John 4:35 – “Do you not say that after four months comes the harvest? behold, I say to you, Lift up your eyes, and look at the fields, which have turned white and have long been ready for the harvest.”
We have considered the first two parts of the Los Angeles slogan – “Vision to See, Faith to Believe, Courage to Do.” Now let us move to the last part and mine the gold that is there.
COURAGE TO DO.
It is beyond tragic that sometimes we see and believe that something can be done but lose heart before we even attempt the task. Courage is absent and we are defeated by our trepidation before we dare to do what we see and believe possible.
James 2:17 – “Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.” It is beyond tragic if we allow fear to defeat us. We do not have to fear because the devil is a defeated foe, and we are more than conquerors through Jesus! We have been given authority over all the devil’s power, so Why Not Use It?
Joshua 1:7 – “Only be strong and very courageous, that you may observe to do according to all the law which Moses My servant commanded you; do not turn from it to the right hand or to the left, that you may prosper wherever you go.” Then in verse nine, we read, “God is with you wherever you go.” That is powerful.
We have no need or cause to fear man because the work before us belongs to God and He is going before us. We do not have to fear the devil because Jesus completely defeated him at the Cross and in the Resurrection. We do not have to fear difficulties because nothing is too difficult for God and no mountain can resist faith.
Philippians 4:13 declares, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” How many things? ALL THINGS!
A brief snapshot of this is in the Old Testament in the man named Shamgar. The Bible says that he slew six hundred Philistines with an ox goad. An ox goad was a wooden tool, about eight feet in length with an iron spike or point on one end, and was used to spur the oxen along and could be used as a scraper to remove the clods of earth from the plowshare when it became encumbered. He certainly did not have a weapon of war but a farming tool and achieved this feat by the power of God.
King Asa had these qualities as we see in 2 Chronicles 14-15 that he went out against two-to-one odds. Asa cried out to the LORD, “LORD, it is nothing for You to help, whether with many or with those who have no power; help us. O LORD our God, for we rest on You, and in Your name, we go against this multitude, You are our God; do not let man prevail against You!” In brief, His prayer was, “It’s All You God, so Help Us, Please!” If we place ourselves in the hands of God, we have placed ourselves in a position of Unlimited Possibilities.
I heard years ago about a lady in Church describing faith, obedience, and responsibility. She said, “If God tells me to jump through a hole in the wall, it’s my responsibility to jump and His to make a hole in the wall.” What if we lived that way with Vision to See, Faith to Believe, and Courage to Do?
Believers, we have the message and the commission. We have been given Power and authority through the Holy Spirit. The only thing that is waiting is for us to respond to God’s call and say yes! He is calling now, what is your answer?
God bless you!