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Strategic obedience

How many times have we had something in our hearts that we wanted to do and we just didn’t quite know where to begin? Maybe God has placed an idea in us, but we don’t know what to do with it. If we were to be honest, we know that we heard God give us an instruction, but we are too afraid because we have told ourselves that our plans are going to crumble. We know that we need strategies in order to execute the plans that God has shown us. If we are going to build anything on a solid foundation, we will need to operate in strategic obedience.

A strategy is a plan or method. Proverbs 16:3 says, “Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and he will establish your plans,” (AMP). Whether there is something we want to build upon or something we have been called to do, if we submit those plans to him, he will give us strategies and lead us into proper execution of those plans. This means that we have to walk in obedience to what the Father is leading us to do and how he wants us to do it. Let’s take a look at Joshua, the man that was chosen to be Moses’s successor in leading the people of Israel.

In Joshua 1:3-5, the Father told Joshua that he was leading Israel from Arabia to the Mediterranean Sea. He set Joshua in position and reassured him. Joshua 1:6 says, “Be strong, confident, and courageous for you will give these people as an inheritance the land which I swore to their fathers.” This shows us that God is faithful in keeping his covenant, and v. 8 shows the importance of covenant obedience when he tells Joshua to meditate on the Book of the Law day and night, “...then you will make your way prosperous and you will be successful.” He shows Joshua how to stay focused on his instructions.

Through this example, we see how God shows us how to execute. He shows us how not to allow uncertainty to cause us to deviate from plans and strategies. God reassures us to be confident and to trust him. Walk in God’s peace as we trust in what he has shown us and has spoken to us.

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