“No man shall be able to stand before you all the days of your life…”
Have you ever wondered why some Christians seem to have great success in their personal lives? They seem to make better choices, commit less sin, and have more success in serving the Lord than others. I am not talking about one minister who has a larger church than another; but believers who walk more faithfully with the Lord, and live out their Christianity. I think the secret to successful Christianity is summed up in the instructions Joshua received after the death of Moses.
First, he was given a promise to cling to: “I will be with you and will not forsake you.” Essentially, Joshua must understand the secret to his success would not be his own strength or gifts. Understanding this, ensured he would never trust in himself, his ways or his deceptive emotions. Too many believers never quite come to the place where they stop trusting in themselves. When things become confusing, rather than clinging to the Lord and His Word, they run after whatever they think is best, only to pick up the pieces of the mess they have made. Step one to successful Christianity is learning we cannot trust ourselves.
Second, Joshua was instructed to keep the commandments found in the pages of God’s Word. The specific tasks Joshua was called upon to accomplish, was leading the people into the Promised Land. To accomplish this He must follow, explicitly, the directions from the Lord, no matter how difficult they may seem. To get into the land, they would follow God’s instruction, and part a river. Later, they would defeat Jericho with loud shouts and trumpets. Joshua must understand, to succeed in following the Lord, he must do things God’s way.
Third, Joshua had to learn, the only way to know the commandments of the Lord for daily living, was to be in the Word on a daily basis. He was commanded not to let the Word depart from his mouth, but to meditate upon it day and night (Joshua 1:8). Daily Bible reading ensures you have instruction for daily living. In addition to being fed spiritually, God has a way of speaking to our personal lives from the pages of His Word. The more you commit to getting to know your Bible, the more success you will find in living it out.