(Always Be Strong And Courageous!)
By Pastor Chris Oyakhilome
TO THE BIBLE: “Strength! Courage! You are going to lead this people to inherit the land that I promised to give their ancestors. Give it everything you have, heart and soul. Make sure you carry out The Revelation that Moses commanded you, every bit of it. Don’t get off track, either left or right, so as to make sure you get to where you’re going.” (Joshua 1:6-7 MSG)
Linda was going through some very unpleasant experiences: her family was in a financial crisis; her younger brother had been kicked out of school; and as if that wasn’t enough, she recently lost a dear friend. She felt so overwhelmed by all that was happening that she almost gave up her faith in God.
It’s the same for some Christians today; when faced with challenging situations, they’re left with the choice to either cave in or respond with the right attitude of faith. When the Apostle Paul faced trying times, he didn’t grumble, complain, become discouraged, or blame God for what was happening to him. Instead, he chose to see those trials as times of training, preparing and equipping him with the ability to help others in their times of trouble.
Now, that’s the winning attitude—the attitude of faith! He looked away from the problem and instead embraced the comfort of God’s Spirit (2 Corinthians 4:17).
This should be your attitude too as a child of God! Don’t allow any hurtful or unpleasant experience to overwhelm you; always be hopeful and courageous, and you’ll come out victoriously, no matter what comes your way.
Go Deeper: 1 John 4:4; 1 John 5:4
Speak: I’m an overcomer in Christ, and therefore, no matter the challenges that may come my way, I come out victorious in Jesus’ Name!
Daily Bible Reading: ONE YEAR 1 Thessalonians 1-2:1-16, Isaiah 35-37
TWO YEAR John 5:19-27, 1 Kings 19
Act: Meditate on Romans 8:28: “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.”