Posts Tagged courage

Arise and Walk by Pastor Melissa Scott

Looking northward on a clear day you can see snowcapped Mount
Hermon, to the west of Damascus. Southward, you would see the
uplands of Samaria and Jerusalem, which was only a fort in that day.

Eastward was the land he had already given to Lot. Looking westward,
were you to climb one of the mountains, you could see the Mediterranean
and the plains of Sharon, clear down to the coast.

“For all the land which thou seest, to thee will I give it, and to thy
seed for ever. And I will make thy seed as the dust of the earth: so that
if a man can number the dust of the earth, then shall thy seed also be
numbered. Arise....” Circle that word, “Arise, walk through the land....”
Circle that word walk; “in the length of it and in the breadth of it; for I
will give it unto thee.”

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John 16:33 – Courage by Pastor Melissa Scott

Now turn to John 16:33; this is getting repetitious, isn’t it? That is the point. “In the world ye shall have tribulation.” If you listen to a lot of preaching today, you would find that hard to believe. For the last several years, audiences have gathered around spokesmen of a new kind of “gospel.” It is all going to be rosy and cheery, everything is going to get better; and, if you stay in God’s will, you are not going to have  any problems. But piercing through all that rosy glow is Jesus’ last message to His disciples.

 Here He is telling them the devastating news: they are going be left alone; they are going to fail Him; they are even going to forsake Him. He wants them to have peace, and in the same paragraph, He says, “In the world ye shall have tribulation.” Will you let me say it to you again? “In the world ye shall have tribulation”: that is never going to change. If you keep looking for magic, you are going to miss Him.

If you follow Jesus, He said, “In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good courage .” Please circle the word and write it in the margin of your Bible again, courage.

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