Real valour consists not in being insensible to danger, but in being prompt to confront and disarm it
Sir Walter Scott
How to vanquish fear
Right now, you can take whatever fearful, troubling thought is lingering in the back of your mind and punch it in the face. Why?
For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.
2 Timothy 1:7
Read that again. God has not given us a spirit of fear. All our fears and worst nightmares come from somewhere else. And you want to know what’s awesome about that?
Every spirit and thought that comes from God is the truth. The spirit of fear, since it doesn’t come from God, is a deceitful liar. And here’s the awesome thing about liars: the opposite of whatever they say is true! So next time you have that thought pass through your head again, whether it’s that you’re inadequate, ugly, or weak, remember that the opposite is true: you are perfectly filled by God, beautifully made be God, and so strong in God that you can do anything. Let this sink in; whatever lies you are being fed right now, they are false (that’s why they’re called lies) and the opposite is true. After you grasp the truth, praise God for making everything so awesome!
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P.S. Props to Dan Mohler for this trick
The greatest pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do.
(This is in response to the earlier post about David. Even the people he was fighting with thought he was a mere cheese-boy)
Aren’t you glad…
…that David didn’t have a negative body image? I mean, standing next to Goliath he would have looked like a ruddy Stewart Little. But instead of breaking down in nervous sweats, David had his focus on the covenant he had with God (the same covenant that Goliath didn’t have)…
Who is this uncircumcised Philistine that he should defy the armies of the living God?
1 Samuel 17:26
So whatever trials or troubles you’re facing at this moment, do not develop a destructive outlook because the odds seem against you. Instead, focus on the things unseen (2 Cor. 4:18) and focus on the fact that if you are with Chirst, than God is for you and nothing can be against you (Rom 8:31). You are a warrior with the love of God on your side.
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Named must your fear be before banish it you can.
( the truth really will set you free)
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies.
It’s true that God will never put you in the face of a challenge that you can’t handle: He intentionally directs you away from difficulties that might destroy you (1 Corinthians 10:13). This is so true, but we also fail to recognize that while we are facing those challenges, not only has He given us the strength to face them but he has also prepared blessings in front of us ‘in the presence of our enemies’. If you’re facing trials, focus on His exceeding goodness and all the strength and blessings He has prepared and provided for you. God is good.
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2 Corinthians 5:1
Now we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands.
I really need to take this to heart. I need to stop trying to control my earthly tent, stop being so inward and protective of this temporary dwelling. The security of His heavenly dwelling has surrounded me, and it is my armor as I go out today to do His work. Don’t worry about this life, this little tent, because it is just a shadow of the glorious house to come.
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If we wish to be rational, not now and then, but constantly, we must pray for the gift of Faith, for the power to go on believing not in the teeth of reason but in the teeth of lust and terror and jealousy and boredom and indifference that which reason, authority, or experience, or all three, have once delivered to us for truth. And the answer to the prayer will, perhaps, surprise us when it comes. For I am not sure, after all, whether one of the causes of our weak faith is not a secret wish that our faith should not be very strong. Is there some reservation in our minds? Some fear of what it might be like if our religion became quite real?
-C.S. Lewis, Religion: Reality or Substitute
The world doesn’t really have a place for the strength and the power of the faith God gives us. But it needs it. Don’t fear bringing faith into the world because it seems dangerous because it’s real. The world needs to feel the weight of that reality. Which reminds me:
Many of us have actually been afraid to let our strength show up because the world doesn’t have a place for it. fine. The world’s screwed up. Let people feel the weight of who you are and let them deal with it.
-John Eldredge, Wild at Heart
If your weight is too heavy for the world, then God’s is even heavier. Have the courage to bring the reality of this heavy faith into the world, where it is needed most.
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