Fearless Courage: Why I Wrote 31 Days

“What do you ‘want’?”

It has been a clarifying question that I have been hearing the Lord ask my heart lately (and I wrote about it here and most recently in a small series that begins here).

But my answer a month ago to this question led to me to this write31days series.

 

“I want time in Your Word, in Your Presence, and to hear Your voice everyday and THEN I want to DO with it what You call me to.

That’s my want: You, You, and You, and to pour You out!

I want to truly RECEIVE You and Your love in a way that makes me BRAVE and unafraid to do Your will.

The fear of man is a snare, it lays a snare (Prov. 29:25), and I so readily fall into that snare,

BUT (so here’s the answer to that fear of man)
whoever TRUSTS in the Lord is safe

He is a shield to those who take refuge in Him (Prov. 30:5).”

 

 

I desire

To be able to stand firm because I stand on this heart knowledge of the truth and joy of being LOVED and then do ministry from that platform of strength (which is written about here).

To BE in a place that because I know and receive and TRUST the Father’s love and have My focus on eternity (rather than on the here and now), I can speak bold truth in that love, not afraid of man, ‘my inner critic’, nor the enemy’s voice that sometimes whispers (but most often shouts), ‘Who do you think you are?’ along with the threat, ‘People will only hate and reject you.’

 

Oh, to be made bold with strength in my soul! (Ps 138:3) and to live with Paul’s attitude of full abandonment “according to my earnest expectation and hope, that I will not be put to shame in anything, but that with all boldness (by fearless courage), Christ will even now, AS ALWAYS, be exalted in my body, whether by life or death” Phil. 1:20.

 

And because truly basking in the Father’s love is the answer and because I need it, the idea of this series emerged and day 1 and 2 of the 31 days were written.

 

Ps. 27:3
“Though a host encamp against me,
My heart will not fear;
Though war arise against me,
In spite of this I shall be confident.”…..

…..because He loves me, and He gives me fearless courage and makes me bold with strength in my soul as I call out and depend upon Him.

 

Oh Lord, make us BRAVE.

May we hear and DO (act upon) Your truth (Luke 4:46-48, 8:21, James 1:22)

and KNOWING You (through a true knowledge of You-2 Peter 1:3),

go do exploits (display strength and TAKE ACTION -Dan. 11:32b).

 

“..fulfill your ministry.” 2 Tim. 4:5

 

(I was reminded of this yesterday as I read Luke 4, and wrote about that here.)

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Who Are We Serving?

 

The devil led Jesus up “and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time. And the he said to Jesus, I will give you all this domain and its glory: for it has been handed over to me, and I give it to whomever I wish. Therefore if You worship before me, it shall all be Yours.”

And “Jesus answered him, ‘It is written, “You shall worship the Lord your God and serve Him only“‘” Luke 4:5,6,7,8.

 

Oh, to serve Him only!

If this is our sole purpose, He will have us serving PEOPLE well because He LOVES people.

We will serve people much better than when we try to serve them (in our fear of them and what they might think).

 

May we ALL find our bold confidence in Him (Ps. 138:3), SERVE Him, and rise up and DO all the ‘beyonds’ (Eph. 3:20) that He has prepared in advance for us to do (Eph. 2:10).

Go fulfill your ministry (2 Tim. 4:5).

 

Me and you, IN Him and His strength and ability.

Let’s worship and serve Him and thereby just become Lights who are so needed in the darkness.

 

Go. Shine. In boldness. And Strength.

 

Today as I read this answer of Jesus to the devil’s temptations, I was reminded of why I wrote the 31 days and what gave me the ‘go ahead courage’ (which I will share in the next post).

 

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Rest in His Presence

“O send out Your light and Your truth, let them lead me;
Let them bring me to Your holy hill
And to Your dwelling places.” Ps 43:3

His light and His truth always leads us to Him.

 

So today, this final day, is your turn again. And may I suggest that you even make these next 31 days your turn. Would you make a plan to set aside time each day in His Word and in prayer and get down on paper the truth that He reveals to your heart? What truth is He calling you to walk out in, to believe Him for, to trust Him and rest in? Let Him show you.

Today ask Him to remind you of the common thread of truth that He has been impressing upon your heart these last 31 days. And decide that you will not only mentally believe it, but you will believe it by acting on it.

 

From the Father’s Heart for you today:

 

I will not allow you to be happily content living with less than the abundant life (John 10:10) of victory and freedom that I have for you. So my zealous, zealous love, yes, may guard your life in hard, uncomfortable ways. But for My glory and your JOY.

 

I want to release My people from where they have been far too easily pleased and call them to a righteousness and purity (that I provide, it’s not hard, earned, or a result of striving, just received and WALKED in!) because this is where all that you long for and look for in ‘other things’ will come, in walking according to My righteousness, in VICTORY over sin and compromise, and in purity of heart and holiness.

 

Let’s just sit for a long while. Resist the small voice that lies to you that that is selfish. It is not, and you will become more and more of who I have called and designed you to be by resting here in My Presence.

Come.

I am not confusing. If you find yourself confused, keep seeking My face and loving Me with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength.

Come.

And keep coming daily. Know the truth of My Word and live accordingly.

 

“Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling, and to make you stand in the presence of His glory blameless with great joy, to the only God our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen.” Jude 1:24,25

 

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Flee the Voice of Strangers

From the Father’s Heart for you today:

 

My sheep know My voice. I call them by name and they follow (John 10:4,5,27).

You are not just part of the ‘flock’ and therefore only get My attention as I direct everyone as a whole.

No, I know you by name, knowing just what YOU need and how YOU need to be led.

Let Me lead. Follow.

I love you, not just because I love My children and you just happen to be one of them.

