Jesus had A LOT to say to me this morning about bold, fearless faith. (Makes me wonder what is coming my way! 🙂 ).
I was so encouraged and strengthened that I wanted to share what He had shown me in the event that you, too, could use the light of His glorious promises for your path today.
So here goes! (Take this personally. Put your name in these verses and know that if you belong to Him, He is speaking His Word to YOU!).
The Lord God is my Strength, my personal bravery and my invincible army; He makes my feet like hinds’ feet and will make me to walk (not to stand still in terror but to walk) and make spiritual progress upon my high places of trouble, suffering, or responsibility. —Habakkuk 3:19
I have learned how to be content (satisfied to the point where I am not disturbed or disquieted) in whatever state I am…I have learned in any and all circumstances the secret of facing every situation, whether well-fed or going hungry, having a sufficiency and enough to spare or going without and being in want. I have strength for ALL things in Christ who empowers me (I am ready for anything and equal to anything through Him who infuses inner strength into me; I am self-sufficient in Christ’s sufficiency).—Phil. 4:11-13
Who is among you who reverently fears the Lord…yet walks in darkness and deep trouble?…Let him rely on, trust in, and be confident in the Name of the Lord and let him lean upon and be supported by his God.—Is. 50:10
As for me, I will look to the Lord and confident in Him, I will keep watch; I will wait with hope and expectancy for the God of my salvation; my God will hear me. Rejoice not against me, O my enemy! When I fall, I shall arise; when I sit in darkness, the Lord shall be a Light to me. —Micah 7:7-8
Fear not (there is nothing to fear), for I am with you; do not look around you in terror and be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen and harden your to difficulties, yes I will help you; yes, I will hold you up and retain you with My victorious right hand of rightness and justice. —Is. 41:1-
I will bring the blind by a way that they know not; I will lead them in paths they have not known. I will make darkness into light before them and make uneven paths into a plain. These things I have determined to do for them and I will not leave them forsaken. —Is. 42:16
Why are you cast down, O my inner self? And why should you moan and be disquieted? Hope in God and wait expectantly for Him, for I shall YET praise Him, my Savior and my God. —Ps. 42:5
I have to include this absolute gem from the pen of the great Charles Spurgeon because it so perfectly speaks to the issue of faith:
“Little faith can save a person but little faith will never do great things for God. Little-faith says, ‘This is a rough road, covered with the sharpest thorns and full of danger. I’m afraid to go.’ but Great-faith remembers the promise, ‘Your shoes shall be iron and brass; and as your days, so shall your strength be.’ (Deuteronomy 33:25) so Great-faith boldly ventures ahead. Little-faith waits in despondency, its tears mingling with the floodwaters it stands beside; but Great-faith sings, ‘When you pass through the waters, I will be with you and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you.; (Isaiah 43:2); and then Great-faith fords the stream at once.” —Morning By Morning, p. 67
Does this day find you with little faith?
Be encouraged. These Scriptures are meant for you. Print them out and take them with you wherever you go. Write them on post-it notes and stick them all over the house.
Decide to move into these verses and live there.
Your circumstance was not meant to be the end of you. Jesus intends to use it to strengthen your spiritual muscle, to grow in intimacy with Him, to learn to stand on nothing but the solid foundation of His Word and defy your enemy, who seeks to fill you with such fear that you are paralyzed and miss out on the abundant life Jesus died and rose again to give you. (Not an abundance of things, by the way…but an abundance of HIM! He is all you will ever need).
Just as the pre-incarnate Christ said to Gideon all those years ago, He so says to you, “The Lord is with you, you mighty man (or woman!) of fearless courage!” (Judges 6:12).
You don’t have to work up that kind of courage, which is good news. You don’t have it. But Jesus does and He is willing to pour that courage into your fearful heart and make you strong. Simply ask Him for it.
Be fearlessly courageous today in Him, no matter what you are facing.
And remember these words that Tony Evans posted on Facebook this morning: “Man may have A say, but God has the FINAL say. Look to Him. He’s got you.”