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Thursday - Valor

Over and over in the book of Joshua, the Lord tells Joshua to take “courage” and to not be “discouraged.” Joshua consistently listens to the Lord, takes heart, and leads his people with valor. They consistently confront their enemies with full reliance on God. However, by Joshua 9, they forget they are to be reliant on God’s strategy. They encounter what seems to be a simple problem. They let their guard down. They don’t need courage for this! This is easy! The result of the Gibeonite deception is that God’s plans for them are thwarted, and it leads to more trouble, yet God gives them grace. 

                The evil in the world is rampant, deceptive, and fierce. The man and woman of valor will act in courageous surrender to the Lord.

- Christy Lipscomb

You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised.
— Hebrews 10:36

First Thoughts

Each morning, take a moment in the quiet to meet with Jesus and consider today’s banner: Valor.

Read Isaiah 41:10. The New Living Translation can be found here.

Read it again.

And again - one more time.

In this passage, what are the commands for you?

What does God say He will do?

Meditate on this. How does this meet a need in your life? What do you need to allow Him to control?


Table Talk

Meeting in community is one of the most valuable times at Family Camp. No matter what venue the members of your table attended, they studied the same things you did! Consider discussing these questions with the people around your lunch table!

Valor, or honorable bravery, is often portrayed through heroes - in movies, in history, or in legends of old. Who are some of your favorite heroes of valor? What makes them so notable?


Activities

Each day, activities are schedules for a variety of age groups. Click the Schedule link below for today’s activities.


Evening

Christy Lipscomb

Valor

Joshua 9:1-10:15 and Hebrews 10:36


There are some great conversations that happen around our evening camp fires!As you close out your day, consider bringing one or two of these questions to the group. If you have children to put to bed, consider asking them these questions to help them process things throughout the week.

How has God been speaking with you today?

Would you rather be a person of valor or a person of renown (being famous)?

In what areas of your life are an obsession with control and security present, instead of valor? What would it take to loosen the grip of control and security?

Trust and valor work together in the life of a person of faith. How do you want God to continue to grow you in trust and valor?