Courage in the Lord

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In Matthew Chapter 8, Jesus and His disciples were crossing the Sea of Galilee in a boat. The Sea of Galilee was known for its out-of-the-blue and violent storms. And so as the story goes while Jesus was fast asleep a sudden furious storm came up. The disciples because they were afraid woke Him and asked, “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?” (Mark4:38) Then He arose and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace, be still!” And the wind ceased and there was a great calm. (Mark 4:39) But Jesus said to them, “Why are you so fearful? How is it that you have no faith?” (Mark 4:40)

Now after reading this, we wonder how the disciples associated with Him as they were, could ever have doubted His teaching or His power. And yet after more than 2000 years the same question is quite applicable to us.

To fear or expect trouble and disaster is to create it for ourselves. Just as to ask for and expect God’s care over us, is to create same condition. Thought is the mental food by which we build up and strengthen an idea, regardless of whether the idea is constructive or destructive. Job discovered this law of mental attraction when he said, “The thing that I have feared, has come upon me.” (Job 3:25)

“For God did not give us a spirit of fear but of power and love and of a sound mind.” (2Timothy1:7) We have courage in the Lord for we can do all things through Him who gives us strength. (Philippians 4:13)

Thoughts are real things. And if we are aware of the amount of time and mind power wasted upon ideas of disease, poverty, hatred, revenge, and worry of various kinds, which greatly dissipate the physical vitality, we would be amazed at the natural waste of man’s most precious substance- the power to create for himself whatsoever he might desire.

How to cure fear? Believe in all of God’s promises and obey all of His commands so when you say to your mountains to move, they will obey you and move and be gone right away.

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