Be Strong and Courageous

The interesting aspect of growing older is the perspective one gains in looking back over your life and thinking about what you’ve learned and what you should share with the next generation. For some I’ve heard said they wish they had taken more risk. Some, say they wished they had laughed more. For me, I wish I had been bolder.
I look back on my life and realize I was timid in many aspects of how I dealt with people, challenges and opportunities. I tested the waters so to speak like dipping my toes in the water rather than jumping in. Using perspective, I realize that while being timid or cautious yielded results but it was the times where I exerted boldness that yielded the highest gains. Stepping out, being bold appears risky but when done in confidence of your convictions and beliefs great things can be achieved.
“…because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.
“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13
Looking back I realize being timid was based on who I perceived I was, not in whom was in me. Timidity results from believing in our human limitation based on our past experiences of success and failures. In other words, we step out and do things on how we perceive the outcome based on our capabilities not God’s. As a result we rely on our abilities and then we remember the scares of our failures.
“Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated and untrained men, they marveled. And they realized that they had been with Jesus. ” Acts 4:13
Peter and John were uneducated fisherman not the highly educated men, yet when they were filled with the Holy Spirit they stepped up with boldness to proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ. For those who have accepted Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior we too have been filled with the power of the Holy Spirit. Step out in boldness. Take steps of faith in knowing we have the dwelling Spirit of Jesus Christ living within us to strengthen us. Be bold, don’t hold back. Just remember if you want to walk on water (do the impossible) you have to get out of the boat! Let’s face it, the worst thing that can happen is you fail. But like Peter who was bold and walk on water but when he took his eyes off Jesus and sank, Jesus was there to lift him up. Be bold and rely upon God’s grace.
“Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” Hebrews 4:16
Prayer: God of mercy and grace, we come before You thanking You for giving us Your Son, Jesus Christ as the atoning sacrifice for our sins so that we could be reconciled with You. Father, by Your hand You cast the heavens into existence and through Your breath You gave life. Blessed be Your Holy name. Father, on the day of Pentecost Your Holy Spirit descended upon the faithful and empowered them with boldness. Father, we seek You in prayer asking You to fill us with all the fullness of Your Holy Spirit so that we too will grow in boldness knowing that He who is in us is greater than who is in the world. Lord, may we rely upon Your strength, Your comfort and Your peace to accomplish Your will. For it is in the name of Jesus Christ and through the strength of the Holy Spirit that we pray, Amen! Denise McDowell

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