There are over 35 scripture references where God is exhorting us to have COURAGE and CONFIDENCE! I've included them all below! Faith says Leap, whereas fear says linger and meander.
The wicked flee when no man pursueth: but the righteous are bold as a lion.
God speaks into our Spirit, wishing for us to step out, that action where Faith meets furtherance. Blessings are there for us like low hanging fruit, but we have to REACH as He instructs and grab hold.
You know the Lords promptings, don't you?! It's similar to that feeling you had that caused you to go right instead of left, its that unexplainable gut feeling you had, only to later discover it was accurate. It's that happenstance that puts you in the presence of someone meant for you (time & time again until you finally catch on). It's that parallel of signs and alignment, things that are so unique and personal, that nothing can feign them. That is the thumbprint of God, like an image of Him engraved on your life, or a temporary one appearing to get your attention, letting you know, He is there.
When God calls a man into Ministry, it takes great courage! When God calls a sinner into repentance, it takes great courage! A new job to you, might be a soul unsaved that God needs to reach and You are the one. That woman or man God placed in your path just might be the beginning of a new family that will serve Christ. That thing He placed in your heart to do for someone, might be the saving grace they so desperately need. His promptings can range from simple to grand but they all have that same feel, an instant divine inspiration, with an aftertaste of "why didn't I do that?!" or, "I just knew it was right?!" you get to choose.
Gods timing isnt always set up for when you are READY! Sometimes, it's meant to prepare us. There is a famous quote by a well known Entrepreneur (Richard Branson, I believe) which goes something like this, "If you're offered an amazing opportunity and not sure if you can accomplish it, say yes and figure out how to do it later" Gods promptings are always timely, you have a choice to react or retract! Which one do you think pleases God more?!
Listen to Him (john 10:27), try the spirits (1John 4;1) and leap when He tells you (Philippians 4:13)!
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For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.
I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.
Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
"Be strong and courageous, do not be afraid or tremble at them, for the LORD your God is the one who goes with you He will not fail you or forsake you."
For the LORD will be your confidence And will keep your foot from being caught.
Trust in the LORD with all your heart And do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He will make your paths straight.
But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name,
And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.
For thus the Lord GOD, the Holy One of Israel, has said, "In repentance and rest you will be saved, In quietness and trust is your strength." But you were not willing,
and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus,
For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God.
but you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth."
"Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous! Do not tremble or be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go."
'Do not fear, for I am with you; Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, Surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.'
In the fear of the LORD there is strong confidence, And his children will have refuge.
1 John 5:14
This is the confidence which we have before Him, that, if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.
1 Corinthians 15:58
Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your toil is not in vain in the Lord.
The LORD is my light and my salvation; Whom shall I fear? The LORD is the defense of my life; Whom shall I dread?
Cast your burden upon the LORD and He will sustain you; He will never allow the righteous to be shaken.
Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.
"Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.
"If the LORD is pleased with us, then He will bring us into this land and give it to us--a land which flows with milk and honey. "Only do not rebel against the LORD; and do not fear the people of the land, for they will be our prey. Their protection has been removed from them, and the LORD is with us; do not fear them."
"Only be strong and very courageous; be careful to do according to all the law which Moses My servant commanded you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, so that you may have success wherever you go.
1 Samuel 17:32-37
David said to Saul, "Let no man's heart fail on account of him; your servant will go and fight with this Philistine." Then Saul said to David, "You are not able to go against this Philistine to fight with him; for you are but a youth while he has been a warrior from his youth." But David said to Saul, "Your servant was tending his father's sheep. When a lion or a bear came and took a lamb from the flock, read more.
2 Chronicles 32:6-7
He appointed military officers over the people and gathered them to him in the square at the city gate, and spoke encouragingly to them, saying, "Be strong and courageous, do not fear or be dismayed because of the king of Assyria nor because of all the horde that is with him; for the one with us is greater than the one with him.
I will not be afraid of ten thousands of people Who have set themselves against me round about.
For by You I can run upon a troop; And by my God I can leap over a wall.
Some boast in chariots and some in horses, But we will boast in the name of the LORD, our God.
Many are the afflictions of the righteous, But the LORD delivers him out of them all.
Rest in the LORD and wait patiently for Him; Do not fret because of him who prospers in his way, Because of the man who carries out wicked schemes.
For I will not trust in my bow, Nor will my sword save me.
"You felt secure in your wickedness and said, 'No one sees me,' Your wisdom and your knowledge, they have deluded you; For you have said in your heart, 'I am, and there is no one besides me.'
Teach me to do Your will, For You are my God; Let Your good Spirit lead me on level ground.
My soul languishes for Your salvation; I wait for Your word.
Stop regarding man, whose breath of life is in his nostrils; For why should he be esteemed?