Courageous to Empowered 

Sitting and reflect on the year of being “Courageous” the time of stepping out of the boat towards the saviours calling to walk on water, I see the many moments when God has commanded us to be like Joshua…” be bold and courageous, have I not commanded you to”. (Joshua 1:9)

The year of walking boldly in the lane God has called me and you to live and lead, The year of running the race in which he has called us to run. 

The many moments of walking the talk, the times of kneeling before the creator praying the Joshua prayer of courage to step out into the unknown of life and leadership.

As I sit and reflect on the year of courage I see how God is beautifully aligning the “NEW” beginnings of the new year to be “Empowered” to do all he has called us to do. When we step out in courage, he empowers us to lead out of our very “BEING” with God. The Holy Spirit empowers us to fulfill the calling that God has placed within our heartbeat of ministry. 
The first step is to be bold and courageous, taking on the calling of the heartbeat he has within us to go and mission to the world. The following of this step is the empowerment of the Holy Spirit in which enable us to do the great works that he has pre planned since before creation. 

This New Year’s Eve, as we reflect on this year, what moments has God called you to be bold and courageous? Has he called you to step out of the boat and walk on water? Has he called you to step into the unknown of leadership to then empower you to do great works for his kingdoms purposes?
Take some time out and reflect and seek Gods will and ways for you as you enter 2017 Empowered for his greater kingdom work. Will 2017 be the year God Empowered your through the Holy Spirit to go out into all the world, make disciples and envest in the church?

Why not take time tonight and reflect on these questions so the Holy Spirit can breath life into you as you seek, serve and follow Him into 2017. 
1. What was the single best thing that happened this past year?

2. What was the single most challenging thing that happened?

3. What was an unexpected joy moment this past year?

4. What was an unexpected obstacle you had to face with courage? 

5. Pick three words to describe this past year.

6. Pick three words to describe this past year.

7. What was the best bible verse God used in your life this year?  

8. Who were your most valuable relationships that helped champion you in Gods kingdom? 

9.What was your biggest personal change from January to December of this past year?

-In what way(s) did you grow emotionally?

-In what way(s) did you grow spiritually?

– In what way(s) did you grow in your relationships with God?

10. What was your single biggest time waster in your life this past year?

11. What was the best way you used your time this past year?

12. What was biggest thing you learned this past year?

13. What is God calling you to step out into in 2017? 


Courageous wrap up 

As we finish a year of being “courageous” and enter a new year of “empowerment” what has God been speaking and shaping in your heart through this? 

Looking at the life of Joshua we learnt about how a leaders courageous forward faith brought the promises of God to completion. Entering the promise land and claiming the words spoken many generations prior to Abraham. 

God knew that Joshua could not do the task at hand on his own, commanding him to be bold and courageous several times. God also knew that Joshua needed the empowering of the great “I AM” to bring this to completion. As we move into the year of empowered know that like Joshua, God calls us to be bold and courageous to empower us to do what he has called us to do. 

Over this season of rest and renewal reflect on this year, the moments when God has commanded you to be bold and courageous. Reflect on how Gods empowerment always came through with the calling. 

Take this season to sit at the feet of your father, listen to his whispers to your heart, and the callings he has for you in this new and upcoming year of empowerment. 

Start to meditate in the book of Acts, seeing the empowerment of the church and the body of Christ. Why not take a backtrack on the “soul connection blog” and revisit the many lessons we learn from Joshua and his forward faith. 

From my heart to yours, may God richly bless you as you take time to be still and know that He is God. This season be present and prepare Him room in your heart, soul, spirit and strength to fall deeper in Love with a God who gave the gift of grace in his son. 
Merry Christmas may you rest, renew and refresh this season to be empowered for the new year ahead. 

Courageous Rest 

Place, Pause And Plans = Season of rest

I don’t know about you, but when we get to the end of the year we sometimes feel the stressors of the year from our life and leadership. The adrenaline wears of, the reality of what was a busy year sometimes leaves us depleted of peace and energy. Coming to the end of the year and it’s always good to take stock of what was the year. 
Taking stock of this year and looking into the new year as we launch into a year of empowerment, what is God whispering for this year to come. 

1. God is calling us to Lead out of a place of rest.
How can we lead out of a place of rest going into what’s called the crazy season of family, wrap up and start up mode. A Season of rest and renewal , If we are called to Love the lord with all your …. Luke 10:27 Spirit , Soul and Mind  

Q) How can we do this in our soul and spirit connection? 

