BE BRAVE!

I woke up this morning with a ton of thoughts running through my mind. The anxiety about pursuing the day was overwhelming. I was also tempted to stay in the bed with  covers over my face, hoping that I wouldn’t be found. I guess I almost became a Jonah for a second. “I’m going to run away so that God can’t find me”. Crazy Right!?  I could have sworn the man up stairs was omnipresent! Well here it is morning, and I have some challenges before me. How do I pursue the day with how I think and feel?  Obscurity and uncertainty seem to be beating me up along my bedside. My religious self could gather the right words to say in this particular moment, but what if I don’t feel like what I say? I’m sure that many of you have been here before.

Well anyway, I pick up my tablet and begin to write. The words that come to my spirit are, “BE BRAVE”.  Okay, be brave. Now what??? …….(silence)………and the words of Joshua 1:9 come to me. “Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.” My spirit man was revived as I realized that I did not have to seize this day on my own. I could not believe my confidence in God had become so non-existent. The voices of rejection, inferiority, fear, apprehension, and past disappointments to failures shaped my beliefs about who and whose I was. All of a sudden I began to say, ” WAIT A MINUTE! I’m not in this by myself”. “I’m not alone and certainly not an orphan.” “The truth is, I have a Father in Heaven that is with me wherever I go and guides my every step, that is if I receive His commandment to walk in courage. He will only lead me to good things”.

But how do I walk into something with courage when fear is still breathing  down my back? After all, I’m walking in the unknown. I could die, fail, – OR – I could live and actually come out of this thing more than a conqueror.

“Courage is not the absence of fear but the judgement that something else is more important than fear. The brave may not live forever but the cautious do not live at all.  For now you are traveling the road between who you think you are and who you can be.”  –Meg Cabot

WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
“When I am afraid, I will put my trust and faith in You.”  -Psalms 56:3 (AMP)

I believe the key to success and not becoming stuck is to push beyond the thing that causes us to stumble, such as insecurity, inferiority, low self-esteem, fear, anxiety, or anything else that inserts its “no” where our “yes” should be. It is important to identify our weaknesses and offenses so that we can judge its relevance to our desired outcome. If we are normal then we would only want the best outcome for ourselves and others. So why not lay aside every weight and opposition that so easily besets us for the joy or greater glory that is set before us? I remember spending seasons of my life in prayer, doing spiritual warfare obssessively against the spirit of fear. Yes, God does call us to pray without ceasing, but He also requires a turning away from the thing that so easily besets us. Better yet, He requires a change in mindset. YOUR MIND MUST CHANGE! Insanity will never allow us to move forward! We must change!

Fear will always tempt us whenever we make conscious decisions to walk in the unknown. The path of the unknown is designed to show us our weaknesses and insecurities so that through each journey, our love is perfected more and more in Christ Jesus –  “…..the one who is able to keep us from stumbling”.  HALLELUJAH!!!  As we continue to move forward in our earthly assignments, all obstacles will be removed because now our faith is in God’s supernatural ability to carry us along the way. When we lay down our pride and say, “God, I have no way of accomplishing this on my own. My life has made me a controlling person that is full of fear and distrust, but I know Lord that you are the God that makes all things  beautiful in its timing”,  we will then experience God’s supernatural ability (grace) to carry us along the way.

Love God more than the threat in front of you, this includes: people, places, things, ideas and all things Satan!!! This does not mean that fear will not rear its ugly head, trying to tempt you into a stagnate or regressive place. It just means that you have to acknowledge and trust in the one that is greater than the terror before you.

All you have to do is BE BRAVE!

HEU: “Dare to believe”

 

Supporting Scripture

Romans 15:13 – New the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.

Psalm 9:10 – And they that know thy name will put their trust in thee: for thou, LORD, hast not forsaken them that seek thee.
Proverbs 3:5Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. 6In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

2 Peter 1:3-4 According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue: Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.    

Mark 12:30 – And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.

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You Can’t Beat God!

The grim and fiery trials we encounter serve as humbling moments for us to acknowledge the supremacy of our God! When we are abandoned, neglected, offended, or misused we tend to key in on the failures of our fellow neighbor rather than posturing our hearts in a position of unconditional love and compassion for the common frailties we all posses. For many who carousel through life, we sometimes tend to forget where our help truly comes from. As our lack of security and trust in the Lord builds in our person, we fall prey to the spirit of control that says, “My way is better than Gods way”. “I am my own God, and my ambition will drive my destiny!” If you’ve ever been here before, then you know this type of narcissistic thinking yields grevious results. Like some of the great kings in the Earth: Nebuchadnezzar’s and his statue, David’s audultrous encounter with Bathsheeba, and Solomon’s lust for women in all of his glory, all three found themselves fallen and reminded of their human limitations. “Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall” (Proverbs 16:18).

