Walk Courageously

Walk courageously, God is with you! ๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ™Œ๐ŸŒบย Romans 8:31 What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?ย ๐ŸŒบ

Moses’ successor Joshua, one of two faithful spies, seems to have embodied this sense of courageous expectation much of his life, but even he needed an extra dose of Divine encouragement as the Lord commanded him to cross the Jordan and take possession of the promised Land.ย ๐ŸŒบ Three times YHVH exhorted Joshua, a man with a great deal of natural bravery, to be โ€œstrong and (very) courageous”.ย ๐Ÿ’– God knew what Joshua would be facing, even a lot better than the general himself, and so in a pivotal and personal message, He spoke to him: “Do not be frightened or dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.โ€[ Joshua 1:8 ]ย 

๐ŸŒบ It is impossible to overestimate the value of this simple truth, this amazing promise, this unmitigated provision! God is (and will be) with us. Anyone who has truly experienced this reality knows its inestimable value. We glibly quote this passage from Romans 8 when the dangers are minimal, or the challenges are not really too challenging. But what a difference now as we face a New Year which may well threaten our freedom, our wellbeing or our very lives.ย 

๐Ÿ’– But God is with us by His Spirit; and His Spirit is NOT “a spirit of fear, but of love, of power and of a sound mind.” [ 2 Timothy 1:7 ]

Our freedom and hope comes from above โ€“ not from here.ย ๐ŸŒบ Therefore, Brethern, nothing that happens this coming year can threaten your union with The Lord Jesus Christ, if indeed, He dwells with you. He is the same yesterday, today and forever.ย ๐Ÿ’– He is the embodiment of Love, and “there is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear;” [ 1 John 4:18 ].

Daniel prophesied of the end days that “those who know their God will display strength and take action;” [ Daniel 11:32 ].ย 

๐Ÿ’– So, whatever the coming days call for, consider yourself equipped!Go out with joy, be led forth with peace….share the Gospel and a very happy and blessed New Year!ย ๐Ÿ’–

I love y’all ๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’–

Sherry Lynn Szada-Olinger

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