2. Coming into this season of Christmas God is calling us to have a: 

1. Season of communication with himself 

2. Season of connection with himself 

God calls us to take time, take a season to rest and renew in Him – It’s ok to rest, It’s ok to stop, It’s ok to put down all the visions, dreams and plans to have a nourishment season to grow stronger.

The more we be silent, sabbath and solitude the more we will find peace in the pace of this world.

3. Finding Gods peace in place,pauses and plans: 

1. Place : 

Mark 6:31 And He said to them, [As for you] come away by yourselves to a deserted place, and rest a while–for many were [continually] coming and going, and they had not even leisure enough to eat.

This passage shows us that in the busyness of “coming and going”, Jesus calls us to come away, by ourselves to a deserted place so we can hear Gods voice and rest. God is calling you and I to: 

by yourself come and sit at the fathers feet to rest and renew in Him. 

deserted places so that we can be still and know that He is God. 

no distractions so that we can clearly hear him with no noise. 

2. Pause : 

Matthew 11: 28-30 Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy-laden and overburdened, and I will cause you to rest. [I will ease and relieve and refresh your souls.] Take My yoke upon you and learn of Me, for I am gentle (meek) and humble (lowly) in heart, and you will find rest (relief and ease and refreshment and recreation and blessed quiet) for your souls.

It’s ok to push the pause button over this next few months. You see Jesus shows us that when we come to him, let him take full control, take his yoke then we truly find rest. Pressing pause is the healthy way to be nourished as we come to Him, cast our burdens and care on Him, take His yoke so we can experience Him in a FRESH new way. 

– come to him

– heavy Laden , overburdened

– take my yoke 

– let go of the control 

– pause in a new way/ experience God 

3. Plans :

Psalm 23  1 The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. 2 He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. 3 He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. 

4 Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. 5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. 

6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the LORD forever. –

Proverbs 3:4-6 

5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. 6 In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. 

When we meet the Shepard, rest in Him, he grows our root system in him so we become like the tree planted by still waters in Psalm 1. When we take the time to meditate on Him, he clarifies all the noise and distractions to help us see the clear paths and plans he has for us to walk. It’s within the season of meditation in Him do we find the true plans he has for us as he makes the paths straight.

– meet the Shepard

– planted grounded in God dig deep roots to sustain you in Christ.

– meditate on him and then he will give you the plans 

This season as you wind up for the year, take some much needed time to discover God in the place, pause and plans. 

Application questions to journal with:

What do i make of all of this?

What do i feel God is saying to me?

 What do i need to take from this?

What changes do i need to make?

How can i share this with my leadership team verbally and practically?

Wednesday Worship Playlist

You Make Me Brave // WATCH CLIP HERE
Today worshiping and reflecting I fall to my knees in absolute surrender. When I surrender and place God on the throne of my life it is HIM who makes me brave. It is HIM who gives me strength and bravery to achieve all he has planed for my life and leadership. 

So many times we try and be brave in our own strength and this is where we fall into the pride.  So many times we place our pride on the throne of our lives. When we do this we limit God and his power to work within our lives for the greater kingdom glory. You see, to be truly brave and courageous we cannot do this in our own strength. It only comes through true humility surrendering our lives to the Great “I AM”. Through the great “I AM” we can accomplish more than we could ever imagine. All the men and women in the bible the great “I AM” called to be brave, were men and women of true humility and surrender to Him. It was so the true bravery was not based on mans pride but the power of the great “I AM”. 

Today as you listen and worship, have you placed God on the throne of your life? 

Have you surrendered all to Him? 

Brave Lyrics 

I stand before You now

The greatness of your renown

I have heard of the majesty and wonder of you

King of Heaven, in humility, I bow

As Your love, in wave after wave

Crashes over me, crashes over me

For You are for us

You are not against us

Champion of Heaven

You made a way for all to enter in

I have heard You calling my name
I have heard the song of love that You sing

So I will let You draw me out beyond the shore

Into Your gracel

Your grace

You make me brave

You make me brave

You call me out beyond the shore into the waves

You make me brave

You make me brave

No fear can hinder now the love that made a way

Courageous Generation Changer 

Deborah what a courageous leader in her generation. The woman who was a fearless patriot, a courageous early  history prophetess-judge that listened and lead with great convictions of the great Jehovah-Shalom. Deborah stands out as among the wisest of all the Old Testament women who was strong-minded, unique and full of generational impact on a nation as she ruled with an imperishable honour.

