COURAGE TO CONQUER (2)
I bring to you the word of hope in these trying times, the Bible encouraged in Joshua 1:9, Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and be of good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest. Even if it seems that joy is the scarcest commodity today due to the recent happenings around the world, everyone wakes up each morning with so much anxiety and uncertainties of what may become of the day. I have good news for you, For his anger endureth but a moment; in his favour is life: weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning (Psalm 30:5). Today, I will be teaching on the second edition of this teaching series, ‘Courage to Conquer’.
Courage cannot be assumed, it is consciously built and groomed to produce results. However, only the courage you intentionally build can conquer in trying seasons. If you are afraid to confront your enemy, you will never defeat him, until you intentionally build your courage to withstand the devil and the world, you will always be left at the mercy of depression.
THREATS TO COURAGE
Fear hinders faith; like the fear of the unknown, fear of the ravaging sickness, fear of death, hunger, losing one’s Job and many more. Anything you fear automatically has power over you. Fear paralyses men and blinds their eyes from seeing what God wants to do in their lives. Fear does not solve problems. 2 Timothy 1:7 admonished that, … God has not given us the spirit of fear; but of power and of love and of a sound mind. Fear is a spirit and it is not of God! Fear has been defined by the acronym -False Evidence Appearing Real. The whole world is experiencing fear and turmoil, fear of the unknown, and fear of the future. However, I want to reveal to you today that fear cannot solve problems rather fear propounds the problems; therefore, resist fear.
The fertile ground for anxiety is the mind, if the enemy can introduce anxious feelings, then he has succeeded in paralysing you. Anxiety is one of the greatest threats to courage. Wherever there is anxiety, joy, hope and courage is killed. However, the more relaxed and hopeful you are the more courageous you become to conquer the hurdles. Today, a lot has been going on and many are anxious of how to cope with the lockdown, how to get the provision of daily basic needs majorly what to eat, and drink. Also, the anxiety of what will become of the world after the lockdown is over. With the news of several companies downsizing and retrenching her employees. This is what the Bible is saying this season from Matthew 6:25-26, Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment? Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they? Remember, you have all it takes to deal a big blow on anxiety. It would be unfair of God to tell you to live an anxiety-free life if it were impossible, but it is possible to you.
Today, negative reports, bad news and depressing information are around us, from the rising insurgencies as a result of the Covid-19 reports, the increasing number of deaths, the increasing number of those languishing in hunger, sad news keeps flying around. Negative reports gets more prominent displays and high broadcast, graphic and pictorial attention, and upfront placement. The media intentionally selects negative reports in order to generate traffic. The world seems to habitually get highly interested in reading, hearing, and viewing negative reports. The fame given to negative reports today has so far killed the courage of so many people and so far, ignited so much fear, anxiety, worries, depression, doubt, anger and low self-esteem. Michael Jordan quoted ‘Always turn a negative situation into a positive situation’. However, no matter what you hear or see, do not cast down your confidence; be strong and be of good courage.
The company you keep will greatly influence you for good or otherwise. If you keep company with people who have so many negative things to say by igniting fear and depression through their words, you are doing yourself no good. Your company can make you or mar you. Truly, God is very interested in your relationships, because He knows the value of association and how they can influence your life. Someone said, ‘To be of good quality, you have to excuse yourself from the presence of shallow and callow minded individuals’. If you follow courageous people you will become courageous, if you surround yourself with those who have nothing but faithless, fearful, discouraging words you have bought yourself the free ticket for depression, anxiety, worries, and fear. Remember, your company can make or mar you. Seek to surround yourself with those who are ready to encourage you, and speak the Word of the Lord which is full of faith and comfort. This is the period to build your faith and that of your friends. Find time as a company to pray and fast, seeking God’s face. The Bible says in Proverbs 13:20, He that walketh with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed.
Remember, building courage to conquer in these trying times does not just happen, it is an intentional walk with God and the power of the Holy Spirit. However, you cannot have a relationship with the Holy Spirit without a relationship with God. Do you intend to stabilise your relationship with God? The Bible says that, Jesus is the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the father except through Him (John 14:6). Jesus is ever available to redeem you, all you need to do is to accept Him as your Lord and personal Saviour, and you will have all your sins forgiven and a new you will emerge full of courage. If you have made this decision, you can say this prayer of faith: Dear Lord Jesus Christ, I come to You today. I am a sinner. Forgive me my sins and cleanse me with Your Blood. I accept You as my Lord and Saviour. Make me a child of God today. Thank You for delivering me from sin, pride, arrogance and self-pity and all the lies of satan to serve the living God and thank You for accepting me into Your Kingdom, in Jesus name! Amen.
Congratulations! Now you have been empowered with grace to overcome anxieties, worries, fears, changed and transformed to become courageous to conquer whatever may be an obstacle that may come your way, in Jesus name! Call or write to share your testimonies with me through firstname.lastname@example.org, 07026385437 OR 08141320204.
More so, to be fully acquainted with this subject, you can find help with these books authored by me. They are available at the Dominion Bookstores in all Living Faith Churches and other leading Christian bookstores: Overcoming Anxiety, The Force of Hope, Nurturing the Incorruptible seed and Salvation the Way of Escape.
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