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"Stand Firm"


"Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be men of courage; be strong." 1 Corinthians 16:13

2 Timothy 1:7 tells me, “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” Any fear I feel is not from Him; He doesn’t give us fear — ever. At times like these when fear floods in, we have to remember: Courage is not a feeling. Courage is a noun, the strength to go forward even in the face of fear.

One of the Hebrew words for courage is ruah, which can mean “breath of God” and can be used to describe God’s creative activity. Just as He did in Genesis 1, God is creating something out of nothing in you and me. Alone, we don’t possess confidence, courage or bravery. He forms this fortitude where there has been a void, where it’s never existed before. He is very good at making something out of nothing.

That is what I am praying for today — courage for me and for you as we purpose in our hearts to stand firm on God's truth in a time when His Word is despised and rejected.

Much love and care, Pastor Pat


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