by Dan Lentz
1. An old saying suggests, “You can’t win them all. You have to choose your battles.” What battles have you chosen to fight in the past in your:
• workplace or school?
• church or small group?
Read Joshua 1:1-6; 11:16-23.
2. Put yourself in Joshua’s position. If the Lord told you, “I will give you every place where you set your foot, as I promised Moses,” how would that make you feel: skeptical, anxious, weary, or confident? Why?
3. As you are facing battles in your life right now, how are you feeling? Why?
4. What helped Joshua to “be strong and courageous” as he faced the battles ahead of him? What helps you to be strong and courageous as you face the battles of life?
5. Have each group member use a note card or large sticky note and write at the top the words from Joshua 1:5, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” Below those words, make a list of the battles you are currently facing. When you finish the list, pair up with one other person in the group (or form a group of three people if necessary). Share specifics of the battles you noted with your partner and pray for each other as you close your group time. Post your note somewhere prominent like your car dashboard or your bathroom mirror so you will be reminded often that the Lord is always with you in your battles.
T. Daniel Lentz works for the Small Group Network in Whitestown, Indiana.