In our Sunday services, we’re beginning a new sermon series called Stronger. We’ll step into the shoes of Joshua as his world gets turned upside down by transitions and trials in his life – and learn what it means to be STRONG.

In Egypt, Joshua was a slave. He was born a slave, he lived the lifestyle of a slave – in fact, that lifestyle was all he ever knew. But God was about to challenge him. He wanted Joshua to become a leader and take over where Moses had left off, leading the children of Israel into the Promised Land. But God knew something about Joshua that others did not know.

He was afraid.

In the first chapter of Joshua, God has to tell him four times to BE STRONG.  While Joshua had deep seeded fears, God was going to turn this fearful worrier into a mighty warrior.

Maybe down deep you can identify with Joshua. By the outward appearance, you look like you have it all together – but at your very core, you’re fearful.  God has great plans and a great work for you to do, but because of fear, you are detoured from accomplishing God’s best for your life.

If I just described where you are in life right now, let me give you some encouragement.

You’re a child of God.

The moment you said Yes to God, you were adopted into His family. You became a child of God. Similar to adoption in this physical world, a lot of stuff had to take place behind the scenes. A price had to be paid that was more valuable than silver and gold, it was a currency that was spilled out on a cross two thousand years ago. Your debt was paid in full by the blood of Jesus – he said so himself. “It is Finished” means it is paid for, done, accomplished, settled, and satisfied. You are a child of God. Welcome to the family.

You’re no longer a slave.

Now that your price has been paid, you are no longer a slave – you are a child of God.

Let that sink in.

We were born into this world as slaves. Slaves to sin, fear, the flesh, you name it – we were in bondage. Along with your adoption came a brand new life. One you could never have dreamed of. God has not only given you a new life but an abundant life.

There will be times that you still feel like a slave, and there will be many battles along the way keeping you from living the abundant life that God has for you. But like Joshua, you need to be strong, and trust God with the change he is doing in your life.

Ephesians 6 says, “Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to stand (strong) . . .  For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.”

There’s a lot of bad stuff you have to fight against to walk in victory and live the abundant life God has for you. But in Him, you have the power to be strong, stand strong, live strong, and finally, finish strong.

You are stronger BECAUSE you are a child of God.