Saturday, June 25, 2016

Fear Not - Courage and Hope

"A Fear Not Prayer

The Psalmist often leads us in a "Fear not" prayer.

The Psalms are the Bible's great soul book, meant to train us to respond to all life situations and difficulties through prayer and trust in the Lord.

One example is Psalm 56.

David has been seized by the Philistines and he starts to become afraid, but instead he sets his vision on his Lord and Savior in his midst.

He praises God and his word to him:

"Fear not!"

He puts his trust in the Lord…

"When I am afraid,
I will trust in you.
In God, whose word I praise,
In God I trust; I will not be afraid.
What can mortal man do to me?"
(Psalm 56:3-4)

What fear is trying to take a hold of you right now?

What threat or trouble are you facing?

Watch and pray with David,

"When I am afraid of _________, I will trust in you, O Lord."



I want you to face adversity with Confidence and firm Determination.

Because I am with you and the Holy Spirit lives in you, you have everything you need to be bold.

Cowardliness is not of My kingdom.

When you are feeling overwhelmed by your circumstances, remember who you are—a child of the eternal King!

Invite Me into the very circumstances that are intimidating you, and let the Light of My powerful Presence strengthen you.

When you choose to live courageously, I am pleased.

And I respond by strengthening your heart, thus increasing your valor.

Expect to encounter hardships as you journey toward heaven, because you live in a very broken world.

This is why Bravery is desperately needed among My followers.

You also need Hope.

My promise to Strengthen your heart is for those who Hope in Me.

Courage and Hope are closely connected in My kingdom.

So I urge you to hold on to your Courage and your Hope.

They are more precious than gold!

"Be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart, all you who hope in the LORD."
—Psalm 31: 24 NKJV

"For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, "Abba, Father." The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together."
—Romans 8: 15–17 NKJV

"Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory for ever and ever."
—1 Timothy 1: 17

"Christ is faithful as a son over God's house. And we are his house, if we hold on to our courage and the hope of which we boast."
—Hebrews 3: 6

From " Jesus Lives " by Sarah Young

Stay Strong! !

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