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Post by shadowlou » Thu Aug 31, 2017 10:32 pm

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We open our hearts to you tonight and ask that you fill our minds and our thoughts with your word. We ask that you reach out to every single person here and for those that could not make it. Lord, this country is in turmoil and it desperately needs your intervention. This world is in a collision course......mankind vs mankind. The greed and the power that people seek is only a noose around their necks waiting to be thrown over a tree. May God intervene and let them see that Lord. Help all that are ill Lord, help us heal according to your will mentally, spiritually and physicially. Let us open our eyes and our ears to what you Lord has given us to grow....your Word. Through Jesus precious name I pray. Amen

It was Igotsunshine's study a week ago on Sunday that gave me the idea of doing a study on courage. She did an excellent study that made me and I hope others really really think. Are we ready for Christ's return? Repentance is a must for salvation but there are times that it takes courage to turn our back on sin and walk away. There are times that we must walk away from those we hold dear because they are holding us down or holding us back from our growth in the Lord. Christian courage is the willingness to say and do the right thing regardless of the earthly cost, because God promises to help you and save you on account of Christ. An act takes courage if it will likely be painful. The pain may be physical, as in war and rescue operations. Or the pain may be mental as in confrontation and controversy.

Courage is indispensable for both spreading and preserving the truth of Christ. Jesus promised that spreading the gospel would meet resistance: "Then they will deliver you to tribulation, and will kill you, and you will be hated by all nations because of My name" (Matthew 24:9). And Paul warned that, even in the church, faithfulness to the truth would be embattled: "I know that after my departure savage wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock; and from among your own selves men will arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away the disciples after them" (Acts 20:29-30; see also 2 Timothy 4:3-4).

Therefore, true evangelism and true teaching will take courage. Running from resistance in evangelism or teaching dishonors Christ. There is a kind of cowardice that tells only the truths that are safe to tell. Martin Luther put it like this:

If I profess with the loudest voice and clearest exposition every portion of the truth of God except precisely that little point which the world and the devil are at that moment attacking, I am not confessing Christ, however boldly I may be professing Christ. Where the battle rages, there the loyalty of the soldier is proved, and to be steady on all the battlefield besides is mere flight and disgrace if he flinches at that point. (Quoted in Parker T. Williamson, Standing Firm: Reclaiming Christian Faith in Times of Controversy [Springfield, PA: PLC Publications, 1996], p. 5)

How many churches are actually teaching the truth or are they changing the WORD to suit their life styles. How many churches are into the fanfare and the beauty of their church but do not preach the whole truth, the glitter is more important to them. Doubt is a very real thing. Would these elaborate churches add to your doubt to their truth that they are preaching. Many churches broadcast over the internet or even the television which is great for those that are unable to attend church. But what are they preaching? Is it all for showmanship?

Their million dollar buildings and glamorous decor leaves an awful taste in my mouth when there are so many needy people in the United States. I attended one church that in front of the church was a beautiful cross made out of logs and a rock garden water falls. It was so pretty and the sound of the water was so soothing, (as long as you went to the bathroom before you came to church that is). But I noticed that I focused more on the waterfall than on the pastor. When it comes to churches, in my opinion, less is more.

Sure we send missionaries to other countries, which is a good thing, but we need more people to reach out to our own countrymen and women and a fancy church would not persuade me to get involved when there are so many without a roof over their heads. When it comes to Christianity, many people have unusual amounts of doubt and skepticism. Much of this is due to misinformation and media hype. Do we have the courage to walk away from these churches? Where then shall we get this courage?

Consider these pointers.

FROM BEING FORGIVEN AND BEING RIGHTEOUS - "The wicked flee when no one pursues, but the righteous are bold as a lion" (Proverbs 28:1). "Seeing their faith, Jesus said to the paralytic, 'Take courage, son; your sins are forgiven'" (Matthew 9:2).

FROM TRUSTING GOD AND HOPING IN HIM - "Be strong and let your heart take courage, all you who hope in the LORD" (Psalm 31:24; see also 2 Corinthians 3:12).

FROM BEING FILLED WITH SPIRIT - "They were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak the word of God with boldness" (Acts 4:31).

FROM GOD'S PROMISE TO BE WITH YOU - "Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous! Do not tremble or be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go" (Joshua 1:9).

FROM KNOWING THAT THE ONE WITH YOU IS GREATER THAN THE ADVERSARY: -"Be strong and courageous . . . for the one with us is greater than the one with him. With him is only an arm of flesh, but with us is the LORD our God to help us and to fight our battles" (2 Chronicles 32:7–8).

FROM BEING SURE THAT GOD IS SOVEREIGN OVER THE BATTLES - "Be strong, and let us show ourselves courageous for the sake of our people and for the cities of our God; and may the LORD do what is good in His sight" (2 Samuel 10:12).

THROUGH PRAYER - "On the day I called, You answered me; You made me bold with strength in my soul" (Psalm 138:3; see also Ephesians 6:19-20).

FROM THE EXAMPLE OF OTHERS - "Most of the brethren, trusting in the Lord because of my imprisonment, have far more courage to speak the word of God without fear" (Philippians 1:14).

Courage-------how much courage did Jesus have to die for us?

Lord help us have the courage to send your Word out to people that need to hear it. To every lost individual who has taken the wrong road, may your Word be a road map to the right direction. May you continue to work in our hearts Lord and continue to help any doubts that we may have disappear and our trust grow each and every day. Through Jesus precious name we pray. Amen.

Closing song: ... lang=en-US

When I am down and oh my soul so weary
When troubles come and my heart burdened be
Then I am still and wait here in the silence
Until you come and sit a while with me
You raise me up, so I can stand on mountains
You raise me up, to walk on stormy seas
I am strong, when I am on your shoulders
You raise me up, to more than I can be
You raise me up, so I can stand on mountains
You raise me up, to walk on stormy seas
I am strong, when I am on your shoulders

Scars reminds us of where we been, does not have to dictate where we are going!! author unknown

Psalms 31:3 For thou art my rock and my fortress; therefore for thy name’s sake lead me, and guide me.

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