Be Strong and Courageous

“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or discouraged because of the king of Assyria and the vast army with him, for there is a greater power with us than with him.” II Chronicles 32:7

Be – All the time. All of you (not just part of you) is to be. An active verb, not a passive one.

Strong – Able to cope, to handle the situation. Moving ahead against all odds. Swimming against the current and making progress.

Courageous – Unworried. Fearless. Confident. Perhaps simply willing. Perhaps shaking in your boots, but still present and obedient.

Don’t be afraid – Let go and trust in God. Breathe in His name. Breathe out the fear. Breathe in His power. Breathe out the fear. Breathe in His peace (as in complete well-being). Breathe out the fear.

Don’t be discouraged – Don’t think it’s too hard. Don’t think it’s not worth it. Don’t be depressed. Don’t think about giving up.

The king of Assyria – Substitute whatever your problem is for the king of Assyria, or substitute the prince of the power of the air (Satan) if there is no pressing issue at the moment.

And the vast army with him – Whatever you substituted in the phrase above has a vast army with it. Remember you can’t stand up against a vast army alone.

There is a greater power with us than with him – There is a greater power with us than with any enemy or problem we face. God is bigger. God is stronger. God is most courageous. Let go and let God. Don’t fight unless God tells you to – remember the many times God told the Israelites to be still, or stand still and see the mighty hand of God at work for them. We have the same God. Relax and simply be God’s instrument.

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