I Need Courage

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Some people struggle with fear, worry, and anxiety. Some people REALLY struggle with it all. I have REALLY, REALLY, REALLY struggled with it all – for decades. So how in the world is it that I have been on the road for Jesus and what is now an ever-growing international ministry full-time with my handicapped ministry dogs for some years now with no traditional salary, no ministry staff, a car with about 250,000 miles on it, sometimes as much as 15 or so hours away from family, often knowing nobody or very few people where God sends me, usually staying in places with pretty scary issues, on my own with Jesus and my beloved dogs?

How can this be possible? How could I possibly muster up the courage and strength in my own human flesh to do this? Truth is I can’t! There is no possibly way I could do this even for a single day – without the Lord Jesus Christ! Where do I find the courage and strength every single day and all else that I need to go forth? IN JESUS! IN CHRIST! IN HIM!

See, God promises to give us all we need to live the way He calls us to live. Including love, mercy, hope, joy, grace, strength, power, wisdom, and COURAGE!

Please consider this verse:

“as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue,” 2 Peter 1:3

Please note in the following verse how the psalmist makes clear we should WAIT on God, be COURAGEOUS, and be strengthened by Him. The word “wait” comes from a Hebrew word per Strong’s concordance also translated as “bind together.” We should bind ourselves to God. Attach ourselves to Him. Hold onto Him and His Word for dear life and receive the COURAGE and strength FROM HIM we need to love and obey Him!

“Wait on the LORD; Be of good courage, And He shall strengthen your heart; Wait, I say, on the LORD!” Psalm 27:14

I am a weak, scared, negative, hopeless woman in my natural fleshly state without God. My life history before being fully devoted to the Lord Jesus Christ is proof enough. But the Holy Spirit who lives inside His followers gives me the strength, power, courage, love, grace, mercy, kindness, joy, goodness, faithfulness, patience, wisdom, instructions, comfort, counsel, etc. that I need to live a life pleasing and honoring to God. The Lord has the very same for all who commit their lives to the Lord Jesus Christ and live for Him.

I am incapable of mustering up the degree of courage and strength and everything else I need to fulfill the Lord’s calling for my life. But God in His love and mercy gives it to me day by day as I follow Him. I need to simply humble myself and LOOK TO THE LORD to provide for me each and every day – COURAGE included!

Please do the same! Believe in Jesus Christ as Lord! Live for Jesus Christ as Lord! Look to Jesus Christ as Lord! Find courage, strength, power, hope, mercy, grace, love, wisdom, comfort, etc. IN THE LORD! For the glory of – THE LORD! Amen!

Be encouraged! And please note in the word ENCOURAGED is the word COURAGE! Oh, friend, put your faith and trust and confidence and expectation and hope IN THE LORD! Find COURAGE – IN THE LORD! And go out day by day and live the life to which the Lord has called you. FOR THE LORD, oh yes, hallelujah, FOR THE GLORY OF THE LORD JESUS CHRIST, hallelujah, glory be to God, AMEN!

“Be of good courage, And He shall strengthen your heart, All you who hope in the LORD.” Psalm 31:24

 

 

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