Have you ever woken up in the morning and didn’t feel the strength to get out of bed? I have. What do you do in that scenario? I depend on The Lord. The Lord is my strength and the one I can depend on day and night. Continue to read as I share about how The Lord is my strength.
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Join me as I go inside one of the Bible study workbooks I’ve created and show you exactly the process I go through to dig deeper into scripture.
These workbooks were created so that you do one day every day of the week or sometimes five to six days in a seven-day week. But instead, we’re going to take it slow and we’re going to do one day per week for the next couple of weeks.
Following a daily, or weekly bible study workbook is a really good way to dig into God’s word.
Bible study can be as simple as taking a few minutes every day and answering some questions.
So the workbook that we’re going to be going through is this one called Jesus is Immanuel, God with us. It is free for you right now to use, so if you don’t have your copy, fill out the form below this paragraph. The workbook will go straight to your inbox. You can then print it off and join me as we go through it together.
Verses to Read Today
Joshua 1:9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
Isaiah 41:10 Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’
Deuteronomy 31:6 Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the Lord your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you.”
Part 1: Be strong and of Good Courage
Bible Study Questions & Answers
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”Joshua 1:9
1. What is Joshua telling us not to do?
Do not be afraid.
2. Who is with us?
God himself is with us.
3. Why should this verse give us comfort?
Before you answer this question, it would be good to ask yourself, does this verse scare you or does it comfort you?
If it scares you, why does it scare you? If it comforts you, what is it about God being with us that comforts you?
We are never alone
This verse comforts me because it reminds me I’m never alone.
And that because he’s with me, he knows me. Still loves me. He wants that relationship with us.
There have been many years in my life where I’ve had a really hard time making friends. I’m not really great at making friends and so there have been portions in my life where I felt extremely alone. But even in those times, I knew I wasn’t alone because God was with me.
I also have a really hard time opening up this. I feel like if I tell people my thoughts are going to hate me.
But then I think they’re God, and he knows all my thoughts. He knows everything. I’ve been through. He knows all the different things and even with everything he knows he still loves me. He still wants to spend time with me. He still wants to have that relationship with me.
These truths give me so much comfort, so I’d love for you to take a minute and let me know in the comments why this verse comforts you.
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Part 2: I am with you always
Bible Study Questions & Answers
Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’Isaiah 41:10
This is a little bit repetitive, but if your brain is like mine, you need to hear the same thing 100 different times and it says it in a different way so that we can really fully get this truth ingrained in our mind.
1. Why should we not be afraid?
I am with you? God is with us.
2. What will God do for us?
He will strengthen us. He will help us. And he will uphold us.
The Lord is my strength: What does that look like in our lives?
So we see from the verse The Lord gives us strength. He helps us. He upholds us.
What’s an example of that in your life?
When I think about strength, I think about how, in my own strength, I would be very short with my children.
But The Lord gives me strength to be patient and loving and gracious to them.
In the comments, I would love for you to share an example of the time when the Lord gave you strength or he helped you, or he upheld you.
When I think about the word uphold, it’s those times in your life where you feel so weak and just so incapable of really even thought or movement. You don’t think you can face the day. But through the Lord’s strength, we can go on.
I’ve had those moments in my life where I just don’t feel like I can continue where I kind of want to give up. I want to walk away, but through the Lord’s strength it’s like he is holding all of my body weight, helping me, you know, get up out of bed, take the next step, move on in my day and so that’s what I think of when I read the word uphold.
Part 3 In Christ, we have nothing to fear
Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the Lord your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you.”Deuteronomy 31:6
1. What should we not be afraid of?
In this context, God is talking to Joshua. The Lord has just appointed Joshua to be the leader of the people of Israel.
Moses has passed away. They are instilling a new leader. It’s going to be Joshua and this is The Lord speaking to him saying be of good courage. Do not be afraid of them so them. They need people you lead.
2. Why would Joshua be afraid of the people around him?
I’ve been a spiritual leader in many different areas. I love this verse for the encouragement to leaders to not be afraid of the people we lead.
As a church leader, as a small group leader, and even as a parent, you’re leading people, and it’s easy to become afraid of people.
Certainly when you’re in a position of leadership or power in a church, let’s say it can be easy to be swayed by the people around you, the congregation, because you want to please them.
Or maybe you’re afraid of criticism or anything else, this verse is reminding us to not be afraid.
The Lord himself had appointed Joshua, and he’s telling him you’re not going to lead by yourself.
I’m going to be right there with you, and it’s the same thing with parenting.
I remember how scared I was when my eldest daughter was first born. And even to this day when I think about the next stages that we’re facing, I’m afraid.
She’s turning 13. I’m going to have a teenager. And then we’re going to get into those years where they start becoming more and more independent, leaving the home, you know, going to university, getting married, all those things, those stages scare me.
And so I remember this verse because it’s saying don’t be afraid. I’m going to be with you. I am with you in whatever scenario we’re in, and however capacity that we’re leading, we don’t need to be afraid of the people we’re leading because God is with us.
3. What promise are we given?
God is with us. And I know that’s repetitive, but it’s really important that we remember this,
4. Since we’re not Jewish does this promise extend to us? Why?
Yes, this promise extends to us! In this series, we read Matthew 1:23 which says Immanuel means God with us.
And so there are verses in the Old Testament, but also the New Testament, speaking to us, saying God, I am with you.
So this promise we can claim for our own because we know God is speaking not just to one person, not to just the Jewish nation, but to anyone who turns to the Lord who accepts him as Lord and Savior. He says I am with you and if you want.
More evidence we can think about the Holy Spirit. When we are saved, we are instilled with the Holy Spirit and the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is one of the persons in the Trinity. God the Father, God the son, God the Holy Spirit.
So when we’re saved, we get the Holy Spirit. And that is the God himself in us. So we went through a few more verses today, three different ones.
What have you learned today?
I want you to think of one thing that really you either learned or that stuck out to you.
For me, it was about this leadership piece. As a leader, I don’t have to be afraid of people. God will help me. God will help me lead God is with me so again this is nothing new.
I’ve known this. But today it really stood out and encouraged me, and even with my kids, I shared that. I’m afraid of the next stage. And it’s just this next reminder that the Lord is going to be with me wherever I go, whatever I do, whatever comes next, and so that piece was really encouraging to me today.
So in the comments, I would love for you to tell me what stuck out to you today. Maybe you’ve learned something, maybe a verse just got a new perspective for you. Maybe something really just jumped off the page and stuck in your mind. Or maybe a word. It’s just being repeated in your brain and so whatever that is, I’d love for you to share in the group and the comments below.
A quick Bible study tip for you
Look for things we should not do or think.
For example, in today’s Bible story we were seeing that God was telling Joshua to not be afraid is. So if you want to know what God wants you to do or what he doesn’t want you to do, there are lots of areas in the Bible that will be very specific.
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