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Support from God. Joshua 1:5

Having support is critical to success.  I can’t think of anything more destructive than feeling unsupported, unloved, unwanted and all alone.

Without support, we are left to our own demise.

Here is some really great news: we are not meant to be left alone. It’s not apart of the plan.

However, as new leaders, its is quite easy to feel alone, especially when things seem overwhelming.

I want to share with you a few thoughts concerning the importance of support and encouragement.

I believe when we begin to the think about the details of our assignment and dream, it’s magnitude, it’s purpose and HUGE potential impact on the world, a dream thief will make aggressive and clever attempts to steal the dream by challenging our ability to make the dream a reality.

*secret: The thief tries to steal the dream by challenging us. He does not challenge the dream, the thief challenges us. The thief can’t touch the dream….because it’s Gods dream.

The only way for the dream to come to pass is for us to give voice and direction to it. We must be able to lead ourselves into the dream first. This only happens thru belief. We must believe our dream is possible. This starts with the initial conception of the dream which is planted into our hearts by the Holy Spirit of God.

By leading ourselves into the dream, we grow with each step in our personal development and leadership confidence. When this happens we attract the right people to join us and follow because it takes other people to help make the dream a reality. The dream is always about people. Always.

When we have an actualization to the boundaries of our dreams, when we begin to clearly see its borders, we may start to think about the process. We begin to think about the details. We think about how this massive dream will actually become reality. We wonder how?

If we are not careful, a thief will come to take the future of the dream by challenge our ability to lead. The thief pulls the hammer of doubt from his belt and begins to tap the nails of excuses into a coffin of unbelief…while we are in it!

If we are not careful, the dream dies before it is ever born.

The dream is aborted between conception and birth.

Our excuses try to put the clothes of explanation on so they [the excuses] are not so naked and shocking. I like what Agatha Christie says about explanations, “To rush into explanations is always a sign of weakness.”

Benjamin Franklin is noted for saying, “He that is good at making excuses is seldom good for anything else.”

Joshua had just as much of an opportunity as any of us to see the vision, get excited about the next season, and then in the next breath talk himself out it when the practicalities of making this awesome dream and national movement a reality seem quite large and impossible.

Thank God. He steps in verbally with clear words of support and encouragement for a reason. Joshua needed God’s support for the vision. So do we.

Joshua, I will always be with you and help you as I helped Moses, and no one will ever be able to defeat you.

I will always be with you and help you as I helped Moses, and no one will ever be able to defeat you. Joshua 1:5 Jay Bryan Sandifer
I will always be with you and help you as I helped Moses, and no one will ever be able to defeat you. Joshua 1:5 Jay Bryan Sandifer

Here are a few thoughts to consider:

  • Has God ever raised up leaders before?
  • If God does not Fail and God will always be with us always, hmmm… where does that leave us?
  • If God reminds us that he will never leave us and a victorious outcome is going to happen as a result of Gods power, grace, ability, comfort, support, why worry?
  • Will God forget about us?