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God has given us The Bible for a reason.  This is the living breathing alive active powerful Word of God that reveals who God is and what God does and what God likes and what God is doing.  Not just at the big picture level but to you personally.

 

Live like everything you read in the Bible is true. Doubt your doubts. You won’t regret it.  – Carey Nieuwhof

 

To grow in courage you have got to get this book inside you – you’ve got to read it and let it inspire you.

Put yourself in their shoes….   When goliath faced the giant, he didn’t know the end of the story, he was just a teenager with courage to believe that if God said He would win he would win.    When Moses split the red sea, he didn’t know the end of the story, he was just an old man with a stick got said lift up.  When the little boy brought his lunch to Jesus he thought maybe just the disciples might get a snack, he didn’t know the end of the story, that his lunch box fed 20000 people.  When Shadrach, Mesach and Abendago said no way will we bow down to a false god, they didnt know the end of the story and that they would walk with Jesus in the fire.   They are humans, like you and me.  What got them in the book is their faith and courage, they chose to step out and let God step in.

Getting familiar with The Bible feeds your faith and faith is the key that unlocks adventure.  You get stirred to believe in a great God who does extraordinary things with ordinary people.

 

As you step out into new things remind your heart of the times when God has come through for you.  Turn up the testimonies and let them stir your heart to have courage to face the new opportunities.  God is the same today, yesterday and tomorrow.  He has gone before you, is beside you and is there to give you a push behind you!

 

Motivational speaker Jim Rohn famously said that we are the average of the five people we spend the most time with.

Now I’m not suggesting you quit your job or your family or anything because you look around and don’t like what you see…. Or that you defriend people in real life…  But we can have a measure of say about the people who are closest to us and who have permission to speak into our lives.

I remember being in my early 20s and a couple of friends told me to stop being so spiritual.  I was like “seriously!”  I don’t think so!  I had already had to make that choice when I first became a Christian – I hung out with some kids that came to youth group, but they weren’t living it.  Instead they were into surfing and binge drinking.  After a few months I felt like I was in the middle of a tug of wall, I’d take 2 steps forwards with God but then they would pull me back.  I had a big decision to make.  I knew that God was real and I wanted to live to please Him, but I couldn’t do it in that social group.

Proverbs 13:20 He that walks with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed.

This year God is calling us to step out of the boat and do awesome things – and we need people who are going to encourage us and call out the gold and potential, not who are going to pull us down or tell us that we cant do that.   We are called to live holy lives and we need to surround ourselves with people who stoke the fire.

We need to hang out with people who throw water on the fires of our fears and throw gasoline on the passions of our dreams.  Kris Vallotton

Lets surround ourselves with people who are going to stir our hearts towards obedience, towards adventure, towards the purposes of God.

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