Be Of Good Courage

5 07 2010

“Be strong and of good courage, and do it; do not fear nor be dismayed, for the Lord God—my God—will be with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you, until you have finished all…” (1 Chronicles 28:20 NKJV)

Strength, courage, and boldness are required for pursuing our God-ordained destinies. For once we begin to step in ABBA’s “good plan” for our lives, we also stir up all the enemy forces laying in wait to destroy it.

Admittedly, I was once devoted to the belief that it’s best to let sleeping dogs lie—that security lay in mediocrity. However, little by little God has delivered me from that stronghold of containment, causing my heart to long for the vast, limitless possibilities that lie beyond the horizon of such erroneous, confining thoughts. He taught me it’s imperative in discovering and fulfilling His purpose for our lives that we understand courage is neither supernatural strength nor superhuman ability, but a devoted, determined willingness to walk with Him through our own fears. And even though the journey will be hard and quite painful at times, we must remember this: it’s impossible to discover any new, wondrous oceans God has for our lives unless we’re first willing to lose sight of safe, familiar shores.

Max Lucado writes in The Applause of Heaven:

“We need to remember that the disciples were common men given a compelling task. Before they were the stained-glass saints in the windows of cathedrals, they were somebody’s next-door neighbors trying to make a living and raise a family. They weren’t cut from theological cloth or raised on supernatural milk. But they were an ounce more devoted then they were afraid and, as a result, did some extraordinary things.”

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11 NIV)

© 2010 by Tracie Justice

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7 07 2010
sunday

i believe in his words…

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