I believe God’s plans are profoundly creative when we choose to exalt this earthly realm above His Kingdom. As a matter of fact, I believe God gets a crack out of displaying His power when man attempts to conspire around His purposes.  “He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision” (Psalm 2:4). Candidly speaking, if God can shut down an entire nation just to apprehend Israel, what makes us think that He can’t do the same for us? After all, He is God! He can do whatever He desires to accomplish His purposes in the Earth. Sometimes we should just sit back and laugh at ourselves for being shocked when we already know that God is never shocked!  It’s not always Satan who should get the blame for our human failures. Instead we should look in the mirror and ask ourselves when, where, and how did we give Satan PERMISSION or access into our lives.

Why is everything around me falling apart?

Colossians 2:9-10 says “For in Him dwelleth the fullness of the Godhead bodily. And ye are complete in Him, which is the head of all principality and power:” This scripture identifies Jesus as having the infinite nature and limitless power of God. This also signifies that Christ (the Word) is the head and origin of all things. “In the beginning was the Word……..(John 1:1)”,  “The earth is the LORD’S, and the fullness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein” (psalm 24:1). The Earth and everything in it must respond to the Word of God because it was the Word that formed it. He works all things after the counsel of His own will! So the question for today is: Are you in alignment with Christ or are you just flying by the seat of your pants? Have you made Christ your foundation or has presumption been your slave master? If it has, I guarantee you are working beyond your own human limitations and without any real grace for what you have set out to accomplish here on Earth. An apple tree that is graced to produce apples cannot yield oranges! Selah!

We must depend on God for everything. He is our comforter and the source of our strength. He is the one who gives us the power to accomplish all things. Without Him we could do nothing. The bible defines God as love, and if we are secure in His ability to lead and perfect us then we have been made perfect in His love.  “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love” (1 John 4:18).  I wrote a blog on HEU some time ago entitled, “Love: The Missing Link!” It described love as the supernatural adhesive that bonds us together, and because the God we serve is love (1 John 4:8),  He empowers our faith for creative miracles, such as healing the sick or raising the dead. As predestined sons and daughters, we were given God’s love to do extraordinary things through the transference of His Spirit after we accepted His Son as our Lord and savior. Agape love, which is of God, is the love that carried Christ in His earthly assignment and is the same love we posses when we give God complete control over our lives.

“Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you” (1 Peter 5:7). We must intentionally leave our burdens with the Lord without having a thought of taking them back up. During our personal prayer times, we must never forget to yield for His instruction. Without God’s instruction, the spirits of fear and anxiety drive us into presumptuous behavior that demonically impacts our earthly assignments. Have faith and security in His Word that when we pray, THINGS CHANGE! For the school teacher who lost her job, for the man who lost his wife, for the Hollywood celebrity who lost their fame, and for the Pastor who suffered betrayal and a church split, be reminded that your security does not stand in the approval of man. After Christ did the work, he moved out of the way of man to find security and solace in the Father. The bible says it was because He knew what was in man (John 2:24). Now don’t get me wrong,  Jesus loved man; but He also understood the human frailties that we all possess, which was why He decided to show His agape love by becoming a savior for us.

The danger for humanity lies in not knowing the way to security. Jesus said, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture” (John 10:9). The danger in building a life without Christ is that we bear the fruit of confusion, and our tower made with brick and weak mortar abruptly comes to an end. Trust that God will give you the proper tools and strategies to build.

Let’s allow Jesus Christ (the Word) to be our point of origination and access. If you do not know Jesus Christ and would like to accept Him as your Lord and Savior, today is your day to walk in freedom! No more depression and trying to invent ways to measure up! Your way has made you suicidal because you were never meant to carry your burdens. Jesus already carried your burdens on the cross. All you have to do is give Him your life! “With long life will I satisfy him, and shew him my salvation” (Psalm 9:16). Maybe you have already accepted Christ as your Lord and Savior, but the trials of life have diminished your fire. Let today be the day you recommit your trust in Him.  “….For I will hasten my word to perform it” (Jeremiah 1:12). God’s Word is still with you! Trust Him, and walk securely in the promise!

HEU: “Your peace is in the Son.”

Supporting Scriptures (KJV)

Romans 10:9 -That if you shall confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus, and shall believe in your heart that God has raised him from the dead, you shall be saved.

Acts 4:12- Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.

Exodus 20:3- You shall have no other gods before me.

Philippians 4:6- Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.

Psalm 46:1 -To the chief Musician for the sons of Korah, A Song upon Alamoth. God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.

Galatians 5:6- For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision; but faith which worketh by love.

Luke 21:33- Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away.