Deborah was a wife who was a master of her own home channelling the proverbs 31 women as she lived and lead. She was one of several females in scripture that was empowered with the prophetic gift as discernment to discern the mind and purposes of God as she proclaimed to the nation. With the divine connection between God and the people of Israel, she courageously proclaimed boldly the divine truth of God. 

Under that palm tree beneath the shade sat Deborah, “The sanctuary of the palm” she dealt out righteousness, justice and mercy. Deborah poured out wisdom and discernment to instruct the whole counsel of God. A women of wise intuition and inspiration she was always able to stir up, excite public discussion with the key view of the nation producing change towards Gods plans.

Deborah was an effective agitator who stirred up Israel’s concern about its low spiritual condition.”

“Deborah did more than prophesy; she aroused the nation from its lethargy and despair. Hers was a fearless and unsolicited devotion to the emancipation of God’s people, and she awoke in them a determination to free themselves from their wretched bondage and degradation. Out went her call and challenge to the help of the Lord against the enemy. Day after day, she excited those who gathered to hear her words of divine wisdom with the certainty of deliverance from a heathen foe if only they would bestir themselves from their folly and fear and go out and fight.”  

She Was a Ruler and was the fifth of the leaders or “Judges” of Israel raised up by God to deliver His people. When man saw and did what was right in their own eyes, Deborah position was to display character and to boldly reminded Barak of God’s promise to go before them, and the blessings that come with obedience. 

She Was a Warrior who was a fighter and heroine. “Deborah sent for Barak, the son of Abinoam of Naphtali, and told him that it was God’s will that he should lead her forces and deliver the country. Long slavery and repeated failures made Barak hesitate, but ultimately he decided to lead the army provided Deborah, the brave-hearted and dauntless ruler, went with him. Barak felt he could face the foe if his ruler were at hand, and out they went to meet Sisera, a mighty man of war, who had terrorized Israel for many years.”

So how can we apply this courageous leadership example in our life and leadership? God is calling courageous women of this generation who are fearless to live and lead with great convictions. Women who stand out as wise among the world. God wants strong-minded, unique and determined women who are full of generation impact on the world around us. 

Women who are empowered by the Holy Spirit to discern the mind and purposes of God to proclaim to this nation. Women who have divine connection to God and that deals with righteousness, justice and mercy. Women who are wise intuition and inspiration that can stir up and cause people to see the revival that is needed in your young women across Australia. 

Women who are raised up by God to lead in the principles of God, raised up to lead in positions to display character, integrity and obedience to God. Women who are warriors who fight for God’s word and gospel for mankind to hear the salvation. Women who are warriors to go and fight for God’s kingdom here on earth.

Today as you reflect on the life and leadership of Deborah, what is the Holy Spirit stirring in you? What are you waiting for to stand up and lead courageously a generational change? God is searching for women of our time to stand up, surrender and serve the mighty Jehovah-Shalom. Will you be like Deborah and courageously be a generational change?


Courageous Resurrection 

 1 But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they went to the tomb, taking the spices they had prepared.2 And they found the stone rolled away from the tomb,3 but when they went in they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus.

4 While they were perplexed about this, behold, two men stood by them in dazzling apparel.5 And as they were frightened and bowed their faces to the ground, the men said to them, “Why do you seek the living among the dead?

6 He is not here, but has risen. Remember how he told you, while he was still in Galilee,7 that the Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men and be crucified and on the third day rise.”

8 And they remembered his words,9 and returning from the tomb they told all these things to the eleven and to all the rest.

10 Now it was Mary Magdalene and Joanna and Mary the mother of James and the other women with them who told these things to the apostles,-

 Luke 24:1-10

Early that morning the women who once encounter Christ in his earthly ministry went to the tomb. The mourning of the loss of their saviour, they were filled with loss, grief and fear. Fear that they had lost their lord forever and the depth of the grief was high and deep. 

The Christ that they once walked with, Talked with,  who gave them life… life from their entanglement of sin and suffering gave them a hope, hope in a future and purpose on earth. With the death of Christ these women felt the loss of the future and the great hope Christ offered. Their hope was crucified and berried in that tomb and with great fear and trembling they approached the grave. 

Seeing that the grave was empty, their hearts were fear stricken in their soul they cry out “where did you take our lord”. 
While they were perplexed about this, behold, two men stood by them in dazzling apparel.5 And as they were frightened and bowed their faces to the ground, the men said to them, “Why do you seek the living among the dead?

