Do the thing.... In His Word 8-19-19

Dailies ~ In His Word -8/19/19

Do the thing! You’ve got this!

Watch ye, stand fast in the faith, do manfully, and be strengthened. Let all your things be done in charity. 1 Corinthians 16:13
Or to paraphrase; Watch out, be sure that you stand in the faith and you will gain strength from God. Make sure everything you do is done in love!
Sometimes things come railing at us, we can do nothing but run; God’s Word says we can do more; we can stand fast in the faith and the strength in His Word!  We can be sure that the Word will strengthen our resolve as much as we can be sure that God will be there for us when we need Him. I other words as we have faith in Him to provide, help, health, or direction so will God see our bravery.
Standing fast is being brave, strong in Faith and trusting God to do it! So whatever we are praying for, or that is coming at us, if we stand firm on the Truth in His Word then we will come out of it victorious.
There are a lot of things that can build our faith, as they say. We can read our Bible, listen to praise and worship music, we can spend time praying, gathering together with other believers or alone. We can share our faith with others by telling others what God has done, which also increases our faith and trust in God because it reminds us that He has done it before, come through for us, and He will do it again!
This summer while walking on a trail that was rougher than I had thought it would be, right after a steep climb in stairs, during a long day to start with, I was ready to stop and go back to get a ride to my car some how. Instead I thought about the water at the end of the trail. I thought of the refreshing coolness I would plunge into at the end… of the rugged walk. Sweat dripped as the short walk turned into a couple of thousand steps on a pedometer. The water turned out to not be the best swim spot and our time took so much longer that we had to head back quickly. It was beautiful scenery on the way down. Though I stubbed my foot into a rock and a log and at least one other walk, my friends husband pulled out a chair she had been carrying and allowed me to sit for a moment on the way down. I was able to put my feet in the water for a few minutes and that cooled me down enough that on the way back I could keep going up the incline.  I was amazed at the way the cooling had helped my achy legs to feel better.
Still the incline was more than a little walk and my mind kept fighting me to keep a good attitude… lets face it I can be a real baby over things like this. One thing kept coming to my mind when I was ready to give up and ask for help and a ranger to come and get me… “the joy of the Lord is my strength” and “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” ! that’s two scriptures but one thing, the Word of God!
I had planned to have a ride from the paved area at the top to the cars where we had parked outside the park we were at. Just as we arrived at the spot I would have waited I decided to keep going. I can do this! I told myself, and I continued on to the beautiful bridge over the water than runs to the magnificent Burney Falls, I relished in the fact that I had not fallen as I was ready to walk up a steep incline again. One that for three years treks I had needed help on, I went up it on my own strength! Well mine and the Lord’s! 

I got to the top and shouted out “Whoo hooo! THANK YOU JESUS I made it!” 
People around me looked at me quizzically. They had no idea the battle that went on inside my mind that day. I was ready to give up and I found a way to stay strong. I plugged on and got to my car, drank some no longer iced but cold coffee I had in it and drove back to our waiting dinner.  It was great!
Sometimes it’s a matter of remembering to stand fast in the truth that God is with us wherever we go, even on the trails in the wilderness He will bring us through; if we put our trust in Him to do so!
Be brave today, be strong! For the Lord our God is with you wherever you go!
Heavenly Father, thank you for giving us strength in You. Help us to plug on through the day no matter how much longer it seems to us…in Jesus’ name, amen.

Suggested reading: 1 Corinthians 16:1-24, Philippians 4:1-23, and Luke 1:1-80