keep on with the force don’t stop
from Called to Conquer by Bishop Eddie Long
Keep Going and Do Not Stop to Tickle Any Ears
Scripture Reading: Joshua 1
Key Verse: Joshua 1:9
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.
Joshua heard it all during the forty years he served Moses. The protests, excuses, justifications, and groaning seemed endless at times. You have heard them, too, if you have ever stretched beyond your comfort zone to speak the truth about God’s will before a group of people:
“Why must I know this gospel?”
“Why do I have to be radical?”
“Why do I have to come against the paradigms of traditional religion?”
“Why do I have to endure criticism?”
Finally the day came when God gave Moses’ assignment to Joshua, and he knew was about the face the challenge of his life. On that day, God bluntly reminded Joshua that he was a man with a mission from God, and He warned him in advance not to be afraid or dismayed.
The same thing will happen to you if you are serious about following Jesus. You may face these challenges on a drastically smaller scale, but they are still challenges. Remember that what other people say or do not say does not matter; you are filled with the Holy Spirit and dispatched on kingdom business. Whether people approve or not, you are ushering in the Spirit of God wherever you go.
People like to have their ears “tickled” with flattering words and flesh-pleasing messages that soothe the ego. The Word of God does not tickle people’s ears; it simply declares divine realities that minister to the heart. Forget flattery—God’s love is far better.
Just walk through your difficult times and keep your eyes on the Author of the covenant promises. Receive understanding and wisdom through this testing time and trust the King to bring you through it with more strength than when you began. Take comfort in this fact: the next time you speak about this subject, you will have an inner witness and a visible authority that others cannot deny or easily set aside.
Father, please forgive me for asking, “Why?” more than I have said, “Yes, Lord.” I know that You know what is best for me and for the kingdom—where You lead I will follow. By Your grace, neither the opinions of men nor the difficulty of my circumstances will turn me aside. In the end, I will testify of Your faithfulness with authority and power in Jesus’ name.