We continued our series, How to be Brave, this week. This series is not about huge acts of courage, but everyday, ordinary courage. The title of this weekend’s message was, “To have and to hold,” and the message was based on these two verses…
Philippians 4:8-9 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.
2 Corinthians 10:5 We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.
My husband taught us that heroic faith comes from habitual thought. He told us that fear and faith are both a product of focus and they are both empowered by focus.
We learned that although we cannot choose the thoughts we HAVE, we can choose the thoughts that we HOLD. HOLD THAT THOUGHT! Faith doesn’t’ fall from the sky, it rises from within you!
We also learned that when we have those crazy thoughts, we don’t let them go, we take them captive. 2 Corinthians 10:5 is literally saying to take those thoughts as prisoner of war. This means we take the crazy thought, we find out who it is coming from and what it is trying to stop God from doing in my life. We cannot deal with the things that are holding us back until we deal with the thoughts that are holding us back.
This message had so many practical things that I can apply all week long. I just loved it. You can watch it later today on the Elevation Network, in our archive and on our podcast. And don’t forget, every sermon is also available on the Elevation App for your smart phone.
Have a great Monday!