Good afternoon, everyone! We are getting closer and closer to the weekend. It’s been a wonderful week filled with God’s blessing and mercies. I’m so thankful for all that he is and all that he is doing for me.
Despite the title of this post, today’s sermon snack actually took place on a Wednesday, yesterday to be exact. My church had a united services. That’s when everyone comes together on the first Wednesday of the month for a midweek church service. Pastor Josh preached an awesome message on courage and I know you will love it.
Most people live for the next paycheck so they have enough substance for the life they live for. We are baptized with the Holy Spirit and fire.
“His head and hair were white like wool, as white as snow, and His eyes like a flame of fire.”
Revelation 1:14 NKJV
The consuming fire consumes everything that is not of him.
“And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.”
Romans 8:28 NKJV
The presence of God now lives in us and the mistakes we make are consumed by the fire. Fire is scary and frightening. When you’re lost, fire becomes a companion for our soul. When we’re baptized in water we get wet. When we’re baptized in fire we get burned. We called to be living sacrifices, shoulder to shoulder with Jesus. He helps us through the things we’re going through.
“These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”
John 16:33 NKJV
God doesn’t make us brave. Bravery is something we either have or we don’t. We choose to be courageous.
“Be of good courage, And He shall strengthen your heart, All you who hope in the Lord.”
Psalms 31:24 NKJV
“Wait on the Lord; Be of good courage, And He shall strengthen your heart; Wait, I say, on the Lord!”
Psalms 27:14 NKJV
Fear is a choice. When David faced Goliath God gave him strength not courage. We must have faith and courage on our own. God won’t suddenly give us a download of courage into us. We must decide when we’re done with anxiety. We must find the courage to bring light to the issue. The substance of our faith is what God is looking for. It’s within you if you want to be brave or not. Peter desired more in the Lord and he found more in the Lord. Take the faith to find him and he will give you strength. Your courage will activate faith. Either God’s bigger than what I’m dealing with or he’s not. We can’t allow ourselves to be anxious. Our faith activates God’s provision. When you share a life with someone it’s a substance that continues to build on. That’s how it should be with God and us. When you set your eyes on him we realize he will sustain us and courage rises up in us. Our level of security is in him. God is faithful and wants to heal us from what we are afraid of. Trust and look to Jesus so these things can be broken off of us.