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Courage to Change

 

Article by Walter Kahler

Courage is a byproduct of putting faith into action. By trusting Christ, we experience strength, not of our own and gain Christian confidence. This surety radiates the essence of living a saved life. Our steadfast reliance upon Christ gives us the greatest advantage in dealing with life’s ups and downs. The more we surrender ourselves to God, the better we are at facing anything and everything.

Christ demonstrated perfect courage when He was crucified. Judas betrayal of Jesus in the garden of Gethsemane brought the world face to face with a kind of bravery never seen before. Our Messiah offered no resistance. Pontius Pilate gave the order to execute Christ and turned Him over to the Roman army. They inflicted Him with horrendous acts of physical mistreatments. Christ withstood all the torture they threw His way with dignity.

Christ’s example of facing man’s cruelty by being nailed to the cross is the greatest display of God’s powerfulness. If Jesus were able to die for our salvation then there is no reason for us to rebel. Our difficulties are minute compared to the burdens Jesus endured. By building a personal relationship with Christ, a whole new outlook upon life emerges. This unites us with God and eliminates the need to hold onto troubling circumstances. Freedom from the bondage of self only comes from salvation.

God created us with instincts for survival. One of those instinct is knowing the difference between a life threatening situation and the need of being accepted by others. Both circumstances generate fear. Recognizing one from the other is knowing how to identify their characteristics.

Let us take a look at some examples. The threat of being bitten from a poisonous snake is healthy because our life is in jeopardy, and this fear alarms us to the danger. However, on the other hand, when we feel troubled from being rejected from our fellows then our pride feeds us fear. So, one fear has to do with common sense and the other is all about self.

Self-centered fears are the main obstacle in the way of living courageously. This crippling emotional juggernaut permeates the human soul. When our spirits become consumed with unwarranted fears, there is no peace. The turbulence from living in constant worry keeps our connection with Christ at bay. This in return set us up for all sorts of unbalanced relations with others.

Now let us examine some common fears we all have. In the world, we live in it takes money to survive. We all know the struggles of making ends meet with our financial obligations. Here fear can run rampant causing us to make unwise decisions with money. Being afraid of financial insecurity solves nothing. Excessive worrying over money is exhausting and drains us physically, mentally and spiritually. There is a difference between being concerned and fearing finances.

Taking an honest look at our reaction to money issues will reveal our true motives. Here courage is required in accurately surveying our intentions on this unavoidable part of life. We cannot find the real facts of our spending habits without Christ’s aid. Having Christ as our financial advisor will provide us the wisdom to change our views about money. As a result, we begin to understand that no matter how distressful we become over money our trust in Christ will overcome our fears. This freedom from worrying leads to a partnership with our Messiah that strengthens our devotion with Him.

Letting go and letting Christ become our financial planner does not come without responsibility. We have to do our part and meet Him half way. Nor does it mean we will be debt free. God will provide us with a solution, but we will have to put His plan into action. Most often the answer has little to do with obtaining money and more about the strength necessary in dealing with the problem. Using courage under those conditions changes the jumbled up emotions associated with the conflict and serenity is added.

Another fear that has the tendency to put us in a frenzy is inadequacy. The feeling of not measuring up to others places us in situations that cause emotional insecurity. When we internalize the outward appearances of other’s with our own deficiencies we distance ourselves from the lessons Christ has provided for us to experience. This misconception of brotherhood is off the mark.

There is no reason to be afraid of others. We are here together for the purpose of living in God’s kingdom and in His house we are all equal. Christ does not concern Himself with man’s attributes but with our adherence to His commands. This type of behavior blinds us from God’s purpose for our own lives. This fear block us from accepting ourselves.

Living comfortably in our own skin, where we are able to measure up to others regardless of stature is living as Christ wants us to. It takes courage to move beyond our insecurities and bring something spiritual in the presence of others. Self-centered fear is lack of faith. The more willing we are in placing our trust in Christ, the better our Christian lives improve.

We have only discussed a few instances where Christian courage is prevalent. Courage to change is not limited to fear. There are many challenges in staying on the narrow way. Temptation is real and the strength in discarding it can only come from God. No matter what happens to us the most important thing is our readiness to restrain from the things preventing our adherence to Christ command.

_____Walter Kahler is an author with www.faithwriters.com

 

 

  

Trustworthy

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Inspired by Rev 7:9-12

 by Ennis Smith

James 5:12 (NIV)Above all, my brothers, do not swear-not by heaven or by earth or by anything else. Let your “Yes” be yes, and your “No,” no, or you will be condemned.

