Persist & Pursue: Strong and Courageous

January 16, 2022  •  Leave a Comment

Let’s TAKE TWO and ponder this:

Deuteronomy 31:6 ~ Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.

There are times in everyone’s life, where they are frightened and distressed about the future. However, if you have a recording of negative thoughts playing loud and on repeat in your head, you’re not likely to be taking on any FAITHFUL action anytime soon.

Are there challenges that you are afraid to take on because you believe they are impossible or too difficult? Do you think they are insurmountable because you have to work on them by yourself? Do you believe you can OVERCOME your fear & failure?

In the Old Testament, the part of the Bible that tells of life before Jesus came to earth, we are often reminded that God is faithful. At the same time, we’re given lots of evidence that God’s people are not faithful. They lose heart. They fail. They give up.

Yet God is so faithful that He continues PURSUING them at any cost. And that’s where Jesus comes in.

In the New Testament God expects His people to behave differently than they did in the days before Christ arrived. Yes there will be times when we lose heart. We will certainly fail. But despite our shortcomings, we are commanded time and again not to give up. PERSIST and PURSUE HIM!

Here’s a couple scriptures to hold on to:

Let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up ~ Galatians 6:9

God blesses those who patiently endure testing and temptation. Afterward, they will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him ~ James 1:12

Persist & Pursue. Pray God’s promises. Let’s be STRONG and COURAGEOUS. Together.

 


Persist & Pursue: Make a Splash!

January 15, 2022  •  Leave a Comment

 

Take a “two minute” time out and ponder this: JUMP! That’s right. JUMP!

You know that feeling that you have when you are thinking about doing something, but you can’t quite commit? Like a young child that has to be persuaded to take that first jump in the pool, we find ourselves questioning if we should take the risk?

In our social media saturated culture, it is easy to spend our time watching others grow and mature in their faith and love for the Lord, rather than opening our Bibles and being in the Word ourselves. When it comes to being in the word, do you find yourself standing “on a cliff” with your toes dangling over the edge, fearful of taking that first step?

Open my eyes so that I can see all the wonderful things in your teachings. ~ Psalm 110:18 ERV

Fear can prevent us from experiencing the greatest adventure this life will ever offer, knowing Jesus and the grace with which He came to save us. God did not promise an easy life. He said it would take courage and determination to enter eternal life.

When God calls me to dare greatly, I’m going to hang on tight to HIS hand and jump in with both feet. I hope you will, too.

Are you standing on the edge watching others jump in? Will you jump in too? Let’s Persist & Pursue. Let’s jump in and experience God's goodness. Together. Make a splash!

What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived — the things God has prepared for those who love him. ~ 1st Corinthians 2:9