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May 12 2019

Posted on May 12, 2019 at 4:45 PM

So be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid and do not panic before them. For the LORD your God will personally go ahead of you. He will neither fail you nor abandon you. Deuteronomy 31:6

This is my command- be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the LORD your God is with you wherever you go. Joshua 1:9

Then David continued, “Be strong and courageous, and do the work. Don’t be afraid or discouraged, for the LORD God, my God, is with you. He will not fail you or forsake you. He will see to it that all the work related to the Temple of the LORD is finished correctly. 1 Chronicles 28:20

“Be strong and courageous! Don’t be afraid or discouraged because of [your enemy and his mighty army], for there is a power far greater on our side! He may have a great army, but they are merely men. We have the LORD our God to help us and to fight our battles for us!” 2 Chronicles 32:7-8

So be strong and courageous, all who put your hope in the LORD! Psalms 31:24

With this news, strengthen those who have tired hands, and encourage those who have weak knees. Say to those with fearful hearts, “Be strong and do not fear, for your God is coming to destroy your enemies. He is coming to save you.” Isaiah 35:3-4

“Don’t be afraid,” he said, “for you are very precious to God. Peace! Be encouraged! Be strong!” As he spoke these words to me, I suddenly felt stronger and said to him, “Please speak to me, my lord, for you have strengthened me.” Daniel 10:19

But now the LORD says: ‘Be strong…Be strong…Be strong all you people still left in the land. And now get to work, for I am with you, says the LORD of Heaven’s Armies. My Spirit remains among you, just as I promised when you came out of Egypt. So do not be afraid.’ Haggai 2:4-5

Be on guard. Stand firm in faith. Be courageous. Be strong. 1 Corinthians 16:13

A final word: Be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power. Ephesians 6:10

…be strong through the grace that God gives you in Christ Jesus. 2 Timothy 2:1

Stand firm against the enemy, and be strong in your faith. Remember that your Christian brothers and sisters all over the world are going through the same kind of suffering you are. 1 Peter 5:9

There are days I just need to bathe in the strength I know that God has placed in me. Remind myself by His Words that I can be strong in Him even when I feel weak and tired. That if I am still living in this land than I am still a warrior in this battle of choosing to do what is good over what is evil, what is right over what is wrong. Galatians 5:17

I thank my Father for verses like Psalm 121:3-4 that remind me He will not let me stumble; the One who watches over me will not slumber. Indeed, He who watches over me never slumbers or sleeps because I know that darkness never takes a day off. It starts from the moment I wake up, it is relentless in its pursuit till what is good becomes a distant memory, like a story being told from long ago that begins with “there was a time things were good...”

If there is a battle taking place that means the enemy hasn’t won. If there is a struggle I still have yet to overcome, a mountain I have yet to climb than I am to be as relentless as that which stands against me. He is after all called the LORD of Heaven’s “Armies” not the LORD of people of complacency. I believe He once called us His “forces” in Exodus 7:4. I know that if I am to share in his glory I must also share in his suffering Romans 8:17 that another way to perceive suffering is it is a qualifier of a soldier of Christ 2 Timothy 2:3. Yes, strength is a requirement in life.

I used to live begging for God to take away the pain, take away the struggle, take away the trial, take away the hardship. Anything I thought I couldn’t put up with, couldn’t take and couldn’t deal with. My grace is all you need He told Paul in 2 Corinthians 12:9 So now these days I pray for the strength to endure it. If He brought me to it He equipped me to get through it. For whatever reason He saw fit to include this in my story it is for His glory. As Christ said in John 12:27 “Now my soul is deeply troubled. Should I pray, ‘Father, save me from this hour?’ But this is the very reason I came! Father, bring glory to your name.”

Now I pray that I can endure come what may, what Christ endured for me. I know that had God taken away any part of the process of suffering from Christ how could he be the perfect example of endurance for me to look to today Hebrews 2:10 and absolutely nothing I suffer will ever be in equal comparison to that. If I am not enduring something, striving toward something, working toward being better than I was yesterday. If there isn’t a hope in me for greater than I should probably take another look because whatever it is I am doing must not be a threat to my enemy of this war. I always say being a follower of Christ is the hardest thing I have ever had to do because being faithful and true isn’t just something I am born to do, it’s something I have to decide to fight and pursue every single day on earth.

…Pursue righteousness and a godly life, along with faith, love, perseverance and gentleness. Fight the good fight for the true faith…1 Timothy 6:11-12

…pursue righteous living, faithfulness, love and peace. Enjoy the companionship of those who call on the Lord with pure hearts. 2 Timothy 2:22

Then I saw heave opened, and a white horse was standing there. Its rider was named Faithful and True, for he judges fairly and wages a righteous war. Revelations 19:11

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