13 Day Devotional – Day 13

“For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” Ephesians 2:10

Congratulations, you are in your last day of the fast! Be encouraged that you have finished strong!

When God created you long ago, He put a cause and purpose deep within you. You’ve spent the last 13 days seeking God and now it’s time to put your faith into action. The Bible tells us in James that faith without works is dead. God has prepared you long ago and refreshed you during this season to do the good works that He laid out for you to do. What will your first step be?

Will you trust Him? Will you take a step of faith and walk into the purposes and plans God has for you? Just as God told Joshua, “Be strong and courageous”, He is speaking that to you today. He told Joshua this not once but several times as He was preparing him to lead the Israelites into the Promised Land.

“After the death of Moses the servant of the LORD, the LORD said to Joshua son of Nun, Moses’ aide: ‘Moses my servant is dead. Now then, you and all these people, get ready to cross the Jordan River into the land I am about to give to them—to the Israelites. I will give you every place where you set your foot, as I promised Moses. Your territory will extend from the desert to Lebanon, and from the great river, the Euphrates—all the Hittite country—to the Mediterranean Sea in the west. No one will be able to stand against you all the days of your life. As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you. Be strong and courageous, because you will lead these people to inherit the land I swore to their ancestors to give them. 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. 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. 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’. So Joshua ordered the officers of the people: ‘Go through the camp and tell the people, ‘Get your provisions ready. Three days from now you will cross the Jordan here to go in and take possession of the land the LORD your God is giving you for your own.’” Joshua 1:1-11

God’s desire for you is to enter your promised land. Your promised land may not be a physical destination like the Israelites but a place of rest, of freedom, of victory and of hope. He has promised that no one will be able to stand against you. He has promised that He will never leave you and to be with you wherever you go. Your charge is to mediate on His Word, to be strong and courageous and to be obedient to what He has called you to do. God wants to use you to change a community, a state, a nation and a world. Will you take the charge?

-Pastor Matt Fry @mattfry