The Word

God's will can be frightening.

There....we said it. Yes, there are moments of knowing the fulness of His love, yes there are moments of indescribable peace, yes there are times we experience unbridled joy....but living in a state of complete reliance on God and not necessarily knowing what comes next, can be scary.

Moses was the big dog. He has led an entire nation out of slavery. He had climbed a mountain and heard God speak! He had kudos.

But Moses was now dead. 

Joshua was the man to take over.

I expect Joshua must have felt a little like David Moyes whenever he was asked to replace the vacancy at Manchester United left by Sir Alex Ferguson.

Ferguson was the most successful manager ever, in the history of the club. He had won everything. His personality was intrinsically linked with the culture of the club.

Now Moyes was there. Same players. Same strips. Same fans. No Ferguson.

Joshua had been called to lead the people of Israel into the Promised Land. He was fulfilling the prophecies that had been given and the promises that God had made.

He must have been petrified.

But God, in Joshua 1:7-9 says this: "Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go. 8 Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. 9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go."

Be strong and courageous. Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid.

You get the impression God was trying to say something.

But that's all very well. I can hear those words, how do I make that a reality in my life? I can't just turn on courage. I can't just turn off fear.

God gives the answer. "Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it."

If we spend time reading, listening and meditating on the Bible. If we really prioritise the Word of God. Then we can see courage build within us, these verses even say THEN we will be prosperous and successful.

That is why we as a church are committing to reading the New Testament together in 8 weeks. It may sound overwhelming, it might sound scary, but it really isn't. It's 10 pages a day. If you don't like to read, there is an audio version. If you prefer eBooks, there are digital versions.

However you like to learn and consume information, let's together make a commitment that this Lent (from this Wednesday), instead of giving something up, we take something up - the New Testament. 

We have no doubt, that as we do this we will see God move, we will see continued breakthrough and we will see transformation as God moulds us into becoming more like Jesus.

If you have not yet picked up a book, please email Jan (, we have a few remaining in the office and they are priced at £5 (although if you can't afford the £5, don't worry just take a book).


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