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"Study this book of the law continually. Meditate on it day and night so you m ay be sure to obey all that is written in it. Only then will you succeed. I command you - be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go." Joshua 1:8-9


So you might be thinking, "why this verse?" Well, for starters it comes right after Deuteronomy which is found towards the beginning of the Bible. Joshua was a brilliant military leader who had a strong spiritual influence on his people because of the submission to God…(you may have heard of him because he "fit the battle of Jericho and the walls came 'a tumblin' down.") Anyway, whenever God spoke to Joshua, Joshua listened and followed His word. Joshua realized that prosperity didn't come from things like power, money, etc.; he realized that in order to be successful, he had to follow God's words instead of the world's.

So how does this apply to you?? Well, many of you may have just recently gotten back from an awesome summer camp experience ready to live your lives for God, but may be finding it harder because you're no longer in the encouraging environment of camp. GOOD!! That would be too easy and God doesn't want that… He wants us to go to our schools and live for HIM by having the guts to say "no" to that party, or that bad movie, or whatever else could be negative. It may be hard at first, and its' supposed to be, but God will get you through it, HE promises you! Joshua give us the key to success right here. Stay active and involved in the word regularly (try on a daily basis) and be bold and courageous with the strength of our God. And remember, you've always got youth leaders and friends for support.

"Lord, give us the strength to rise above the world for you and show all what who you are, and what it means to love and be loved by you." - Amen

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