How many times do we let ourselves down? How many times do we disappoint the ones we love? Each year, millions of people make new-year resolutions destined to failure. Every day, parents make promises to children but renege, for a myriad of reasons. We make promises we have no real intention of keeping. Each broken promise diminishes our trust in ourselves. When we lose trust, we lose faith.

James tells us to keep it simple. Promises are not necessary, to bind a decision into action. We need to have a transformation in our way of thinking. Romans 12:2 says, “be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” The power of “Yes” should become the binding word. Conversely, the power of “No” should also be a definitive answer. Anything other than “yes” or “no” is the work of the evil one.

The world teaches us, it is perfectly okay to recant on a promise, because they’re broken every day. But, as Christians, we need to hold ourselves to higher standards. Jesus never had to promise anything. His word was his bond. When He said “Yes,” it was done. When He spoke “No,” it was undone. Today, let your “Yes” and “No” speak to the truth of your character. Let these small words prove your trustworthiness.

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Dear Lord, Give Me Wisdom (poem)

Wisdom: mastering the obvious

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By Cinda Carter

Dear Lord, Give me wisdom
In making my decisions
Help remind me to pray
To think about what I am going to say.

Sometimes without thinking I jump in with both feet
Only because I did not pray and think
I didn’t think of the consequences it would bring
I was eager to serve without Your leading.

You are truly merciful and You do forgive
Though the damage is done You will bring
What Satan meant for evil, and turn it around for good
These things will eventually be understood.

If I would just take the time to pray
And listen to what God has to say
I could avoid so many mistakes
As prayer prevents them taking place.

So, my prayer is, Dear Lord,
Help me to listen to You and be in accord.
One with the Holy Spirit knowing Your will, I pray,
Dear Lord, Give me wisdom, so You can have Your way.

“If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally,
and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.”  James 1:5  KJV

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Because of You

Prayer

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Because of You By Steve Countryman

Because of you Lord I am made perfect.  Because of you Lord I am redeemed and saved.  Because of you Lord I am blessed beyond measure.  Because of you Lord my life has purpose.  Because of you Lord I am not the person I used to be.  Because of you Lord I am delivered, set free, healed and restored.  Because of you Lord I walk in your victory everyday.  Because of you Lord I don’t have to stare at my problems instead I get to stare at you, my answer.  Because of you Lord my past does not dictate my future, you do.  Because of you Lord I have a future.  Because of you Lord I am the righteousness of Jesus who dwells in me.  Because of you Lord my walk is an upright and righteous walk.  Because of you Lord my Christian life is exciting and NEVER boring.  Because of you Lord I will never be the same.

2 Corinthians 12:9-10 9 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 10 That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.  In my prayer time recently I was thanking God for Him being made strong in my weaknesses.  Then I saw a vision of being clothed in amour.  This amour was nothing special and looked common, not flashy like you see in the movies.  As I looked closer at it I saw “chinks” in it.  “Chink” means an opening in a suit of armor that allows a weapon to penetrate it.  Chinks are a sign of weakness in a suit of amour.  These chinks were caused by the weapons used against me by the enemy to hurt and destroy me.  Each chink represents one of my many weaknesses.  I used to wonder why God picked me with all of my weaknesses.  I know now it was because He gets to shine brightly through them in me!

To my amazement something spectacular started to happen.  A glowing light began to shine through my chinks.  The light became brighter and stronger.  There were so many chinks that the light that shined through it reminded me of a dance floor mirror ball.  What the enemy did not realize until it was too late was that the light shining through my chink filled amour was God being made strong through my weaknesses.  Because of you  Lord I am empowered with authority from on high!  For I can do all things through Jesus Christ who strengthens me.

Because of you Lord being made strong in my weaknesses my boast and my bragging is all in you!  Because of you Lord I am more than a conquer.  Because of you Lord I am the head and not the tail, I am above and not beneath.  Because of you Lord my strength is renewed like the eagle.  Because of you Lord I do not grow weary or weak.  Because of you Lord my walk of obedience and faith is made firm and secure.  Because of you Lord all my battles are won.  Because of you Lord I am not afraid for if you are for me then who can be against me?  Because of you Lord my successes and victories are found in you.  Because of you Lord there is less of me and more of you.  Because of you Lord I am saturated in your love.  Because of you Lord I am saturated in your prosperity.  Because of you Lord I am saturated in your Holy Spirit fire.  All I am and all that I will be is all because of you Lord!

My name is Steve and I was born and raised in a good Christian home in Phoenix Arizona.  In 2004 God spoke to me to let me know that He would start sharing things with me that I would share with others. Little did I know how powerful and meaningful those things would be! Thank you Lord!!

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