Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee withersoever thou goest. Joshua 1:9 Sometimes when we are fearful, we need someone to tell us what to do. When you have doubts, a person you trust can tell you what to do and it helps you conquer your doubts. Joshua is leading Israel into the promised land. Fear was one of their enemies, not just the inhabitants of the land. Joshua had to remind them several times of God’s command and his promise. We too can be paralyzed by fear. Remember that God commands us to “be strong and of a good courage.” We are not to be afraid or dismayed. How can we do this? It is through the sure knowledge that our Lord and our God is with us, withersoever we go!
And it came to pass, that, when Elisabeth heard the salutation of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb; and Elisabeth was filled with the Holy Ghost: Luke 1:41 The babe, John, leaped for joy at Mary’s voice. Mary, the mother of his saviour! Here we see the Holy Spirit at work in a child, not yet born. What a precious miracle. Have you ever wondered how often the Holy Spirit moves in the lives of unborn children? What a question to ponder! Elisabeth was also filled with the Holy Spirit. Read on in verses 42 through 46 of Luke Chapter 1. She testifies as to who Mary is and to what her yet unborn child has done. Elisabeth tells Mary that “the babe leaped in my womb for joy.” The Holy Spirit also blesses Mary for believing the Lord. How different than what Elisabeth’s husband Zacharias did. Have joy and believe! The Christ Child is here. The Holy Spirit can give you this.
It is interesting to note that when Jesus teaches in the Bible that the people noticed something different about his teaching. “For he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes.” Matthew 7:29 The teaching of Jesus is worth studying, because it has with it the authority of God.
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