“Glory Days: Living Your Promised Land Life Now” by Max Lucado is a remarkable book that focuses on the book of Joshua from the Holy Bible. This book remind us of one thing: “God Fights For Us! We can overcome, because He has already overcome. God has a promised land for you to claim.”
Maybe you are feeling a little stuck. Caught in a rut. You’re fighting the same battles and facing the same temptations. You’re wondering, is this as good as the Christian life gets? Max Lucado writes that there is good news. He reminds that you were made for more. You were made for Glory Days. He writes that in God’s plan, in God’s land, you win more often than you lose. You may stumble, but you will not collapse. You may struggle, but you will defy despair. You will enjoy abundant fruit and increasing faith. Max Lucado writes that “With God’s help you can close the gap between the person you are and the person you want to be.”
I recently read this book and highly recommend it as it will help your spiritual growth. Max Lucado leads the reader through the book of Joshua and teaches various lessons to encourage the readers in their Christian walk.
Here are some powerful quotes and thoughts from this book. I hope that they will encourage you.
- Create a trophy room in your heart. Each time you experience a victory, place a memory on the shelf. Before you face a challenge, take a quick tour of God’s accomplishments. Look at all the paychecks he has provided, all the blessings he has given, all the prayers he had answered. Imitate the shepherd boy David. Before he fought Goliath, the giant, he remembered how God had helped him kill a lion and a bear (1 Samuel 17:34-36). He faced his future by revisiting the past.
- Choose obedience. And, as you do, you can expect blessings; the blessings of a clear conscience, the blessing of a good night’s sleep, the blessing of God fellowship, the blessing of God’s favor. This is no guarantee of an easy life. It is the assurance of God’s help. “The good man does not escape all troubles – he has them too. But the Lord helps him in each and every one.” (Psalm 34:19 TLB)
- You are a member of God’s family. You come to God not as a stranger but as a heir. Confidently approach his throne. Earnestly make your requests known to him not because of what you have achieved but because of what Christ has done. Jesus spilled his blood for you. You can spill your heart before God.
- David was a moral failure, yet God used him. Elijah was an emotional train wreck after Mount Carmel, but God blessed him. Jonah was in the belly of a fish when he prayed his most honest prayer, and God heard it. Perfect people? No. Perfect messes? You bet. Yet God used them. A surprising and welcome discovery of the Bible is this: God uses failures.
- God prospers the leader with new skills, the worker with good sleep, the teacher with added patience, the mother with deeper affection, the elderly with greater hope. Scriptural fluency leads to spiritual affluence.
- The job market is flat? True. But God is your helper. Your blood cell count is down? Difficult for sure, but the one who made you is with you. The world is rife with conflict. Indeed it is. Still, the Almighty will never leave you nor forsake you.
- Stare at the mountain less and at the Mountain Mover more. Ponder the holiness of God. Let his splendor stun you and inspire you. And…Turn a deaf ear to doubters. Ignore the naysayers. Cover your ears when the pessimists crow. People have a right to say what they want. And you have the right to ignore them. Just because someone sings the blues, you don’t have to join tell chorus.
- The key to spiritual growth is not increased church attendance or involvement in spiritual activities. People don’t grow in Christ because the are busy at church. They grow in Christ when they read and trust their Bibles.
- Set your sights on the unchanging principles of God. Let God’s Word be the authoritative word in your world.
- Everyone stumbles. The difference is in the response. Some stumble into the pit of guilt. Others tumble into the arms of God.
- When God made you, the angels stood in awe and declared, “We’ve never seen one like that before.” And they never will again.
- I have come to see God’s definition of promotion: a promotion is not a move up the ladder; it is a move toward your call. Don’t let someone “promote” you out of your call.
- God loves you too much to give you a job and not the skills. Identify yours.
- If your problems are great, then your cause is too small. When your cause is great, the problems begin to shrink.
- Since God is strong, you will be strong. Since he is able, you will be able. Since he has no limits, you have no limits. With the apostle you can boldly say, “The Lord is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me?”