What do you do when you are discouraged? What do you do when it feels like your back is against the wall? What do you do when you feel like throwing in the towel? What do you do when there is pressure all around you? How do you survive difficult storms? What do you do when people turn their backs on you? Life can bring some unexpected challenges your way. Life can can cause your mind to feel like you are caught in a tornado. The weight of life can seem as if you are going to drown. Nevertheless, I came to encourage you today to TAKE COURAGE!
I am not sure what you are faced with, but I know that God knows. I am not sure who has said ill words about you or done terrible things hoping for your demise, but God is by your side. I don't know what pressure you are under at work, home, or in school, but I know that God will give you strength. So, it is time for a NEW perspective on the circumstance you are currently in. You need courage. What is courage?
Courage- the quality of mind or spirit that enables a person to face difficulty, danger, pain, etc., without fear; bravery.
Is this possible? Can you really move from depression to courage? Can you move from fear to courage? Can you move from hopelessness to courage? Can you move from anxiety to courage? Can you move from worry to courage? Can you move from anger and bitterness to courage?The definition says that courage enables a person to FACE difficulty, dance, pain. WOW! So, courage is not the act of winning but CONTINUING! Do you not know that your greatest enemy, the devil, wants you to see the obstacles in your way as reasons to stop. The great truth for a believer is that we have TOTAL VICTORY because of Christ. One of my favorite songs says, "Hallelujah, you have won the victory, Hallelujah, you have won it all for me!"
You cannot allow the situations to take you out!!! You cannot allow the situation to take your peace. You cannot allow your difficulty to cause you to doubt your purpose. You cannot your present circumstance to blind you of your future. You cannot allow your pain to paralyze your passion. You cannot allow your anger to rob you of your good character. Instead, TAKE COURAGE!!!
I want to share an instance in the Bible where there was an encouragement and a decision to TAKE COURAGE.
9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.” 10 So Joshua ordered the officers of the people: 11 “Go through the camp and tell the people, ‘Get your provisions ready. Three days from now you will cross the Jordan here to go in and take possession of the land the LORD your God is giving you for your own.’ ”
- This is God speaking to Joshua after the death of Moses. Joshua had some big shoes to fill. However, God was reassuring him not to focus on the pressure of being the leader over the children of Israel. Instead, God assured him that he would be with him just as he was with Moses. WOW. God is so awesome! He knew that Joshua needed to know that you are not alone! Do you know that? God to Joshua to TAKE COURAGE! By definition that meant that God told Joshua, do not be afraid of anything and be ready to face whatever may come. Nevertheless, since I am with you, know that you will inherit what I have promised you. What has God promised you? What you have you prayed about? What does His Word say about what he will do in your life? Trust God, Trust His Word, and TAKE COURAGE. God encouraged Joshua, and as one of God's vessels, I am encouraging you to Take Courage!
That is my encouraging word for you today, take courage! It would be so great for me to be able to talk to everyone one on one, so I could encourage you in your specific challenge. However, I cannot, but I can lead you to the God that I know. God is the greatest listener, and He is the one with all power in his hands. You Speak Life, which just means to say good things and the promises of God over your life. In addition, You Pray. The Bible says in Matthew 7:7, "Ask and it shall be given, Seek and ye shall find, and Knock and the door shall be open unto you." Take Courage today! Continue to move forward and face every challenge that may come your way. Don't stop! You are not alone! It is not too late for things to get better! God has not forgotten you! It is not too hard for you to go on! God is the power source: stay connected to Him! TAKE COURAGE!!!