1/15/2017 ~ Courage of Faith
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Darkness has no spark.
Courage is filled with the exuberance of fear
in the midst of applying confidence.
"Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the
LORD your God, He is the One who goes with you. ..." ~ Deuteronomy 31:6
Is God with you or is He someone you call for? Many times we search for
something already here. To know Him is to know He waits closer than we
can know; from the core of each of our cells. In His image God gave us
the power of autonomy. In life we all must face the dichotomy of being
lonely verses being alone. To be lonely is to deny others are present in
an isolated chasm of self inflicted torture. We are all alone among one
another; it is a blessing, not a curse, and we need to come to know He
is here with us embracing our freedom. Time is a temporary condition
and is the incubator of us all. The permanence of our destination
with Him depends on our choices, while alone in isolation,
to remain steadfast in His distant most closest call.
"... Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed,
for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go." ~ Joshua 1:9
All of our paths involve ever-ending change.
He tells us to rely on His strength and walk with courage in Him.
... "Do not fear, for those who are with us are more than
those who are with them." ~ 2nd Kings 6:16
Men that arrogantly believe they are great over others are no better
than ants baking under the sun. His powers are multi-dimensional
and He cares for each of us more than the flesh we cherish. Fear
confronts us with issues of belief in so much more ways than
words can express. From high to low and all in-between,
questions of life in death are at the forefront of all.
'Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will
strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you ...' ~ Isaiah 41:10
External fear is a lack of faith in His presence. If we fear we doubt His
promise. His promise stands where mankind fails. For a sad statement
on humanity, in a thousand promises of man, rarely is one found true.
God is with us
... You have prepared for those who trust in You
In the presence of the sons of men! ~ Psalms 31:19
Be of good courage, And He shall strengthen your heart,
All you who hope in the Lord. ~ Psalms 31:24
Wait on the Lord; Be of good courage, And He shall strengthen your heart;
Wait, I say, on the Lord! ~ Psalms 27:14
Trust in His presence is acceptance of His presence. The Great You is
upon us. If a nation wishes to have His blessing upon them, He can not be
a closet God. Our faith must be an outward proclamation. Courage in Him
strengthens the heart while our hope deepens to that which is higher.
"And shall God not avenge His own elect who cry out day and night to Him,
though He bears long with them? I tell you that He will ..." ~ Luke 18:7-8
Since time is temporary, it is inevitable upon itsí end
that His judgment will be. As a day is as a thousand years
so too shall the vapor of our lives quickly meet with Him.
... as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God. Moreover it
is required in stewards that one be found faithful. ~ 1st Corinthians 4:1-2
While here alive in the flesh, each of us needs to consider our
responsibilities to the good call of God. Essential is the study of His word.
Without mustering the strength to hear, the weak choose to ignore it,
in the lazy oceans of their minds. Truly, only the strong survive.
Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering,
for He who promised is faithful. ~ Hebrews 10:23
As He is faithful, so should we be. Union has no separation.
... "The Lord is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me?"
~ Hebrews 13:5-6
Desire has defeated many from the freedom of being.
Conduct is a practice of mastering ones own thoughts. Without self
control in Him, no man has the power to break the seal of sinful barrages.
Only by self direction can one be set to leave (depart) or stay in belief.
Choices define our destiny in Him over darkness's oblivion.
Only let your conduct be worthy of the gospel of Christ, ... ~ Philippians 1:27
Judgment is serious and it will be based upon our reaction to His call
to be unified in Him. Without His knowledge a blind stupor fills the land
with the chaos of wickedness. Truly, my people are destroyed
for lack of knowledge.
... you received and in which you stand, by which also you are saved, if
you hold fast that word which I preached to you ... ~ 1st Corinthians 15:1-2
It is His word that inspires us closer to the truth
where love stands unimpeded.
... peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we
have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, ... ~ Romans 5:1-2
Faith has the strength of confidence.
... Because of unbelief they were broken off, and you stand by faith.
Do not be haughty, but fear. ~ Romans 11:20
A spiritual divide lays across the land.
Division only comes by the bickering of man in his arrogance.
Fear of God rises past man to the blessings He holds for each of
us who humbly love Him. We stand on heavenís endless rock.
Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong.
Let all that you do be done with love. ~ 1st Corinthians 16:13-14
Love if not simple is of the greatest of losses. Who can say they are
not short on love in a world such as ours? With so many dysfunctional
families, all could admit we should have loved more and bickered less.
With so much disharmony, what becomes of our closest loves if we turn
from God, and make something less greater, or never come to know Him?
These lost spawn the theater killers, explosive truck drivers,
and airport ravagers of our times.
"And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold.
But he who endures to the end shall be saved. ..." ~ Matthew 24:12-14
And while love is lacking, angers are multiplied as blame ravages
the hearts of all. Love can be elusive to those of faithless rage. Pure
love descends from heaven and is offered to all, no matter where we
come to be. Man or God? The choice should be clear without dispute.
Give me God over man!
... brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the
whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand ... ~ Ephesians 6:10-11
It is a test for all and any to remain spiritually strong in the face of
so many assaulting conflicts. The Lordís very word is challenged to the
core of truth or not. Pray His light reveals the liberty of His love.
... with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod
your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; ~ Ephesians 6:14-15
Knowing and practicing the word not only increases excellence
of character, but oneís abilities to defend the faith and help lift others
lost in the despair of flesh, especially to prevail over miseries.
You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because
He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. ~ 1st John 4:4
It is a light from within given from above that saves us.
For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is
the victory that has overcome the world - our faith. ~ 1st John 5:4
We see because He has shown us how.
Christ is the victory that sets us free.
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. ~ Philippians 4:13
For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love
and of a sound mind. ~ 2nd Timothy 1:7
Faith is stronger than the stars rising to heaven itself.
Odds may seem overwhelming but we must remember that
our courage is greater than our fears, if we are in truth, in God.
Courage in God lifts us past fears of man
His peace yields unending courage.
Darkness has noiseless silence.
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