Let’s be strong and of good courage in the rest of our lives.
2. DO IT NOW.
The only way to succeed is to do something. Some worry that they may fail. Well go ahead and fail, but do something.
Mothers are afraid to fail in training their children, cooking and cleaning houses, etc. – so they don’t do anything. Give up the ball games, videos, and music and do something. Why not go from failure to fulfillment by doing something?
Make a start and don’t spend two hours doing your fingernails, but no time on the children or cleaning the house. Or worse yet, don’t spend enough time with God.
I’d rather see a christian try something and fail than never do anything.
3. FEAR NOT.
Don’t be afraid. You need a great task, but don’t fret. Worry means: to split the mind. “A double minded man is unstable (split) in all his ways.”
We fear the “what ifs.” Don’t live from fear to fear – pay check to pay check – day to day, etc. For many decades God has fed me and met my needs, and He will continue to do so.
Some worry so much that they do what they worry about. You are actually going to have happen what you worry about.
4. DON’T BE DISMAYED.
Discourage is the opposite of courage and means cast down – beat down – frustrated – I have had it, etc.
You say, preacher, “I’m dismayed.” Well, be undismayed and keep on going.
Teachers, soul-winners, bus workers, you can’t be dismayed. Don’t get dismayed with your husband, wife children, staff, etc. You want your husband to be like the other guy and if he does not change, you get discouraged.
J.C. Penney was dismayed in the Hospital and thought he was dying when he heard some Christians singing. He walked down the hallway to see what was going on and now he is walking the streets of gold.
Strong, be strong and of good courage and hang in there. He was accused of being back-slidden, but worked day and night to give us the Strong’s (Exhaustive) Concordance.
5. TRUST IN THE LORD.
The Lord, my Lord will be with you and will not fail you nor forsake you but will keep you to the finish.