Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Have Courage!

Rosa knew about frightening things. Her mom remarried three years after Rosa’s dad left them. Rosa grew to love her step-dad and stepsister. Just when they seemed like a real family, crisis struck again. Rosa’s mom was diagnosed with a disease that would eventually confine her to a wheelchair. Rosa’s own faith wavered, but in the coming weeks she learned about courage and trust from watching her parents. They stood true to what they believed: that God was good ALL the time, that he’d allowed this for a purpose, that he had everything under control, and they could trust him. No matter what.

God wouldn’t command you to do something unless he was willing to help you do it. During a crisis or difficult time, simply “standing firm” doesn’t sound like much to accomplish, but it is. Satan will try to knock you down, but keep on standing. Say over and over—out loud—“God loves me, and I can trust him.” Do it as long as it takes to build your faith up. God will move when he knows the time is right, when he’s accomplished his purpose in the situation. “Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.” (Psalm 27:14 TNIV) When life is hard, lean even harder on the Lord. He’ll never let you down.

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