No, I love YOU.

YOU.

And I am not ‘unmoved’ by that love. Receive.

 

Receive the full measure of My love and care, My loving kindness, My faith, My hope. Receive. And put it to use.

May you fight for and from that place of knowing your real identity.

Battle.

Don’t give in to the powers of darkness, to the world system that is vying for your attention.

For your ‘rest’ will only be found in believing in and trusting My word of truth.

Know My Word and flee from ‘the voice of strangers’ (John 10:5).

 

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Dig Deeper

 

From the Father’s Heart for you today:

 

Dig deeper. And then deeper still.

“Is not My Word like fire? And like a hammer which shatters a rock?” Jer. 23:29

It is sharper than ANY two-edged sword, piercing and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart (Heb. 4:12) and effective for reproof, correction, and training in righteousness (2 Tim 3:16).

Effective. Period. Know it and use it. My Word can pulverize unbelief and annihilate fears. Use it. Use the truth and overcome.

 

I am not the last hope. I Am all hope, the first and the last, the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end.

And the way up is down. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and then you will be lifted up. All praise to My great name.

My name is a strong tower, and the righteous run into it and is safe (Prov. 18:10). I am not weak, nor is My arm too short to save (Is 59:1).

Run. Go deeper and deeper still. And find that I am fully trustworthy and mighty to save to the uttermost (Is. 63:1b, Heb. 7:25).

You are crowned. See it. Feel it. Let it change your posture. Find your worth in Me and in Me alone. You have it and need not search for it anywhere else or in anything else. Live accordingly. Walk in a manner worthy. ‘Think’ accordingly. And wear it proudly in gracious humility.

Step up. Dig deeper. Aim higher. I am before you and behind and have laid My hand upon you. You are Mine.

Ps 139.

 

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Shine the Light of Truth

 

From the Father’s Heart for you today:

You are the light of the world (Matt. 5:14)

 And light dispels darkness. It is just the ‘natural quality’ of light. 

So as you let your light shine, it does not leave things just as they are in the dark.

The ‘critters’ that lurk ‘in the dark’ run for cover when the light comes on.

Do that for people!

 

Shine. Don’t hide My truth away, leaving people tormented and ‘bothered’ by all that thrives in darkness. Even though they may try to hide it, they want help.

 

Shine the light of truth into needy lives. There are many who will not even know that they have been struggling or tormented until they are set free and ‘see’ what freedom looks and feels like.

 

It will be as if a light switch came on and there is POWER and HOPE and strength in their core, accompanied by JOY.

So spread My JOY, MY people. In My Presence is fullness of joy (Ps. 16:11).

Receive My truth and proclaim it from the rooftops: that I Am. I have come to heal the brokenhearted, to bind up wounds.

Receive My healing, and go heal.

Darkness cannot hide, and darkness cannot withstand!

Be a light unto the world and SHINE for My glory and fame (Matt. 5:15,16).  Don’t hide it.

 

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Come

If it is You, command me to come…. Matt. 14:26-29

 

From the Father’s Heart for you today:

 

Take courage. It is I; do not be afraid. Come! (Matt.14:27, 29)

Come and do exploits because you know Me (Dan 11:32b). Do not hold to a form of godliness and yet deny its power (2 Tim. 3:5).

Come and partake. The invitation is always open. All that I have, I give. I am always here. Initiate (James 4:8). Seek Me, and I will found. I am waiting and WORKING, working and WAITING. And so can you.

Rest and allow Me to renew your strength. Rest.

 

Give yourself quiet space so that you can hear what I’m saying and speaking to you always.

Listen so that you can dream the dreams that I have shed abroad in your heart, for your good, to touch people, and for My glory.

Go shine. And glorify My Name among My people.

 

Be a fan of the followers of God.

Champion one another on. With the love that I have freely given you, lavish it on others. Cheer one another on.

 

-Who needs your encouragement today?

-Who comes to mind as a ‘follower of God’ in your life that you can cheer for? Followers of God become followed (leaders). Go build up other leaders.

-And what will you do today to carve out time for quietness so that you can hear God speak to your heart?

 

Hear Him say, “Come”.

 

“Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you.” (James 4:8)

What a fascinating concept! That we can initiate with God (because He is always calling us). May we not neglect it.

Draw near today.

“When You said, ‘Seek My face,’ my heart said to You,
‘Your face, O Lord, I shall seek.'” Ps. 27:8

 

 

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A Clarifying Question

 

Woe to you when all men speak well of you, for their fathers used to treat the false prophets in the same way. But I say to you who hear, love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat (revile) you.” Luke 6:26,27

Jesus said of us, “They are not of the world (worldly, belonging to the world), [just] as I am not of the world. Sanctify them [purify, consecrate, separate them for Yourself, make them holy] by truth: Your Word is truth. Just as You have sent Me into the world, I also have sent them into the world.” John 17:16,17,18 AMP

 

From the Father’s Heart for you today:

 

Let Me ask you a clarifying, pointed question:

“Is ‘this world’ championing you on in your ‘godly pursuits’? Or is that what you are looking for, the encouragement and applause of the world?”

Then hear the clarity of My Word: “..all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will be persecuted” (2 Tim. 3:12) and hated by this world (John 17:14); “….. do you not know that friendship with the world is hostility towards God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God” (James 4:4).

 

Yes, I know those are hard words, but ask Me about that truth and why that is. Let Me show and convict you. And then decide who you will follow, listen to, try to please and therefore obey.

 

Be Holy. Follow Me.

Go where I lead.

 

“The fear of man brings a snare,
But he who trusts in the Lord will be exalted.” Prov. 29:25

 

Mark 8:36 “For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world, and forfeit his soul?”