“Be strong and courageous.” Four times in the first chapter of Joshua this phrase is repeated. Joshua was about to do something he had never done before. He was about to cross a river that was overflowing, a mile wide at the time, and then to conquer the vast kingdoms inside the Promised Land. The promise was there, but he had to still have faith and live out the promise by remaining true to the conditions set forth by God in order to receive the promise.

With every promise comes a condition. My daughter Rebekah was struggling with her grades in high school for a period of time. Not terrible mind you, just not what she was capable of doing. Like most kids her age, she wanted a car. So, I made a little deal with her. I promised that I would buy her a car if she got her grade point up to 3.5 at the end of the semester. Wouldn’t you know…her grade point went from a 2.5 to a 3.5. We ended up gladly buying her a car. She received the promise because she met the condition. In the end, it made her a better student. I didn’t set the bar at a 4.00 for a reason. I wasn’t demanding perfection. I wanted to see an attitude change; a heart change. I wanted to see her improve her game for her own sake.

God makes promises too. They are all conditional, intended for us to receive the promise. God wants us to succeed. God wants to give us prosperity. When he sets a condition, He gives us the ability and power to keep those conditions. He is not expecting perfection, He is desiring to see a change in us; a willingness to step out and believe His promise, courageously stepping out and doing the things God has called us to do. Pray for others healing. Give food and clothes to the hungry and needy. Share the good news of Jesus with someone who needs to hear it. God’s promise is this: “I will never leave you or forsake you. I am with you. Now…be strong and courageous!” The Promised Land is here. Walk it out.