6 He is not here, but has risen. Remember how he told you, while he was still in Galilee,7 that the Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men and be crucified and on the third day rise.”

Through the power of the resurrection these women stood face to face with their Lord and saviour only to be empowered by the power of the resurrection. To become courageous in their life and leadership, these women were about to become the messengers of the great message of the resurrection. They were entrusted to spread the message of hope to all. In the upper Room these women received the power of the Holy Spirit , to go and be courageous in spreading the gospel to all. 

God used these women to be courageous in encountering their saviour on earth, through the cross and at the empty tomb of resurrection. The power of the Holy Spirit within them was the launching platform in which gave them the hope and future Christ promised while he was with them. (Acts 1:8)

Courage starts with the empowering of the resurrection of Christ within our hearts and souls. When we truly connect to the power of the empty tomb, the power of the resurrected Christ we find our lives are transformed, our earthly hope and purpose within the kingdom work of spreading the gospel of  “good news” to all. 
Through the resurrection it is where the true empowerment of courage comes from. It’s in the power that Christ conquered the gave that gives us the believe the hope and future to live victorious lives. Its when we revive the true life we can have life to the fullest and be courageous in and through the victory of the resurrection. 

“Death has no sting, no power can hold Him in the grave”…  this is what give us the courageous resurrection empowerment in which no earthly power can stand against us. When we walk in the encountement of the empty tomb, we live and lead courageous lives to go and share the gospel of hope, the “good news” to all.

Do you live in the power of the resurrection in your life and leadership? 

Do you live courageously through the power of the resurrection within your life? 

Just like the women who encounter the empty tomb they were able to live fully courageous lives, as they knew the power off the resurrection . The hope and future is that of “death has no sting”. Courageous lives start at the cross, but is encounterment through the resurrection of the saviour in the empty tomb and the empowering of the Holy Spirit who lives and leads within us.

Courageous living and leadership is the beginning of empowerment. 

This week, reflect of the courageous resurrection and how this transforms your whole soul being, your heart, soul, spirit and strength. How does this help you as you go out in leadership? 

Application questions to journal with:

What do i make of all of this?
 What do i feel God is saying to me?
 What do i need to take from this?
What changes do i need to make?
 How can i share this with my leadership team verbally and practically?

The courage to be a courageous pioneer.

What does a courageous pioneer women look like? Thinking of women throughout history I think of Florence Nightingale the founder of the modern profession of nursing. There are many more courageous women who stepped out and up pioneering movements that changed a nation. All because they courageously walked the road less traveled to seek a calling on their lives.


When I read the bible I see many courageous women that God created and anoints to use in His plans. We see that God uses a women to bring his son and salvation into the world. God challenged the norms of culture and brakes traditions when he calls women out to be courageous in pioneering his plans.
Sarah, the wife of Abraham, he chooses to be the mother of our faith. Isaiah 51:1-2 tells us, both men and women, to look to Sarah as a role model.

“ listen to me, all you who are serious about right living and committed to seeking God. Ponder the rock from which you were cut, the quarry from which you were dug. Yes ponder Abraham, your father, and Sarah, who bore you. Think of it! One solitary man when I called him, but once I blessed him, he multiplied.” THE MESSAGE


Sarah the wife of Abraham was chosen and called to be the mother of pioneering and be the key role in Gods redemptive plan. Not because of her qualifications, position or background God saw her and used her to “ I will make you a great nation” (Gensis12:2) Her courageous faith was seen in leaving her comfort of her home, leaving her surroundings, leaving the idolatry and pagan culture to go and followed Gods calling in search of the promise land.

With no map, no clear direction or destination, no guarantee of home once they got to Canaan, Sarah followed in willing obedience and courageous faith. Sarah was with him all the way and in the journey of the promise, Sarah came to believe that God could do the impossible. In trust and obedience, Sarah courageous faith grew stronger.

God searches this earth for men and women to work through to accomplish his plans. He dose not look for the qualified, the rich, the popular or the over confident people, He looks for humble hearts that will step out of the way and allow God to work in and through them. He looks for hearts that will courageously step up and out in faith, not seeing the map, destination or the clear direction, but have willing obedience and courageous faith to go and pioneer new visions, new paths and new beginnings.

