Hey Spring Semesters Racers!
In just over a week, you will all be together at training camp! I’m sure that it’s all starting to feel more than a little surreal. The fact that you are about to leave the country for 3 months and serve the Lord across the world is no longer a dream that could maybe happen one day…. It is a full on reality.
With goodbyes (see-you-later’s) just around the corner (or have already come), there are many opportunities for the enemy to step in and start his work on your heart and mind.
He may try to convince you that the Lord has lied to you; that God is not good and will let you down; that it’s just too much money to raise; that maybe it would just be better to stay home; that everything will fall apart if you leave; that you’ll never be able to pack all of your stuff in that one backpack; that you can’t live without [fill in the blank]; that it might not be worth all of this work and stress; that there’s no way you can be single for that long or be away from your boyfriend/girlfriend for 3 months; that you didn’t really hear from God…..
These thoughts might be a combination of influences from the enemy, those around you, our culture, or your own heart. They might be any one of those things, but they are certainly NOT the thoughts of God!! Search through Scriptures and you will not find verses that encourage you to back out, step down, give up, or hide away.
From Genesis to Revelation, His message to His people is consistent:
I am the God of your father Abraham; do not fear, for I AM with you!
Do not fear him, for I have delivered him [your enemy] into your hand.
Look, the LORD your GOD has set the land before you; go up and possess it, as the LORD God of your fathers has spoken to you; do not fear or be discouraged.
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.
2 Kings 6:16
So he [Elisha] answered, “Do not fear, for those are with us [angels of God] are more than those who are with them.”
1 Chronicles 28:20
And David said to his son Solomon, “Be strong and of good courage and do it; Do not fear nor be dismayed, for the LORD God – my God – will be with you. He will not leave your nor forsake you until you have finished all the work for the service of the house of the LORD.
2 Chronicles 20:17
You will not need to fight in this battle. Position yourselves, stand still and see the salvation of the LORD, who is with you, O Judah and Jerusalem! Do not fear or be dismayed; tomorrow go out against them, for the LORD is with you.
The LORD is my light and my salvation; Whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; Of whom shall I be afraid?
Fear not, for I have redeemed you. I have called you by your name. You are mine.
And he said, “O man greatly beloved, fear not! Peace be to you; be strong, yes, be strong!” So when he spoke to me I was strengthened, and said, “Let my lord speak, for you have strengthened me.”
Fear not, O land; Be glad and rejoice, For the LORD has done marvelous things!
According to the word that I covenanted with you when you came out of Egypt, so MY SPIRIT remains among you; do not fear!
But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Do not fear therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.
Do not fear, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the Kingdom.
For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father.”
2 Timothy 1:7
For God has not give us a spirit of fear, but of power and love and of a sound mind.
So we boldly say, “The LORD is my helper; I will NOT fear. What can man do to me?”
1 John 4:18
There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear.
You have nothing to fear and you are not alone!
You were called, you are provided for, you are chosen, you are anointed, you are appointed, you are accepted in Jesus’ name, and you have healing to bring to the lame, comfort to bring to the widows and orphans, and freedom to bring to the captive!
We are so proud of you.
Rest in the truth that God is speaking over you today, soak in His word, draw near to the Lord- resist the devil – and he must flee.
You are ready for this.