Be Strong And Take Courage


Be strong

Be strong and take courage
Do not fear or be dismayed
For the Lord will go before you
And His light will show the way

Be strong and take courage
Do not fear or be dismayed
For the one who lives within you
Will be strong in you today

Why don’ you give him all of your fears
Why don’t you let him wipe all of your tears
He knows, He’s been through pain before
And He knows all that you’ve been looking for

So, be strong and take courage
Do not fear or be dismayed
For the Lord will go before you
And His light will show the way
Be Strong and take courage
Do not fear or be dismayed
For the one who lives within you
Will be strong in you today

Nothing can take you out of his hand
Nothing can face you can’t command
I know that you will always be
In His love, in His power you will be free!!

So, be strong and take courage
Do not fear or be dismayed
For the Lord will go before you
And His light will show the way

Be Strong and take courage
Do not fear or be dismayed
For the one who lives within you
Will be strong in you today

Some songs stick with you for a long time because of their lyrics. This particular song has been ringing in my head for the entire week. Sometimes we go through struggles, through pain, a death of a friend or family member, heartaches, trials, there are many things that almost defeat us. Then we finally let go and let God and he takes over, and it’s refreshing. It is like a fine mist on a balmy day that just seems to regenerate you. It gives you the strength to continue on, it seems to replenish your dry skin and goes all the way down to your soul.

All through the Bible you can see that water is a picture of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is able to quench your thirst and give you new life. To refresh your tired and heavy heart. In John 7:37-38 is says, “Jesus stood and cried out, saying, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. 38 He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.”

T.D.Jakes  in one of his 2015 sermons said, ‘Just because you have faith, doesn’t mean fear isn’t present’. Although a highly controversial statement, the moment I read that, it resonated with me. Faith in the presence of fear is what we call courage, which leads to trust in God.

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and take courage, do not be afraid or be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go? … Joshua 1:9. Again in Deuteronomy 31:6 he says-  “Be strong. Take courage. Don’t be intimidated. Don’t give them a second thought because God, your God, is striding ahead of you. He’s right there with you. He won’t let you down; he won’t leave you’.

There’s no way God will encourage us to “be strong” if the situation  ahead will not make us weak. There’s no way He’ll be telling you “take courage” if He didn’t know the fear you’ll face wouldn’t almost cripple you.

Moses said the above statement to Joshua when the latter was about to take the people into the promised land.

Believe me, the ten spies that came back and reported that they had seen giants as men in the promised land and the giants could not be overthrown did not tell lies. The only problem is that they allowed the fear that was present overcome their TRUST in God, and God was not tolerating that. They allowed their human limitation to overcome their limitless God.

So that is the thing, God knows there is a reason to fear. Do you think the three men in the fire were super men? I think not. To be faced with burning flames, almost reaching to the sky would have been a reason to be greatly afraid. But their complete trust in God made them decide to cast their lot in with God in the fiery furnace. I am sure you know that they must have also decided, even if God does not save us, we will still go with him( another level of follower ship).

There are two lessons to be learned here:-
TRUSTing God ( which is placing complete confidence in His ability to come through for you).
Understanding that a lot of times when you have faith, you will also have to have courage, which is as a result of the presence of fear.

Because, please hold on. If the situation wouldn’t cause you to be afraid, how would you know that you trusted God implicitly? How would you know that in a totally negative situation, you will still say ” I trust in God.”

David said ” even if the mountains fall into the sea, I will not be moved”. Paul and Silas, prayed in the cell, praised and worshipped.

Believing God gives you tremendous power, the same kind of power that raised Christ from the dead. When we BELIEVE Christ died on the cross for a particular situation, we are able to activate tremedous power for that situation. It is however important to move one up from believing for one situation to TRUSTing in the saving power of Christ’s death for EVERY situation. It is consistently believing that the power that raised Christ that one time is available for not only that scary situation today, but also for that terribly uncertain one tomorrow.

Trust would actually mean that a person places complete confidence in another person and can rely on them for anything. Believe is a more temporary concept that requires the person to place faith in a person for a select time frame.

Do you realize that even in the presence of fear in any situation, acknowledging your own limitation and recognising the fact that the God you serve is a limitless God is one of the most beautiful things God desires from us as believers?

Do you know that doing this sheds more light on the statement “my strength is made perfect in your weakness?” So are we going to go one up, from BELIEVING to TRUSTING?

Are we going to “Be strong and take courage, not be afraid or be dismayed, knowing that our LORD will go before us regardless of the circumstances?

 

 

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