Where is Courage?

“For the believer, fear is always God—fearful. If God is sovereign and His rule is complete, wise, righteous, and good, why would you fear?”

Paul David Tripp*

Hezekiah, king of Judah, knew in moments like these (Judah’s invasion by Assyria) God’s people were often given to fear; he knew where that fear came from.

Often in moments of challenge the people of God panic because they possess what we call “identity amnesias’. Today, really is no different. We too often forget who we are as children of God and we forget who God is in all His almighty power and glory.

We must not forget Hezekiah’s challenge to his people – listen!

Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or dismayed before the king of Assyria and all the horde that is with him…with him is an arm of flesh, but with us is the Lord our God, to help and to fight our battles

(2 Chronicles 32:7—8).

We may not have the army of Assyria knocking on our door, but we all have an “Assyria” in our life…maybe two!

There will be a moment when you will ask, ‘Where is courage to be found to face what I am facing?

Hezekiah gives us the answer – “Look up and remember YOUR God.” As God’s child, you are never left to battle on your own!

12 I, even I, am He that comforteth you: who art thou, that thou shouldest be afraid of a man that shall die, and of the son of man which shall be made as grass; 13 And forgettest the Lord thy maker, that hath stretched forth the heavens, and laid the foundations of the earth; and hast feared continually every day because of the fury of the oppressor, as if he were ready to destroy? and where is the fury of the oppressor? 14 The captive exile hasteneth that he may be loosed, and that he should not die in the pit, nor that his bread should fail. 15  But I am the Lord thy God, that divided the sea, whose waves roared: The Lord of hosts is His name. 16 And I have put my words in thy mouth, and I have covered thee in the shadow of mine hand, that I may plant the heavens, and lay the foundations of the earth, and say unto Zion, Thou art my people. 17 Awake, awake, stand up, O Jerusalem…” (Isaiah 51: 12–16 & 17).

*A special thank you to Paul David Tripp for walking in the spirit of God and sharing that walk with thousands. In this blog post there have been excerpts from his devotional called: New Morning Mercies (January 9). If you do not have this book I highly recommend that you purchase it. It has been an extreme blessing to my soul and you will be glad you did (he didn’t tell me to say that).

In Christ I am SHE {Saved. Hopeful. Empowered.}

Live Courageously, Strong, and Bravely Free

Truly, this alone can One fulfill, that is God. I am bewildered at such great love, such affection for mankind — His children; such care and gentleness our Lord showers deliberately upon us. Purposeful. It leaves me speechless.

What a God of all comforters, giver of strength, hope, courage, leadership, direction and source of all resources…if only we believe, if only we trust. He cannot lie, therefore, we read truth.

To think, God, the encourager of my soul and giver of true life…desires this for us! Read Deuteronomy 31:6 again.

As wonderful and gracious as God is, we have been given the freedom to choose. The freedom to accept His strength, leadership, bravery, courage, We have been given the freedom to choose to trust and rely on Him rather than ourselves or others, therefore, we choose our outcome.

This greatness is within our grasp…the question is will I latch onto it or choose rejection and then continue to live in fear and be afraid?

To realize who we are, what we are, and understand the gravity of who God is…is priceless not demeaning.

This isn’t license to degrade, belittle or bemoan who we are or fester in what we’ve been though, but rather see ourselves with or without God placed in first place; at the helm.

It is true, without God we live defeated, fearfulness grows and takes root. We live alone, afraid, accepting intimation, doubts, and sin as the only way possible.

Today, will you trust in God’s best for you? Will you choose to live bravely, courageously, actively because you have taken the mightiest source available…God’s hand.

Today, will you trust God even against what your flesh commands your mind to think? Will you take the hardest step, the first step, and believe the God of gods, the King of kings, the Lord of lords and give Him your hand, your heart, your mind, your soul, your life?

We choose how we live…it is as simple as that.

Today, I consciously make the decision to trust in the One who gives courage, who gives strength, who gives insight, who gives life, resources and ability. I trust in the One who gives wisdom, bravery even when I don’t feel very brave or courageous. I trust in the One who gives true freedom.

Today, I choose to be courageous, strong and brave because I know He is the only One that can accomplish that in me…that isn’t weakness but strength.

Will you join me brothers and sisters in Christ? I would love to know: follow our WordPress page, like us on FB, write a comments…who is with me? Who is for God?

You are not alone. I am not alone. Let’s stand together in CHRIST!

In Christ I am SHE {Saved. Hopeful. Empowered.}

Stay Faithful!

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Acts 27:25

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What Wonderous Love is This, O my Soul..Oh my Soul!

Thank you, Lord!


