Living in God’s Promises Bravely

Bravery, courage, strength.
These traits are rarely about doing what is comfortable or easy. They are most often about overcoming, dealing with a tough situation, making the best out of seemingly impossible circumstances, and continuing to move forward in spite of exhaustion. Weathering the storm builds strength, a strength we cannot see until long after the storm has passed.
A search on provides eleven matches (in the NIV) for “strong and courageous”. Sometimes these words of edification addressed an individual, other times a group. Most also contain the words “do not be afraid or discouraged” for God “will never leave or forsake
you”. While these books were not written specifically for us in our time, the encouraging promise still rings true. God keeps every promise He makes – both in the affirmative and the negative. He always keeps His end of the bargain. I don’t know about you, but I’d much rather receive blessings than curses. I’d rather be a little uncomfortable sometimes in this life, than for an eternity. Here is a paraphrase of God’s promises, just for you:
Wow! What promises! God asks only for our trust and obedience. In return, He takes care of EVERYTHING!
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