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Be Strong and Courageous

Courageous Living

BE STRONG AND COURAGEOUS

 

What do we fear?

  • How would our lives look different if we lived lives that were fueled by faith instead of strapped by fear?
  • What would we attempt for God if we thought that we could not fail?
  • What if we stepped out in faith instead of stepping back in fear?

So be strong and courageous, all you who put your hope in the LORD!  Psalm 31:24

Our view of God has everything to do with our view of life.  The command to be strong and courageous is a woven throughout the lives of God’s people.  God has called us to a life of faith that overcomes the fears that often invade our lives.

Fear is really the absence of faith.  It is a what- if mindset in the negative – it imagines the worse.

Faith is a what-if mindset in the positive – envisioning the probability of the impossible.

Fear empties us of hope and leaves us dis _______________ (distracted, disconnected, despaired, discouraged, disengaged, dismayed)

So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.  Isaiah 41:10

3 Realities that build our Faith and crush our fears

1.       God’s Presence – I AM here (Matthew 28:20, Hebrews 13:5,6) 

2.       God’s Promise – I WILL answer (Jeremiah 33:3, Psalms 34)

3.       God’s Power – I AM able (Jeremiah 32:17

Ah, Sovereign LORD, you have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and outstretched arm. Nothing is too hard for you.)

Fear causes us to lose heart and give up…faith fills us with courage and hope to press on

Press on in the face of adversity 2Chronicles 32:7,8

  • Remember God is on our side
  • God is greater than the enemy
  • God fights and wins the battle for us

Faith is believing God no matter how I feel or no matter how bleak things look because God said I can count on Him.   Hebrews 13:5,6

When the adversary is against you and your faith is challenged…cry out to God in prayer vs 20

Faith fills us with energy, excitement, and enthusiasm in anticipation of God’s intervention and interaction with our lives.

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June 5, 2012 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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