“God can use you in this way, and when you surrender He will take you on a journey of faith just as he did Sarah. It will have plenty of bumps and jolts; it may be scary at times; it will not come without a cost.” J.Lee Grady

To be a modern day women of courageous faith and a faithful pioneer, we need to understand that when we surrender our will to God, we will never be in a place of comfort. When we walk the road less traveled to step up and out for the mission of God, we will be stretched and challenged to live the obedience of courageous faith.

When we do walk the road, take up the calling, we to can believe in a God who does the impossible for his name sake. The receive the best rewards is to count it all as loss, leaving our comfort of life and luxury, leaving our surroundings, leaving the idolatry and pagan culture to go and followed Gods calling in search of the promise land.

Courageous pioneering starts with the obedience of following our God into the unknown of the calling of the destination he has called us to go. Will you be like Sarah, forsaking all to go on a journey into the calling he has placed on your life? What is God calling you to go and pioneer? What area of this world has he called you to have courageous faith as you share the gospel?
Today, God is searching for men and women who’s hearts are open, soft and ready to receive the calling of courageous pioneering. Will he see your heart and call on you to go and do the impossible?

Application questions to journal with:

What do i make of all of this?
What do i feel God is saying to me?
 What do i need to take from this?
What changes do i need to make?
How can i share this with my leadership team verbally and practically?







Resourced from:

Fearless Daughters of the Bible : J. Lee Grady

Courageous Love



1 John 4:7-12 “Gods Love and our identity”

1 John 4:10 This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.

As humans we seek after love and acceptance within our lives and leadership. We seek to have our love bucket filled to the brim to find security and identity. We all long for unconditional love, acceptance, security and identity and as seen within these rich verses  we can see the key foundation truth that comes from the love of God. When we truly comprehend the love of the father we can courageously know our worth and value is found and formed within the Love of God. In this we can then truly operate in the love of God to courageously lead a generation to the love of the father.


When we feel our love bucket is on empty we feel isolated, vulnerable, broken or alone. So the question that burns in the heart and soul is where do you go seeking Love and acceptance? To be courageous, it all starts with the love of the father within our lives. Knowing and believing that God loved us before we even loved him. Knowing that the love God has for us is not based on us first loving God, but that he LOVED us so much while we were still sinners, the love  that he had for us was in the gift that he gave through His son. Through the death of his Son, Gods love is what bridged the gap. When we truly grasp the love of the father through the Lord Jesus Christ in our lives we can courageous live and lead in total obedience in the plan and purposes he has for us.

There is HOPE.. God always gives us hope… Hope to know that…YOU ARE DEEPLY LOVED!!! loved by the creator of this world who designed your perfectly. When we fill this love in our bucket we are filled to the brim and overflow with security, identity and courage. So lets look at these verses and the impact this has on our life and leadership.

1. Love so AMAZING : vs 9

  •  when the world shows no love // God showed his love among us
  • When the world shows no hope //  God sent his son into the world that we might live (hope) through him
  • the love beyond human comprehension // AMAZING


2. Love in ACTION : vs 10

  •  love is only true when it is put into action, not just on empty words.

This is LOVE:

  • Not that we loved God first
  • But that he Loved us ( in action)
  • sent his son as our atoning sacrifice for our sins
  • He bridged the gap to our brokenness and dysfunctional
  • The love that was the Ultimate ACTION plan and purpose for all time.


  1. Love in ACKNOWLEDGE 
  • Jesus as our Lord and savior ( Gods Love sacrifice)
  • God lives in us ( Holy Spirit seals )
  • We KNOW and RELY  ( on the love God has for us)


Ephesians 3:16-19 16 I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18 may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.

  • strengthened in Gods love
  • Power through his spirit in your inner being
  • Christ dwell in your hearts
  • Rooted and established in love
  • To grasp : how wide, long, deep, wide // the love of Christ
  • This love fills your life and deepens your leadership



  1. God is love ( he loves you first in your broken, dysfunctional state)
  2. God sent the ultimate love gift ( in the person of Jesus Christ)
  3. Love made complete among us ( so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment)
  4. There is no fear in love ( perfect fear casts out fear)
  5. We love because he first loved us
  6. Courageous lives and leadership comes from the love of God.



AMAZING : Gods love is amazing // beyond this worlds comprehension

ACTION : love that was made into action to bridge the gap on our broken dysfunctional sin

ACKNOWLEDGE: we need to relieve the gift of salvation, accept , know and grasp the love



  1. Know that you are loved
  2. Your identity comes from this love
  3. You operate in leadership through the love of God
  4. You belong through the love
  5. Your HOPE is in this love


Application questions to journal with:

What do i make of all of this?
What do i feel God is saying to me?
 What do i need to take from this?
What changes do i need to make?
How can i share this with my leadership team verbally and practically?




