The United States of America is entering a new chapter. For actually a few years, I have had the sense that the United States was going to enter a time of difficulty. I believe that the time of difficulty has now begun. Recent events have thrown my workplace into upheaval. Really, the entire country and, to some extent, the world, are in a place of uncertainty. There is a culture of animosity right now in the United States. At certain points, all of these events have been a lot to take in emotionally. I’ve been surrounded by them from morning to evening. I felt so weak and drained. Then, I felt the Lord telling me to live courageously. He confirmed this as every song that came on the radio seemed to echo the theme of courage and bravery! No matter where you are, YOU are being called to live courageously.
What does it mean to live courageously?
Living courageously means keeping your center on JESUS even when the world has gone crazy.
Living courageously means being PEACE in a world where anger and negativity is rampant.
Living courageously means walking HUMBLY with God even when you are surrounded by darkness and ego on every side.
Living courageously means casting out fear and replacing it with LOVE.
Living courageously means speaking up for JUSTICE for those who are voiceless.
Living courageously means RELIANCE on Jehovah-Jireh (God the Provider) when you don’t have a paycheck and wonder how you will pay the bills, or when you don’t know if you will soon have a paycheck.
Living courageously means being a sign of HOPE to others even when you feel weighed down by the burdens of your life and the world.
Living courageously means being a person of PRAISE as the storm rages all around you.
Living courageously means TRUSTING in God when all stability is pulled out from under you.
Living courageously means picking up your shield of FAITH and the sword of the Spirit, the WORD OF GOD and knowing they are your weapons.
Living courageously means staying in a place of PRAYER in a world that distracts and fills us with noise.
Living courageously means knowing that God’s POWER is made perfect in your WEAKNESS. (2 Cor. 12:9)
Are you ready to live courageously? It will not be easy, friends. Thankfully we have our perfect Heavenly Father to fight for us, His Son who endured every temptation that we do (without giving in), and the Holy Spirit who permeates every darkness and every fiber of our being. Let’s go!
It’s time to live courageously.