Joshua: 1:6-9, Matthew 7:7-8, Jeremiah 29: 11-14a: Trust in the Lord. There are so many things trying to attack us these days. I am speaking about the things of the world, the forces of darkness. In these verses, God promises to be with us. Jesus repeats the promise. He repeats the promise so that we may know the promises of the Old Testament, the ones where God promises His chosen people that He will guide them, He will go before them, He will hear them; are still relevant. When we accept Jesus as the Messiah, the Lord, and Savior, we become the Lord’s chosen. This means all the promises of the Old Testament are for us as well as the promises of the New Testament, because they are the same. God doesn’t change. He does not say okay this is a Tuesday so I will do this or this is a Saturday so I won’t do this. No, it does not matter, because God’s time is different from our time. His time is eternal where ours is finite. Which is why if we read a promise in the Old Testament, we can claim it for our loved ones, our friends, or OURSELVES. I can claim it for me? Isn’t that selfish? No, we have to claim for ourselves, we have to so that we can be there for others. How ridiculous it would be to pray God make everyone else strong but leave me be! No, we claim it for ourselves so that we can help others as Jesus commanded us to do.
6 “Be strong and courageous, for you are the one who will lead these people to possess all the land I swore to their ancestors I would give them. 7 Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the instructions Moses gave you. Do not deviate from them, turning either to the right or to the left. Then you will be successful in everything you do. 8 Study this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then, will you prosper and succeed in all you do. 9 This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
7 “Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened.
11 For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. 12 In those days when you pray, I will listen. 13 If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me. 14 I will be found by you,” says the Lord.