Wednesday Worship Playlist 

Your Unfailing Love /// WATCH CLIP HERE

Psalm 13:5-6 But I trust in your unfailing Love:my heart rejoices in your salvation

Today I worship God for his never changing unfailing Love over me. When I sit and stand in Gods love, the joy of my salvation, my life explodes with overwhelming love and sercurity in Him.

When we look to God for our total identity and sercurity we can stand firm in our salvation. There are many times when in our lives we feel the darkness fill our senses and our perspective is not as clear as it should be as children of God. Times when our burdens of life keep us doubting, and the wedge between us and God is the unconfessed sin that keeps us from that close relationship with God. 

Today dose your heart overflow with rejoicing for your salvation? In Gods unfailing love over your life? 
Today worship God in spirit and truth for his unconditional love over us. Confess sin, and choose today to see life through Gods eyes of perspective. His love is unfailing over you!

Your Unfailing Love”
when the darkness fills my senses
when my blindness keeps me from your touch,

Jesus come

When my burden keeps me doubting

when my memories take the place of you

Jesus come

And I’ll follow you there

to the place where we meet

and I’ll lay down my pride

as you search me again

Your unfailing love, your unfailing love,

your unfailing love over me again

Courageous in Discouragement

Joshua ch7 overview…

Ch7 we see a vast contrast to chapter 6. From a complete surrendered faith in ch6 we see in ch 7 the disobedience to faith and the sin that entered in the camp. The promise land was described as “a land of hills and valleys” (deut 11:11). The description was of a vast contrast of the hilly landscape of Canaan and the flat landscape of Egypt. The geography also paints a picture of the life of faith the nation Israel experiences in Canaan. 

This chapter we see the introduction of the changes and challenges that the leader Joshua was about to face, the hills and valleys of leadership in leading a nation. Joshua once on the hilltop of life and leadership in the courageous conquest of Jericho is now descending to the valley of defeat and Discouragement due to the sin that has entered in through disobedience of one man. This sin is seen to effect the whole camp and hence becomes the valley moment Tha Joshua has to face in leadership before God. The valley of defeat at Ali and the sin of man that has consequences on the whole nation of Israel. 

This chapter shows us the experiences that Joshua faced can teach us what causes defeat and how we must handle sin, and Discouragement of life and leadership.

“But the people of Israel broke faith in regard to the devoted things, for Achan the son of Carmi, son of Zabdi, son of Zerah, of the tribe of Judah, took some of the devoted things. And the anger of the LORD burned against the people of Israel.” (Joshua 7:1)

In our own lives we claim our inheritance in Christ, we to experience hilltops and valleys. The hilltop of victorious victories and valleys of discouragement. We as Christians don’t always live on the hilltop moments of life and leadership. We don’t always have the praise moments, we also have the pain moments within the valleys of discouragement. We cannot have hilltops  without valleys. It’s the geographical make up in the landscape that God uses to help develop us, define us and also discipline us to make us refine and complete in Him.

We cannot live on the hilltops, like Moses he encounter God on the mountain, but always came down to the valley to walk to talk that God had with him during the mountain encounter. What God displays on the hilltop, he develops within the valleys. It’s the moments where we have to walk the talk, define the development and deepen our faith. It’s through the valleys that we are being transformed to go and enrich Gods world.

Have you had a hilltop encounter with God, that you now have hit the valley? Is God calling you to develop courageously through the Discouragement of the valley to refine your character, integrity and soul connection with God?

As we look next week into the deeper context of chapter 7, prepare your heart, mind and soul before God, and see what he is working on you during this valley season.

Always know that just as you hit the depth of the valley, comes the uphill climb to the hilltop encounters with God. God never leaves you in the valley, he builds you in the valley to climb the hilltop to encounter his plans, purposes and promises in your life and leadership. Today, seek God out, serve God and surrender yourself in the valley to see God work on the hilltop. 

Application questions to journal with:

What do i make of all of this?
What do i feel God is saying to me?
 What do i need to take from this?
What changes do i need to make?
How can i share this with my leadership team verbally and practically?

Resources from: “Be Strong” Joshua Commantary . Warren W. Wiersbe, 1993