"Now I am about to go the way of all the earth. You know ... that not one of all the good promises God gave you has failed. Every promise has been fulfilled; not one has failed.” (Joshua 23:14 NIV)
There are more than 7,000 promises in the Bible. God says you can take these and claim them; they are there for you. The word “promise” is a key theme in the life of Joshua. At the beginning of his life, God made a promise, and at the end of the book, Joshua comments on those promises.
Joshua 1:3 says, " Wherever you go, I’ll give you that land, as I promised Moses” (CEV). It is impossible for God to lie. If he says it, it will happen, and that settles it —whether you believe it or not! God told Joshua, “I know there are seven enemy countries in this land, and they're all bigger and stronger, but I promise you you're going to possess the Promised Land.”
At the end of the book, right before he dies of old age, Joshua says "Now I am about to go the way of all the earth [I'm going to die]. You know ... that not one of all the good promises God gave you has failed. Every promise has been fulfilled; not one has failed” (NIV).
That's what I call the bookends of a successful life!
What exactly does God promise to those who serve him? There are many promises, including these three from Joshua chapter 1. You can count on:
1. Strength. Whatever God calls you to do, he’s going to give you the power to do it.
2. Success. You were designed to succeed at what God made you to do.
3. Support. God's work done God's way will not lack God's support.
There are thousands of other promises in the Bible that you can claim. And there's only one way you're going to be able to claim them: Study God’s Word. Read it, memorize it, and meditate on it.
God said to Joshua, "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 everything you do” (Joshua 1:8 NLT).
There is absolutely no correlation between your abilities and success. Your success is based on your commitment to the Word of God. When you are committed to obeying and meditating on the Bible, you will succeed at what God chose for you to do.
Talk About It
What do you think it means to meditate on the Bible? How do you do it?
Have you been relying on yourself and your abilities for success? What have been the results?
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 Pastors.com, a global Internet community for pastors.
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