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God Is With Us!

Joshua 1:9

…the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.

profileI use to encourage people – and still do – to walk every day as if God were walking with you (try it for a week).   Imagine driving to work with Jesus in the passenger seat. Would you listen to different music? Would you keep your attitude in check better when in heavy traffic or when someone cuts you off on 495 (or whatever road you use)?

Imagine God sitting next to you at work. Would you be more honest in your dealings with clients? Would you work harder? Would you do a better job? Would you treat others better?

Imagine Jesus sitting next to you when you’re on the computer. Would there be sites you wouldn’t visit that you normally visit? What about Jesus sitting with you while you watch TV? Would you watch your favorite shows or would you watch something else – something you hardly ever watch – so that Jesus wouldn’t be offended?

How about imagining the way you treat your spouse or friends? How about the way we treat other people in our lives? How about our thought life even? If Jesus were sitting next to us – would even be concerned about our thought life?

Just imagine that God is with you always – Joshua 1:9 – Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.

This passage was meant to be an encouragement – a promise to help us through a tough time. We need to realize that it is true whether we imagine it or not. We need to know that God is with us always and God sees what we see – hears what we say and hear – watches our every step. We can hide from others – but we cannot hide from God. What was meant as an encouragement – some would be afraid of I bet. Try walking the next week with the idea that Jesus is with you every step of the way and see if it doesn’t impact your life. Keep it up until this knowledge becomes an encouragement rather than some weird experiment the pastor asked you to try.

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.

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May 23, 2014 - Posted by | Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Personal | , , ,

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