Joshua 1:9 (NKJV) “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.”
Notice the phrase “Have I not commanded you?” God tells Joshua that we have had this lesson over and over…why don’t you learn this? You don’t have to fear…I am with you!
By chapter 10 a marvelous transformation has taken place.
Joshua 10:25 (NKJV)
25 Then Joshua said to them, “Do not be afraid, nor be dismayed; be strong and of good courage, for thus the LORD will do to all your enemies against whom you fight.”
The fearful warrior of chapter 1 has become the mighty warrior of chapter 10! How? The words of chapter 1 were in his head. In chapter 10, those words are in his heart! He has received the Word into the very fiber of his being! Receive the Word by an act of your will!