Be Strong and Courageous

God never asks you to do anything or puts you in a position where He hasn’t equipped you to succeed. God always sets you up for success. As a Christian, this doesn’t mean you won’t experience fear. Rather, it means you’re equipped to overcome anything that causes you to fear. Joshua 1:9 tells us to be “strong and courageous” because the enemy uses fear to camouflage opportunities God sends your way. He works feverishly to get you to operate in fear so you’ll quit.

God is in the habit of exposing us to our fears, not just for us to overcome them, but also to draw us closer and build our trust in Him. And He accomplishes this through process; so that over time you become less sensitive and react differently to what you fear.

I’m always amazed at the sense of relief and empowerment I experience once I’ve tackled a fear. It not only boosts my confidence in God; it prepares me to face greater challenges. Often the very things you fear and avoid demonstrates what you’re actually capable of overcoming. God works through circumstances to extinguish the very source of fear and clear the path to great accomplishments.

Joshua 1:9 says to be “strong and courageous.” To be strong means to press on when you don’t think you have the strength to carry on. When you’re weak, God is made strong. To be courageous means to be determined, to persist in the face of adverse circumstances. Sometimes you have to keep telling yourself, “God is with me,” as you continue to press forward. God has commanded your strength and courage. Commands must be followed. You must choose to follow God and obey even when you’re afraid.

Trying times demand strength and courage. Just as God equipped Joshua for everything he faced and gave him the promise of His presence, He’s done the same for you. You’re not alone. God is with you every step of the way. He has great things in store for you. You may have to fight, but it’s a fixed fight. You Win!!!

Until next time…Be blessed!

Rev. Cynthia Jackson, Rhema Inspirations

Rev. Cynthia Jackson is the administrator of the Rhema4U Blog and Innovations Ministries Director. Rev. Jackson is a native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She was licensed and ordained under the tutelage of Bishop David G. Evans. She is an associate minister at Bethany Baptist Church located in Lindenwold, New Jersey. Rev. Jackson founded Innovations Ministries in 2001. Innovations Ministries provides dynamic and innovative programs and services for individuals and families dealing with various health-related issues. She is a gifted teacher, preacher, conference speaker and writer. God has anointed Rev. Jackson to be a spiritual midwife with a passion to empower others to birth God's vision for their lives. Rev. Jackson holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Organizational Management from Eastern University, a Master of Science Degree in Health Administration from Saint Joseph's University and a Master of Science Degree in Christian Counseling from Cairn University. Reverend Jackson resides in Clementon, New Jersey.

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One comment on “Be Strong and Courageous
  1. Daune Housley Pope says:

    This is just what I need today. Thank you letting the Lord use you in such a magnificent way.

    Like

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