Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something else is more important than fear.
— Ambrose Redmoon
After writing the last post on fear, God hasn’t let the topic go. So here I am with part 2 to share what God has been saying. He also reminded me of this quote specifically, so I believe God’s saying that it isn’t a matter of getting to a place where we won’t ever fear… it is a matter of getting to a place where we trust and believe in Someone greater than the fear! God himself!
When trouble comes, fear is a step behind (or in some cases 50 miles ahead as some of us are always on the lookout for it). As soon as something bad happens the first question is “Why?”, the fruitless path is to stay with that question and let it develop into doubt, but the fruitful path is to encourage ourselves in our most Holy Faith. We do have a choice!
- The fruitless path is a barren perspective, bleak, fraught with worry and doubt in God. The questions: “why did God allow this”, “If God’s in charge why am I going through this?”, “How could God do this to me?”. These questions won’t get us anywhere near to God, where we need to be, because right off the bat we doubt God. He died to save us, not abandon us!
The temptation of Christ, and of Eve/Adam, show that the enemy loves to bring doubt, “If you are the Son of God”, “Did God really say that?”. I’ve heard it said: “You can’t out argue satan”, but we can do what Jesus did – quote the Word back to him! Every Word out of the mouth of God is a weapon for our use! Jesus used that weapon against satan, showing us a key to victory, and showing the Word to be a tried and tested weapon that conquers.
Part of the barren perspective too, is that life is all about us. We receive no true fulfillment when we live life all about ourselves. We know how great it feels to help others, we know how awesome it is to make someone smile. We don’t get that same filling blessing when it’s only us we please.
Troubles, and heartaches are used by God to help others, if we allow it. You hear it all the time on programs like Focus on the Family, etc… someone went through this tragic event and now they are on national radio/writing books/touring around speaking to others, inspiring them that they can come out victorious too, or that they can live through it and be a benefit to others too. Our life is to help others. Check out this quote by Bobby Conner: “God created me to do what He created for me to do.” Did you catch that? The job came first, and then we were built to do that job. Our God-given life is about Him, His plan, His glory. We fall easily for the doubting questions when we see life as all about us, and when the things of this world are bigger than our God.
- On the opposite side of the coin we have the Fruitful perspective that is pregnant with Hope. It is a choice, because our flesh doesn’t naturally go here. It is a choice to trust and obey! We can choose to build ourselves up in our faith, by reading the Word, speaking the Word, praying the Word, and speaking over ourselves/our lives/our loved ones: “I know my God will supply all of my needs according to His riches in glory”, “I am blessed not cursed”, “My Father knows when a sparrow falls, and He says I’m more precious than a sparrow”, ”His eye is always on His child”, “With my God I can scale a wall”, “If God be for me who can be against me”, “God can use this to help others”, “What the enemy meant for harm, God will turn for good”.
Do we know who God is? Do we know He’s King? Do we know He’s kind? Do we know the love that flows out of the Mercy Seat non-stop? When we trust in God’s character, taking His Word as fact, living like its fact, we will have a hope that surpasses all understanding! Heaven takes notice when we stand our ground in the Truth, God blesses us when we refuse the lies of the enemy and choose God. When we make this choice to trust God we strengthen that faith muscle.
Courage is very important. Like a muscle, it is strengthened by use.
— Author Unknown
The thing we feared has just happened – we are being squeezed – massive pressure has just been applied to us – what will come out? These experiences show us what is really inside of us. They reveal just how much we trust God, just how much of the Word we have in us, and just how much flesh is still in charge.
Let me let you in on another key to victory: When we overcome something; bad experiences, rough times, we have authority in that area to break others free of that same thing! Our God-given victory helps, heals, and sets others free who are experiencing the same thing. No, we wouldn’t choose to go through bad stuff, but wouldn’t you want to help someone else defeat that same thing you hated going through?? I would!! What have you overcome in your life? That is a way God can use you to touch others.
Don’t live in fear of troubles or despise trouble, but allow God to turn it for good, look for ways (Ask God) to use it against the enemy!! When the enemy gives you lemons, find a way to hurt the enemy with the lemons!! HA
We tend to pray and protect ourselves from experiences out of fear. Somehow we fool ourselves into thinking that new experiences are too risky to face, but experience is what builds our faith muscle. Without experiences of God providing for us in our time of need – how do we know in our knower that He will? Experiences feed our “knower”, which builds our faith for the next time we are in need. Don’t fear what might come in life, let God use it to grow you and help others.
Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the little voice at the end of the day that says I’ll try again tomorrow.
— Mary Anne Radmacher