After Moses led the children of Israel to the promised land, he turned the leadership over to Joshua.

In the first chapter of Joshua, the Lord’s words to him were instructive and encouraging. He told him to be strong and very courageous, not turning from the law Moses gave him. In doing this, God said Joshua would prosper wherever he went as long as he meditated in the written law, day and night.

The success of Joshua’s mission depended on his personal obedience to the law of God.

As he obeyed, God instructed him to be of good courage and not to be afraid because He would be with Joshua wherever he went.

Our relationship with God will bring the same results. In Matthew 6:33, the Bible says to “seek ye first the kingdom of God and all the things we need will be added to us.”

He directs us today, like he did Joshua, when we look to the written word for our direction.

Joshua was told to meditate in the word. By reading and pondering scripture, we too can receive divine understanding through the spirit that resides within us.

The more understanding we have, the more our faith in God will increase.

God delights in giving his children good things. “Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.” III John 1:2.

Aren’t these encouraging words? I am excited to know for a fact that God wants me to do well and be in health. All I have to do is stay in the written word so my soul can prosper—He will take care of the rest.

I read some time ago about the function of a fountain. As long as it spewed forth, nothing would re-enter the source of its supply—it just maintained a steady outpouring and no junk from the outside could clog up the flow.

By the same principle, our spiritual supply is from the Holy Spirit and his forces are called the fruit of the spirit. These forces flow love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness and temperance. As we learn to open our heart to God, these forces will flow from us.

When they are in operation, the junk of the world cannot affect our lives. Satan’s influence is therefore limited by how much we allow these forces to operate.

This is a sobering realization, but one that offers a lifetime of hope.

“Now unto Him who is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power (Holy Spirit) that worketh in us.” Ephesians 3:20.

When the flow of these life forces becomes consistent, the battles we face—just like those of Joshua—will be overridden by God’s hand of grace.

Romans 8:37 tells us in all things, we are more than conquerors through Christ.

Let’s keep the fountain flowing so we can access this powerful blessing from God.

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