TOPIC: I AM A COWARD! I AM A COWARD! I AM A COWARD! [I]
BASIC SCRIPTURE: JOB 3 : 20-26
It was Nelson Mandela of blessed memory who noted: “I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.” One cowardly person came to a master of martial arts and asked to teach him bravery. The master looked at him and said: “I will teach you only with one condition: one month, you will have to live in a big city and tell about 100 persons that you meet on your way that you are a coward.
You will have to say it loudly, openly and looking straight into the person’s eyes.” For a couple of days, he was very sad and thoughtful, but to live with his cowardice was so unbearable that he traveled to the city to accomplish his mission. At first, when meeting the passerbys, he stammered, lost his speech and couldn’t contact anyone. But he needed to finish the master’s task, so he began to overcome himself.
When he came up to his first passerby to tell him about his cowardice, it seemed to him that he would die from fear. But his voice sounded louder and more confident with every passing day. Suddenly came a moment, when the man caught himself thinking that he’s not scared anymore, and the further he continued doing the master’s task, the more convinced he was that the fear was abandoning him.
After a month, he returned back to the master, bowed to him and said: “Thank you, teacher. I finished your task. Now I’m not afraid anymore. But how did you know that this strange task will help me?” The teacher replied: “The thing is that cowardice is only a habit. Now you know that bravery – is also a habit. And if you want to make bravery a part of yourself – you need to move forward to confront what you fear.”
Wow! CONFRONTING YOUR FEAR! For example, the best way to conquer a plane crash is to keep flying! Ah! WHATEVER YOU FEAR HAPPENS TO YOU! Yes! Job said it in Job 3:25 – “For the thing which I greatly feared is come upon me, and that which I was afraid of is come upon me.” He was saying (paraphrased), “I feared a fear, and it came upon me.” “Being brave isn’t the absence of fear. Being brave is having that fear but finding a way through it” (Bear Grylls). Walk by faith and not by fear! (TO BE CONTINUED TOMORROW).
ODM PRAYER POINTS FOR TODAY 19TH SEPTEMBER 2020.
1. Take your best song of worship as led.
2. In your own words, pray about today’s word as led now.
3. Repent from FEAR in the past!
4. Job said what he feared attacked him at last. I shall not be the next victim in Jesus name.
5. Remember, what you fear happens to you! Pray now: My fear of the following issues shall cease (mention them now).
6. Fear can be a spirit! You spirit of fear, LOOSE ME and go in Jesus name.
7. Loose UNCOMMON INCREASE, SPEED AND PROMOTION.
8. Pray concerning today as led.Cancel RE-OCCURRING BATTLES today!
Our Daily Manna also known as ODM is written by Bishop Dr. Chris Kwakpovwe. It is a daily devotional booklet that started in the form of a Daily prayer guide for church members and brethren in a form of two printed sheets.