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the Warrior: Esther

FOUR WARRIOR CHARACTERISTICS WE LEARN FROM ESTHER

  • Teachability – Our sweet Esther could have taken on the “I’m queen attitude” and do whatever she wanted, but instead she listened to the advice of Mordecai and in returned followed his wise instructions. Esther valued the wisdom of her kinsmen. Wise woman.
  • Patience – Although the book of Esther itself is rather short in our Bibles, it took place over the span of many years. Just the process alone to come before the King in hopes of possibly becoming the next queen, Esther went through a rather rigorous process which took over a year. Just think, a year of pampering and preparing just to be presented to the king. Esther had to remain steadfast, focused, careful and she followed what Mordecai and the Lord asked of her. After Esther is crowned Queen, we read of her patience even in the midst of her own personal turmoil over what was about to happen to her and her people. In the ultimate act of selflessness she prayerfully, patiently, carefully, in God’s time acts accordingly with precision in place and wording to bring to light the truth to help save her people.
  • Selflessness – Esther risked her own safety and security by approaching the king unsummoned. If he did not find favor in her and accept her, she could have been killed immediately yet in God’s strength Esther laid this aside willingly. With her security not resting in her position, beauty, or reputation, she was enabled to freely trust God’s plan for her life by giving her all.
  • Courage – Under Mordecai’s wisdom, Esther risked her life by keeping her nationality a secret; through faith in God she came before the king unsummoned; and preceded to ask all she did of the king with great strength and wisdom. We see immediately at the beginning of the book of Esther that King Xerxes had no problem dismissing Queen Vashti, so he could have easily removed or killed Esther along with her people when he had the chance but in God’s protection, he didn’t. Her courage and faith in God are what made her a true warrior!

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So what?

As a believer, we deceive ourselves to think we live victorious when we do not seek the very author and giver of eternal life – the Savior, cleanser, the One who truly set free a soul, the heart changer, the One who can bless and protector, provider, the One who gives strength when we are weak, the healer (the list can go on – oh what mercy) there is ONLY ONE – God alone!  

God cannot speak to those who are not feasting in His Word daily. God cannot help those who do not take His promises and act upon them in faith and DO them! Esther wasn’t about herself.

Victorious living does not happen in a vacuum but through the wonder-working power of Christ in a soul which makes it gloriously possible.

You, like Esther can be a warrior, it must take a willing inward God-centered Christ-focused change to see any outward result. Esther’s teachable, moldable heart in her faith, trust and courage in God was her crowning jewel. How is your tiara?

 

In Christ I am SHE {Saved. Hopeful. Empowered.}

Reblogging 10.30.18 from the original post dated March 13, 2017; Colleen Woodruff; inchristiamshe.com

Cautious vs Courageous

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Psalm 147:1-6

Thank you Lord for this encouragement, hope, strength, renewal, and empowerment. Thank you for being for us, with us, and indwelling us. Praise ye the LORD! PRAISE THE LORD! Praise, praise ye the LORD! 

In Christ I am SHE {Saved. Hopeful. Empowered.}

Church…we ARE Plan A there is no Plan B

3 Simple Reasons why Church is God’s Plan A.

Here are three simple reasons why “church” is GOD’S plan A and there is no plan B in God’s book. Why we must stop kicking and screaming and questioning God’s plan. It is He that is in change. It is HIS salvation gift to us. It is His death that paid the price…NOT OURS!

1. Church is plan A because God tells us NOT to forsake the gathering of ourselves together as believers. This is one of those hot buttons of the day and yes, I am going to talk about it! First, I’d like to say that I am truly sorry if you have been hurt, offended, or even abused in any form by the church as a whole. This is WRONG!! This is not pleasing, honoring, or glorifying to the Lord nor is it not His plan for His church.

But may I ask you a question? Have you ever bought something from a store, like meat, and got home to find out that it was bad? Did it stop you from buying meat for the rest of your life? 

Have you ever had food poisoning from a restaurant? Did that stop you from ever eating out again? Most likely NOT! 

SO…why is it when something “bad” at church happens we lump them all together and vow the mother of all vows that ALL Christians are hypocrites, ALL churches are filled with liars, cheaters, hypocrites, and rotten filthy sinners and we are never going back. 

I want to stop right here. I understand, I know I talk with ladies who have physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually been abused by family members, unbelievers as well as believers. None are right. None should have happened (mine included), but we live in a sin-filled world and we have a choice. Yes, we have a choice even in the midst of our greatest pain, sorrow and trial. Will I use this situation to grow closer to my Heavenly Father or will I take it and grow bitter by the the day.

So often, I see “church” used as an excuse and see bitterness grow by the day and the choice to live in disobedience to God spiral from that one choice! 

The bitterness will take you farther than you ever excepted to go. 

Regardless of what enters of life, we are accountable before Christ. When we use people as an excuses to not obey Christ, we justify our own actions and guilt to make ourselves feel better. 

I have another question to ask you. I am assuming you got over your food poisoning or got over that purchase of “bad meat.” If I opened your refrigerator door, I would find it full or at least part-way full and would come to find out that you have feasted on many meals “outside” of your home. You didn’t grow bitter at the “bad” meat. You didn’t call the store a hypocrite. You didn’t hold a grudge. You didn’t allow bitterness, people, or excuses from stopping you from shopping or eating, did you??!!

