Timidity or Trust?

“Be courageous!

Let us fight bravely for our people and the cities of our God. May the Lord’s will be done.” -1 Chronicles 19:13

Often we find ourselves so fixated on a particular outcome that we become slaves to our own expectations. In this, we open ourselves up to fear of what might happen if things don’t go the way we hope, and can become so timid that we refuse to take risks any more.

When we have absolute trust in God’s perfect will -regardless of circumstance or outcome- we can have absolute confidence in any situation.

When we have confidence in God’s perfect plan -regardless of circumstance or outcome- we are free to risk, free to fail, free to live to the fullest because our life no longer depends on our faith, but on His faithfulness.

Great and Noble

The gray dawn of a momentous day loomed on the horizon as thousands of soldiers prepared themselves for war.

On June 6, 1944, United States Commander-in-Chief Dwight D. Eisenhower delivered these words of challenge and encouragement to the men and women of the U.S. Armed Services and the Allied Expeditionary Forces as they steeled themselves for the brutal fight ahead.

Read them with gratefulness for those who sacrificed so much on your behalf, and let them be an inspiration for you and me to rise up and meet the challenges of our age with the same courage and determination as the generations who have gone before.

(Thanks to Jim Patch for sending this.)

SUPREME HEADQUATERS

ALLIED EXPEDITIONARY FORCES 

Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen of the Allied Expeditionary Force!

You are about to embark upon the Great Crusade, toward which we have striven these many months. The eyes of the world are upon you. The hopes and prayers of liberty-loving people everywhere march with you. In company with our brave Allies and brothers-in-arms on other Fronts, you will bring about the destruction of the German war machine, the elimination of Nazi tyranny over the oppressed peoples of Europe, and security for ourselves in a free world.

Your task will not be an easy one. Your enemy is well trained, well equipped and battle-hardened.

He will fight savagely.

But this is the year 1944! Much has happened since the Nazi triumphs of 1940-41. The United Nations have inflicted upon the Germans great defeats, in open battle, man-to-man. Our air offensive has seriously reduced their strength in the air and their capacity to wage overwhelming superiority in weapons and munitions of war, and placed at our disposal great reserves of trained fighting men. The tide has turned! The free men of the world are marching together to Victory!

I have full confidence in your courage, devotion to duty and skill in battle. We will accept nothing less than full Victory!

Good Luck! And let us beseech the blessing of Almighty God upon this great and noble undertaking.

Ike

Scripture Notes: Psalm 52

“I will trust in Your good name in the presence of Your faithful people…” -Psalm 52:9b

My desire is for a good name for myself and those I love. My hope, however, is not in my own achievements, virtue or reputation, not in my “good name”, but in HIS.
“The name of the Lord is a strong fortress; the godly run to Him and are safe.” -Proverbs 18:10

Scripture Notes: Psalm 27

Fear in relationships comes from a lack of trust in the other. Fear in life comes from a lack of trust in its author.

“The Lord is my light and my salvation – so why should I be afraid?  The Lord is my fortress, protecting me from danger, so why should I tremble?” -Psalm 27:1 (NLT)
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“The one thing I ask of the Lord – the thing I seek most – is to live in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, delighting in the Lord’s perfections and meditating in His temple.” -Psalm 27:4

The greatest joy in life is found in practicing the presence of God.

This, too, is the greatest promise of the life to come, as “God Himself will be WITH them…” -Revelation 21:3b

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