2 Timothy 1:7 – For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
It takes courage to step out of your comfort level and try something different. It takes courage to speak your hopes and dreams out loud. It takes courage to believe in the faithfulness of God and the desires He puts within us. It takes courage to believe in ourself.
It takes courage to stop running from life. It takes courage to make decisions and stand behind them. It takes courage to stand alone and not follow the crowd. It takes courage to recognize our weaknesses and do something about it. It takes courage to let go of controlling everything.
Courage grows as we mature spiritually. Courage grows as we become comfortable in who we are in Christ. Courage grows when we take responsibility for our choices. Courage grows when we stop making excuses. Courage grows when we become honest with ourself. Courage grows when we realize the past no longer holds us captive.
As we get older, it’s takes strength and courage to live life without others approval. As we get older, it takes courage to continue regardless of critics. (smile)
Be encouraged to do it, by faith, until your courage is stronger that doubt, fear, or fill in the blank _____________.
We are all on different levels in life. There may be similarities, but differences depending on our life experiences. Learning to adapt and communicate with others is maturity. (smile) Our level of spiritual maturity and the presence of the Holy Spirit is evident by the fruit within us. This allows us to show Jesus to a hurting world.
When we know who we are in Christ, the fruit within us, love (giving), joy (gladness), peace (free from worry and fear), long suffering (patience), gentleness (kindness), goodness (generosity), faith (dependability), meekness (gentleness) and temperance (self-control) comes out in what we say (oral or written) and how we conduct ourselves. (smile) They will know us by our fruit! (smile)
When we are spirit led, people notice something different. (smile) They watch how we handle stuff in life. They watch how we adapt and adjust without judging. We never know who is watching or listening to the words we speak or how we act. (shock face) Just quoting bible chapters and verse doesn’t mean you are spirit led and know The Lord. Actions speak louder than words. (smile)
When we are spirit led, love flows out of us and we focus on positive and uplifting ways to help others, as we keep moving forward in life. We release things to God through prayer. We learn to roll with it because God is always in charge and works all things out. Thank God for his mercy and his grace, when we stumble!
God bless us as we move forward knowing that every good thing comes from above! (wink)