that purposes to encourage people to live the victorious life God has called them to. Stephen grew up in a Christian home and was raised in Church. As a young boy he was very shy and never wanted to be the center of attention, however, he always had the desire to preach and minister to others. God called him into ministry in his late twenties and he has enjoyed every minute of it. Stephen previously served as an Assistant Pastor in Fort Fairfield, Maine before moving to Georgia. Stephen and Kristen have been married for 11 years and have two beautiful girls, Abigail and Sydney.

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