So why the double standard? Using people, excuses, our own bitterness and unforgiveness to NOT obey God is sin. If you are a child of God, you are part of plan A…you are not doing your part. You are needed, but you are choicing to missing out on God’s plan A. 

Because Matthew 18 wasn’t practiced like it should have been when the offense happened, sadly, you are hurting yourself, the church, fellow believers, unbelievers, and you are hurting the cause of Christ…for what “bad meat?” That didn’t stop you before!

Reconcile that “bad meat” even if the other party doesn’t want too! Make it right before God on YOUR end!! Go and confront that offense! Seek and be ye reconciled. Forgive.

I speak from experience! I have “abuse” in my background. What kind I will not speak of at this time, but believe me when I tell you, I know! I know what I feels like, how it hurts, the anger, bitterness, the confusion, the spiral effects. But I also know the healing power of God in ones heart and life. I know the comfort and release of walking in obedience to the Father and it is worth it all! I would do it a thousand times over!

It is one of the hardest things you will ever do, but it is one of the most spirit-freeing (bondage releasing) God+you experience you will ever do, because when you walk in trust and obedience, God blesses! You NEVER go wrong walking in obedience to Christ….NEVER!

Hebrews 10:25

2. The very second you accepted Christ as your personal Savior, He gave you at least one spiritual gift, at least one. You may have more! Do you know your spiritual gift or gifts? Do you know God wants that gift or gifts to be used? Yeppers, you guessed it! For Him, for His Glory in His Church! 

I hear the question already, can you use your God-given gift in other places? Sure! But the primary place is where He wants, within His Church. Again, this is not our plan or trying to make our plan work…this is God’s plan. We either obey and do or not!

I Peter 4:10-11

3. Church is Plan A because it is the only plan! We are to be proclaiming, mouthpieces, ambassadors, of what and who God is and what He has done for us to everyone soul we come in contact with. To fail to accomplish the great commission is to live in disobedience to Christ. 

Matthew 28:18-20

  • The bottom line is this: God’s Word is clear. The choice is in your hands…your heart.
  • How will you choose to walk before the very God who gave you your eternal life? 

In Christ I am SHE {Saved. Hopeful. Empowered.}

the Warrior: Esther

FOUR WARRIOR CHARACTERISTICS WE LEARN FROM ESTHER

  • Teachability – Our sweet Esther could have taken on the “I’m queen attitude” and done whatever she wanted, but instead she listened to the advice of Mordecai and in returned followed his wise instructions. Esther valued the wisdom of her kinsmen. Wise woman.
  • Patience – Although the book of Esther itself is rather short in our Bibles, it took place over the span of many years. Just the process alone to come before the King in hopes of possibly becoming the next queen, Esther went through a rather rigorous process which took over a year. Just think, a year of pampering and preparing just to be presented to the king. Esther had to remain steadfast, focused, careful and she followed what Mordecai and the Lord asked of her. After Esther is crowned Queen, we read of her patience even in the midst of her own personal turmoil over what was about to happen to her and her people. In the ultimate act of selflessness she prayerfully, patiently, carefully, in God’s time acts accordingly with precision in place and wording to bring to light the truth to help save her people.
  • Selflessness – Esther risked her own safety and security by approaching the king unsummoned. If he did not find favor in her and accept her, she could have been killed immediately yet in God’s strength Esther laid this aside willingly. With her security not resting in her position, beauty, or reputation, she was enabled to freely trust God’s plan for her life by giving her all.
  • Courage – Under Mordecai’s wisdom, Esther risked her life by keeping her nationality a secret; through faith in God she came before the king unsummoned; and preceded to ask all she did of the king with great strength and wisdom. We see immediately in the beginning of the book of Esther that King Xerxes had no problem dismissing Queen Vashti, so he could have easily removed or killed Esther along with her people when he had the chance but in God’s protection, he didn’t. Her courage and faith in God are what made her a true warrior!

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So what?

As a believer, we deceive ourselves to think we live victorious when we do not seek the very author and giver of eternal life – the Savior, cleanser, the One who truly set free a soul, the heart changer, the One who can bless and protector, provider, the One who gives strength when we are weak, the healer (the list can go on – oh what mercy) there is ONLY ONE – God alone!  

God cannot speak to those who are not feasting in His Word daily. God cannot help those who do not take His promises and act upon them in faith and DO them! Esther wasn’t about herself.

Victorious living does not happen in a vacuum but through the wonder working power of Christ in a soul which makes it gloriously possible.

You, like Esther can be a warrior, it must take a willing inward God-centered Christ-focused change to see any outward result. Esther’s teachable, moldable heart in her faith, trust and courage in God was her crowning jewel. How is your tiara?

 

In Christ I am SHE {Saved. Hopeful. Empowered.}