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In life we are faced with so many challenges that make it almost impossible to go on. I think about how many times in the past that I wanted to run from different life issues. It’s like the more you live the more you face problems and challenges that seem to be so over whelming. Well there is one thing that I have learned no matter what and that is to never lose courage. It’s very easy to just throw in the towel when things seem tough. I think we do this a lot because we lose the ability to be confident in what could be a great outcome. So my power thought to you this week is, “DON’T GIVE AWAY YOUR CONFIDENCE.”  Your very ability to be confident gives you a fifty percent chance to conquer whatever is in front of you. This is why it’s the first thing you must hold on to no matter what. Because confidence means the belief in power and trustworthiness of a person or thing.  Your confidence in God will give you the kind of staying power that will help you not back down from any challenges in life.

But you must be careful of things that can break your confidence and cause you to look elsewhere for directions and answers. Keep in mind that you have things in life that can mess with your ability to stay courageous and here are three things that can break your confidence:

  1. FEAR
  • FEAR IS THE OPPOSITE  OF FAITH
  • THE ENEMY WANTS YOU TO FEAR THAT GOD WON’T DO WHAT HE PROMISED  HE WOULD DO IN YOUR LIFE
  • SPEAK TO YOUR FEARS AND OVERCOME THEM, DON’T ALLOW IT TO DWELL IN YOUR LIFE
  1. TIME
    1. PATIENCE IS KEY (LET PATIENCE HAVE IT’S PERFECT WORK) NOBODY WANTS TO WAIT ON THE VICTORY WE WANT INSTANT SATISFACTION NOW
    2. WHEN WE DON’T SEE IT WE BEGAN TO LOOSE “HOPE” AND BEGAN TO DOUBT, MURMUR AND COMPLAIN
    3. BIBLE SAYS PATIENCE IS A “VIRTUE” MEANING = effective force; power or potency
      1. i.      YOUR VERY ABILITY TO WAIT MAKES YOU A FORCE TO BE REKONED WITH!
      2. ATMOSPHERE
        1. WE ARE A PRODUCT OF OUR SURROUNDINGS
        2. ANYTIME A MAN OF GOD WAS DOING BAD GOD WOULD COMMAND THAT THEY CHANGE THEIR ATMOSPHERE (i.e. DAVID IN THE CAVE, ELISHA UNDER THE JUNIPER TREE, MOSES IN THE DESSERT)
        3. ATMOSPHERE IS NOT ONLY GEOGRAPHIC BUT IT’S ALSO MENTAL INPUT (i.e. MUSIC, FRIENDS, RELATIONSHIP, TAKING A DIFFERENT ROUTE HOME)

** IF YOU DON’T CHANGE WHAT YOU DO, THEN WHAT HAPPENS TO YOU WILL NEVER CHANGE.**

WHEN FACED WITH THE CHALLENGE ASK THREE THINGS:

  1. WHERE DOES THIS CHALLENGE GET IT’S POWER
    1. ALWAYS LOOK AT THE SOURCE OF THE PROBLEM USUALLY YOU WILL FIND THAT IN WEAKNESS PROBLEMS ARISE
    2. PEOPLE WHO ARE BULLYS ARE USUALLY SUFFERING FROM LOW SELF-ESTEEM
    3. FINANCIAL DELIMAS ARE USUALLY MINOR DETAILS OF SPENDING THAT WE JUST REFUSED TO LOOK AT (IE LIGHTS, CELL PHONES, TAX BREAKS, BUDGET)
    4. WHO IS RESPPONSIBLE FOR MEETING THIS CHALLENGE
      1. SOME CHALLENGES AREN’T YOURS TO TAKE ON  … EVEN IF YOU “FEEL” LIKE IT IS
      2. BIBLE SAYS, “LET THE LORD FIGHT YOUR BATTLE”
      3. SPEAKING ON EVERYTHING MEANS HAVING TO HAVE THE ANSWER FOR EVERYTHING, WHICH IS JUST NOT POSSIBLE
      4. ALSO IF CAN PIN POINT WHO’S RESPONSIBLE YOU CAN ALLOW THAT PERSON TO CLEAR IT UP.
      5. WHEN I WIN WHAT DO I GAIN
        1. THERE IS REWARD FOR GREAT COURAGE AND FIGHT
        2. GREAT THINGS COME FROM SACRIFICE AND HARD WORK
        3. DAVID KNEW THAT THERE WAS A REWARD FOR KILLING GOLIATH IT WASN’T JUST TO DO THE WILL OF GOD

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