Be Undefeatable: Lean On The Lord

"No one will be able to defeat you all your life. Just as I was with Moses, so I will be with you. I will not leave you or forget you.” (Joshua 1:5 NCV)

You need to learn to lean on the Lord. It doesn’t mean just believe in him — it means depend totally, completely, and exclusively on God. When you lean on something, you expect it to hold you up. You can lean on the Lord.

"No one will be able to defeat you all your life. Just as I was with Moses, so I will be with you. I will not leave you or forget you” (Joshua 1:5 NCV). If you study Joshua's life, you’ll find that, as long as he leaned on the Lord, he was undefeatable.

When you think you can’t do something on your own power, that’s OK. Lean on God, and he will give you his power to do what he’s called you to do. You lose your fear when God is near, and he’s promised to always be with you.

Some of you are leaning on other people. They may be Christians, they may be godly people, but they will let you down because they’re human, because nobody's perfect. There is no guarantee that the person you lean on the most — husband, wife, parent — will even be around for any length of time. You need someone who cannot be taken away from you. You need to learn to lean on the Lord.

Proverbs 3:5-7 says, "Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight” (NIV). You can trust God with your future. Learn to lean on him.

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Sometimes we don’t even want to lean on other people; it’s just easier to lean on ourselves. What is the danger in that?

What do you need to trust God with today?


Rick Warren is the founding pastor of Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, Calif., one of America's largest and most influential churches. Rick is author of the New York Times bestseller "The Purpose Driven Life." His book, "The Purpose Driven Church," was named one of the 100 Christian books that changed the 20th century. He is also the founder of, a global Internet community for pastors.

This devotional ©2012 by Rick Warren. All rights reserved. Used by permission.

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