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Courageous Faith


"Faith is facing reality without being discouraged by it."

Read that again

"Faith is facing reality without being discouraged by it."

They are not my words, but the words of Rick Warren

that pierced my heart with such power

reminding me that

Faith is courage~

Faith is doing what you don't want to do, and doing what He tells you to do

despite what your reality is

in the moment.

Faith is courage

because it moves you beyond

what is

to

Who is

Hope

Peace

Joy

love...

Those four "Christian-ese" words

that roll off the tongue so easily

as it is

all we really want

&

all that we really need

especially

when we may have to

face a reality

that we wish wasn't the reality

that we may be facing right now.

What is your "reality" today?

Whatever it may be,

good or not so good

we all need

Faith~

Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. Hebrews 11:1

Faith takes courage

to take a step

forward

to

the

Hope

that

we don't see

because

hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what they already have? Romans 8:24

Hmm...

so if I don't have

or

if you don't have

what you really want to have

then

Hope

is our only option...

But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently. Romans 8:25

Faith + Hope = Courage

..and

Courage

is

what

moves ones forward in the middle of wait

because

Courage

is

Faithfully

clinging to

His Hope

His Peace

His Joy

His Love

when reality is dark & gloomy

when reality is bright and sunny

because

what we see

what we feel

here & now

is not

what our

True Reality

really is

for

We don’t yet see things clearly. We’re squinting in a fog, peering through a mist. But it won’t be long before the weather clears and the sun shines bright! We’ll see it all then, see it all as clearly as God sees us, knowing Him directly just as He knows us!

But for right now, until that completeness, we have three things to do to lead us toward that consummation:

Trust steadily in God,

hope unswervingly,

love extravagantly. I Corinthians 13:12-13 MSG

Faith + Hope = Courage

Faith is looking discouragement right in the eyes~

So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. 2 Corinthians 4:18

with our eyes

fixed on the

Unseen~

because of the

One who has

Courageously

gone before us

so that

we can

courageously

face

whatever reality

may come our way.

So let's

Put Courage into our Story

by

Putting

our

Hope

in the

One

who is writing

our Story

Faith + Hope = Courage


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