Faint Not, Neither be Dismayed...
"And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we faint not (lose heart)..." Galatians 6:9
"Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go." Joshua 1:9
We have experienced many challenges throughout our lives. Sometimes we allow them to enslave us to a point that we don’t enjoy the full Christian life God has for us. The power to disconnect from the past is found in II Corinthians 5:17. “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation: old things have passed away: behold, all things have become new.” Dwelling on the past and not renewing our minds according to God’s Word inhibits God’s power, freedom and peace. Now is the time to experience the unlimited connection to Jesus Christ through the Holy Spirit and see amazing results!
‘Faint’ is to yield to certain thoughts of doubt or lack that creep into our emotions. Yielding to thoughts of doubt or lack waste away our confidence and courage, suggesting nothing good will last. This type of mind set creates a life of cynical bitterness, causing an emotional numbing or physical illness.
‘Dismayed’ comes from an unexpected surprise causing a strong feeling of worry, disappointment, dread, fear or upset. When we are dismayed, it corrupts our courage of how to deal with the loss; it robs us of energy and strength.
Some believers think it is natural to yield to thoughts of doubt or fear when life seems difficult. Many are not aware of what Jesus meant when He said, “…and as you have believed, so let it be done for you.” Matthew 8:13 (NKJV). A natural human response to self, others and life make us a prey to judgments, doubt and anger. The result is complaining. Believing in lack or injustice, dwelling on thoughts of fear creates more of the same. Responding to difficulties in a human way darkens our perception and calls up a need for self-pity.
A supernatural response to the events in life must be thought about and practiced based on God’s Word. Regroup and retrain yourself by giving thanks for all things and in all things (I Thessalonians 5:18). Thanksgiving is always the first step of faith that lifts us over and above the circumstances. It shifts from self concern to the ability to be a creative believer, knowing every need is met and all things work together for good (Philippians 4:19, Romans 8:28). A supernatural response opens the door to God’s best.
We are called to be choice makers; it is an act of freedom to change. In order to use choice making effectively, we must mix it with faith. No matter what our choices are today, they are creating our future to be blessed or cursed (Deuteronomy 30:19). The power to change is within us, the Holy Spirit. Only the Holy Spirit knows the mind of God concerning our lives. The Holy Spirit reveals God’s perfect plan for us and leads us into the fullness of life. Choose to believe, know and speak God’s Word and resist the urge to return to old patterns (Hebrews 3:12). Be aware of old ways that attempt to creep back into our lives. We may not admit we are departing from God or sinning, but we are. The power to ‘faint not’ and to be ‘dismayed not’ is a choice-power and an attitude-selection; it keeps hope alive! Strive to eliminate liming statements such as “it’s too hard, I can’t make it, I’m sick or I don’t know what to do”. Speaking limiting statements or dwelling on the past blocks the Holy Spirit’s power.
Lord Jesus Christ, by the Holy Spirit Helper power in me, I choose to lift my perception and say that You are my source. Lord, You are creating new ways to supply my needs. I receive my source and new ways NOW with thanksgiving and praise. Because of Christ, I am unlimited. The Lord says all things are possible for me so I say YES Lord, all things are possible. In Jesus Christ’s Name. Amen.