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Confirmation! How important is Endorsement?

“Sometimes it takes a while to recognize that someone has a special ability to get us to believe in ourselves, to tie that belief to our highest ideals, and to imagine that together we can do great things. In those rare moments, when such a person comes along, we need to put aside our plans and reach for what we know is possible.”  -Caroline Kennedy

Confirmation by definition:

  • to establish the truth, accuracy, validity, or genuineness off; verify
  • to acknowledge with definite assurance
  • to make valid or binding by some formal or legal act; sanction; ratify
  • to make firm or more firm; add strength to; settle or establish firmly
  • to strengthen (a person) in habit, resolution, opinion, etc.

Isn’t that good? Confirmation is simply establishing the truth, making the move *valid* and adding strength to the task at hand.

Are you able to explain the importance of Confirmation? Jay Bryan Sandifer
Are you able to explain the importance of Confirmation? Jay Bryan Sandifer

Confirmation: It is completely essential. It is outright necessary. It is absolutely needed…IF you are to move forward with confidence into your new dream and project.

We’ve seen in Joshua’s example that The Lord commanded Joshua to be Strong! Three times.

But here is the thing…. I think this is amazing! …..Moses told the very same thing several months earlier. Check it out:

Then Moses called for Joshua, and as all Israel watched, he said to him, “Be strong and courageous! For you will lead these people into the land that the lord swore to their ancestors he would give them. You are the one who will divide it among them as their grants of land. Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the lord will personally go ahead of you. He will be with you; he will neither fail you nor abandon you.

Who is Endorsing you?

 Joshua had the support of his leader.  Joshua had the public endorsement of his leader Moses. I believe this validation comes thru the trust and demonstration of an initiative to get things done. Joshua was a warrior. Joshua was a soldier. Joshua was a leader.

Let’s learn a little more about the dialogue concerning Joshua’s set up for leadership:

Then the Lord said to Moses, “Go up this mountain in the Abarim Range and see the land I have given the Israelites. After you have seen it, you too will be gathered to your people, as your brother Aaron was, for when the community rebelled at the waters in the Desert of Zin, both of you disobeyed my command to honor me as holy before their eyes.” (These were the waters of Meribah Kadesh, in the Desert of Zin.)

Moses said to the Lord, “May the Lord, the God who gives breath to all living things, appoint someone over this community to go out and come in before them, one who will lead them out and bring them in, so the Lord’s people will not be like sheep without a shepherd.”

So the Lord said to Moses,Take Joshua son of Nun, a man in whom is the spirit of leadership, and lay your hand on him. Have him stand before Eleazar the priest and the entire assembly and commission him in their presence. Give him some of your authority so the whole Israelite community will obey him. He is to stand before Eleazar the priest, who will obtain decisions for him by inquiring of the Urim before the Lord. At his command, he and the entire community of the Israelites will go out, and at his command, they will come in.” -NIV

Moses did as the Lord commanded him. He took Joshua and had him stand before Eleazar the priest and the whole assembly. Then he laid his hands on him and commissioned him, as the Lord instructed through Moses.

An endorsement is confirmation to your skill, gifting, and talent.

An endorsement is confirmation to your skill, gifting, and talent. Jay Bryan Sandifer
An endorsement is confirmation to your skill, gifting, and talent. Jay Bryan Sandifer
In our example, the lord used Moses and his existing administration to promote and confirm Joshua’s leadership ability to take over the nation…to take over the vision….to complete the will and desires of God for his people.
AND THEN…..The lord confirms this position and calling into next level leadership by speaking directly to Joshua AFTER Moses had passed.
One quick thought…..who are you shadowing? who are you serving? who are you in a relationship with who will take notice of your hearts efforts to impact this world and generation with your God-given talents, gifts, and skills?
Please take a moment and prayer for this person.