4.14.2015

Be Brave


As humans, we can be easily intimidated.

Life scares us.

Circumstances happen and we panic.
People hurt us.
Fear lurks in corners of our spirits and minds.
Why?

Because we let it.

Now lets look at the other side of the spectrum.
As Christians, we are not of this world.
Life is controlled by a holy and sovereign God.
Circumstances happen for a reason; with a purpose.
People are in our lives to teach us many different lessons.

And fear has no hold on us.

For God has NOT given us a spirit of fear.  But of power, of love, and of a sound mind.
- 1 Timothy 1:7

Listen to how much potential that verse holds.

In a later passage, Paul tells Timothy that God has 'called us with a holy calling'.  And with such a calling, fear has no place and should have no privilege.

It's a struggle - to live without fear.  In this dark world, sin has a habit of slithering its way into every second of our days.  This is why we must always be on the alert.  To be steadfast.  Not only to keep sin from entering, but to confront it.  To be brave.

We think of this bravery as something attainable.  Something we need to work for, work towards, and someday reach.  But the truth is that we are brave.  We live and breathe the power of bravery.  We must only act out on that form of being.  We must exercise it.  We must remind our own timid hearts that they were not created to be shy.  But great.  Wondrous.  God wants to shine through us and touch others with His love.

He desires us to be brave.

He wants to manifest His power and greatness through us.  What an awesome thought.

Who should you fear?
Who should you be afraid of?

You have salvation and a stronghold in the Creator of a million galaxies.  He is on your side.  You are on His.  He already won this war.  The battle of fear that you are facing is already claimed.  We are victorious.

Be brave.

This post was originally published by Raquel on Brave.

8 comments:

  1. Beautiful, and so true. Healthy fear is one thing, but all too often we find ourselves giving into an absolute fear which serves as a hindrance to who and what we could become. Wise words here, Raquel!

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    1. Thank you, Fisti. Indeed, there is such a thing as healthy fear or a healthy respect of something dangerous...but it can be a hindrance.

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  2. Raquel, I always love your posts. This one especially hit so close to home. It's no coincidence that the Bible repeatedly tells us to "fear God". Ultimately, God is the only person we should fear and yet even God has reconciled us to Himself in Jesus Christ and called us to come boldly before Him, drawing us near as His children. He is on our side!

    Like you said, being brave isn't about obtaining something we don't have. It's about living in the reality of our God's awesome power and love. :)

    a vapor in the wind

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    1. Thank you so much, Danielle. And amen to everything you said.

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  3. I love this post, and especially the verse from 1 Timothy. I think we sometimes let fear get in the way of being brave.
    Thanks for this reminder today!
    -Lauren <3
    lovingourcreator.blogspot.com

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    1. Indeed. You're welcome. Thank you for your comment.

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