Monday, October 5, 2015

My 31days are behind

This should be day 5, however, I was at the Castle with Robin Hood, Friar Tuck, Little John, Little Em, and Maid Marion and let's not forget Forsaken the Dragon.  Little John was knighted by the Queen for the second time (the first one must not have taken) 
So today is day 3 for me.
This Sunday we were privileged to hear from the Setzers from Creation Family Ministries. And one of the most encouraging things in this entire universe is : God is the Creator.  We didn't come from slime, we don't have to act like slime, we didn't come from apes, so we don't have to act like apes,. God created is in His Own Image! So we can be like Him. It's also encouraging because if this world came from slime, a big bang, whatever, that would mean no one is in control of it... That's scary, we've all seen those disaster movies where the world is going to explode,  be eaten or taken over. Anytime I watch something like that I think, "why didn't they ask for help from the One in control?"  It is so restful to realize  *God made the earth
*He has promised to protect and provide
*He's still in control
*He knows exactly what is happening.
That sure takes a load of worry off my shoulders. 
Yes this world is a mess. Sin destroys everything it touches. And we are sinners.  Man without God is in trouble and should worry.  But God knew that.  He also made a way out of that trouble.  The Creator knew we could do nothing about our sin, and sent His own Son to take care of that debt for us.
Having God in control, knowing my life is in the hands of the One who created it.  That gives me Courage, Confidence and Hope!

Friday, October 2, 2015

Day 2 of 31 Days of courage confidence and hope

One of the definitions of encouragement is to give courage.  What is courage? 
Webster (1828) said
"COURAGE, noun [Latin , the heart.] Bravery; intrepidity; that quality of mind which enables men to encounter danger and difficulties with firmness, or without fear or depression of spirits; valor; boldness; resolution. Mental or moral strength to venture, persevere, and withstand danger, fear, or difficulty
Be strong and of good courage Deuteronomy 31:6."

The Bible has many verses about courage :
Joshua 1:9 - 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.

Deuteronomy 31:6 - Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the LORD thy God, he [it is] that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.

1 Corinthians 16:13 - Watch ye, stand fast in the faith, quit you like men, be strong.

Proverbs 28:1 - The wicked flee when no man pursueth: but the righteous are bold as a lion.

Psalms 27:14 - Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD.

Proverbs 3:5-6 - Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.  

1 Chronicles 28:20 - And David said to Solomon his son, Be strong and of good courage, and do [it]: fear not, nor be dismayed: for the LORD God, [even] my God, [will be] with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee, until thou hast finished all the work for the service of the house of the LORD.

Psalms 31:24 - Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope in the LORD.

Philippians 4:13 - I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.

Ephesians 6:10-18 - Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.  

Psalms 112:7 - He shall not be afraid of evil tidings: his heart is fixed, trusting in the LORD.

The best part  is I don't have to find the courage inside me, I don't have to do it on my own. it's not my strength it's all God.   "Courage is fear that has said its prayers"  
Most of the time it's not the big things I need courage to do - it's the little things :speaking to a visitor at church, asking for help, trying something different, creativity, handing out a gospel tract... Sometimes we do face bigger things -moving to a new state, a new job, illness, teaching a class, following your husband, going to the mission field...
But no matter what -  I can do All things,  whithersoever thou goest, He will not fail!  He will not forsake,  He will give the needed strength!