Take Courage from the Power, Majesty, and Authority of God

Take Courage from the Power, Majesty, and Authority of God

I can’t think of a thing more discouraging than being defined by what I am NOT. Of course, the list is long, and for most of us, that list is freighted with a fair amount of disappointment, squandered opportunity, or even just plain failure.

In his letter to the church he planted in Ephesus, Paul hammered home some of the glaring negatives attached to that fledgling Gentile fellowship:

  • not Jewish
  • not circumcised
  • not included in the covenant
  • no hope
  • no God (See Ephesians 2:12)

The good news attached to this, however, is that when they crossed the threshold into belief, all these negatives changed. Like a massive polarity-flipping power surge, all their noes had become yeses in Christ.

But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.”

Ephesians 2:13

Rejoice, friends, because this is true of you as well if you have handed yourself over to God. You cannot be comprehended by negatives nor defined by what you are NOT!

You Are NOT What You Are Not!

You have become an insider, included in all the glorious promises of God. Your new life, soaked in grace, can manifest Christ to those who are still on the outside so they can see, by your walk and by your words, that there is a different way to live in relation to their Creator.

If you are looking for a blessing, spend some time right now pondering your own “I once was lost but now am found” backstory. Here are some verses to get you started:

I Corinthians 5:17 — Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!

Colossians 3:9 — …you have taken off your old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator

Isaiah 43:18, 19 — Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.

Good news! When you crossed the threshold into belief, like a massive polarity-flipping power surge, all your noes became yeses in Christ.

And Now, Let’s Talk Books…

One of my favorite moments in The Chronicles of Narnia comes during a conversation between Mr. Beaver and the Pevensey children. When they learn that Aslan is a lion, naturally, the children wonder if he’s safe, and Mr. Beaver quickly responds: “Course he isn’t safe. But he’s good. He’s the King, I tell you.” 

We’re in need of this reminder in doing business with God. In our forgetfulness, we picture the universe locked in a battle between evenly matched forces of good and evil when the truth is that Satan is a desperate and defeated foe, and Christ is a victorious conqueror.

In The Loudest Roar, Judy Dunagan invites readers to hear God’s reassuring and powerful roar. We hear his voice in Scripture’s record of his faithful love, and we bear witness to God’s power when he shows up as the Bigger Lion in the midst of our times of discouragement or fear.

Having battled anxiety and engaged in the fight of her life to preserve her marriage, Dunagan has road-tested every principle she shares. She demonstrates an unusual gift for bringing the truth of God’s Word into actionable principles for a changed life.

Believers in the present day need the reminder that our mightiest weapons are not self-esteem or Google, but, rather, God’s Word and prayer. We wear protective armor and are best equipped for battle when the loudest sound in our ears is the truth that God already reigns as our victorious Lord.

Holding you in the Light,

“Imagine if the loudest voice over you is the roar of the victory that Jesus has already won for you. Imagine how it will feel the next time you’re tempted but you turn to Him as your rescuer from sin.” @judydunagan @MoodyPublishers

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13 thoughts on “Take Courage from the Power, Majesty, and Authority of God”

  1. The good news attached to this, however, is that when they crossed the threshold into belief, all these negatives changed. Like a massive polarity-flipping power surge, all their noes had become yeses in Christ.

    The power and truth in these words is speaking to me today. Thank you!

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  2. I KNOW that if it weren’t for Jesus Christ, my life would have been vastly different. My fears of disapproval, not belonging, and what the future might hold (among others) would surely have steered me in harmful directions. But as a Christian, I experienced approval from respected people–just because I was a child of God. I belonged to His family, and was blessed to be a part of churches where I felt accepted and wanted. And though I certainly wondered what the future might hold (still do!), I felt secure in the powerful hands of my Heavenly Father. Just those few factors kept me on his path of peace (Luke 1:79). I wobbled a bit now and then, but God always brought me back.

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