Intimacy with Jesus: Being Strong and Courageous
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.”
It is an important fact to know, you can’t be all that intimate with Jesus if you don’t believe in your situation that it is possible to be strong and courageous. In part, being strong and courageous is a state of the spirit, heart, and mind; and then there are those souls where it is a matter of being either chemically balanced or imbalanced. The God of Grace and Comfort knows exactly who those souls are. Still, in our weakness- The Great Paradox- it is possible, as we enter the land of God’s Will, to be strengthened and made courageous. I don’t know how many times Joshua faced death, but each time- he chose to be strong and courageous. Joshua was intimate with I AM.
How do we move from fear to being strong and courageous? Jesus- unparalleled to all men of courage- was and is the strongest and most courageous” “who for the Joy set before Him endured the cross despised its shame” to enter The Land of Promise- Eternal Life.
So, one way to move forward in strength and courage is to ponder, reflect on, and embrace “fixing your eyes on Jesus.”
What does that mean? It means that Jesus’ strength and valour becomes ever increasingly ours as we put Him and the Holy Spirit’s Word- the Holy Bible- first and at the center of our lives. We keep our eyes fixed on Jesus the Omnipresent Son of God.
Believer- the Holy Spirit is waiting to empower you to be like Jesus. He is waiting for your trust to make you a Gospel-Preaching Joshua to this generation. He wants to make your life a message.
Do you know Jesus’ Perfect Love? The Bible tells us “Perfect love casts out fear.” Knowing His immeasurable, immense, and unmovable love makes us Strong and Courageous in each and every one of our “Weaknesses.” Paul said, “when I am weak, then I am strong.” That’s intimacy with Jesus.
“Be.” Be strong & courageous believer. “Be.” Be on the move believer in and walking upon the promises of God in the New-Covenant- “the Land of Promise” going from Victory to Victory. “Be.” “Be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” Allow God the Holy Spirit to transform yo our of fear and failure to being full of faith and attaining His future for you. Courage, Faith, Victory, and Strength are all an Act of God as you rely on Him and choose to be Courageous and Strong in Him. AMEN! Walk never again out of the old attitudes of your old nature- “the flesh”- rather, “if you walk by the Spirit you shall live”- really live.