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Fear can paralyze and detract us from deeper spiritual growth.
In some circumstances in can keep us from receiving His full intended blessing or from entering into His promise. Joshua experienced this type of fear as he was instructed of the Lord to lead the Israelites into the "promised land". Gripped with self-doubt and unable to see beyond his circumstance, Joshua froze and could not move forward. Fear had overtaken him!
The task at hand grew greater than the God he served, this in spite of witnessing first hand His power and majesty growing as a youth. The situation in the natural seemed hopeless, crossing the Jordan was insurmountable. Yet the Lord met him and spoke the vision clearly to His heart. "Moses My servant is dead", were the first words from the Lord's mouth to Joshua, returning him back to the reality of Who was in charge.
Once the Lord had his attention, He reminded Joshua of past victories and revealed the formula for success and prosperity in the super natural.
Joshua's shortcomings, fears, doubts and others contradictory opinions of him did not deter the Lord from seeing his full potential. With the Lord before him and His word rooted firmly in his heart, the Jordan was subdued and the Lord glorified through an ordinary man performing an extraordinary feat. Joshua's realization of God's full potential in him ushered in His purpose for his life. Have you realized God's full potential in yours or do you not know that, "Moses My servant is dead"?
Pastor Jorge Jr.