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Ephesians 3:12 AMPC
“In Whom, because of our faith in Him, we dare to have the boldness (courage and confidence) of free access (an unreserved approach to God with freedom and without fear).”
2 Corinthians 3:12 AMPC
“Since we have such [glorious] hope (such joyful and confident expectation), we speak very freely and openly and fearlessly.”
Acts 28:31 AMPC
“Preaching to them the kingdom of God and teaching them about the Lord Jesus Christ with boldness and quite openly, and without being molested or hindered.”
Dwight L. Moody, the famed evangelist, once said:
“David was the last one we would have chosen to fight the giant, but he was chosen of God.”
1. Exercise Emotional Control Over Negative Emotions.
Philippians 4:6 AMPC
“Do not fret or have any anxiety about anything, but in every circumstance and in everything, by prayer and petition (definite requests), with thanksgiving, continue to make your wants known to God.”
Second Timothy 1:7 AMPC
“For God did not give us a spirit of timidity (of cowardice, of craven and cringing and fawning fear), but [He has given us a spirit] of power and of love and of calm and well-balanced mind and discipline and self-control.”
Mark 11:23 KJV
“For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.”
Isaiah 43:25 AMPC
“I, even I, am He Who blots out and cancels your transgressions, for My own sake, and I will not remember your sins.”
Psalm 40:1-3 TLB
“I waited patiently for God to help me; then he listened and heard my cry. 2 He lifted me out of the pit of despair, out from the bog and the mire, and set my feet on a hard, firm path, and steadied me as I walked along. 3 He has given me a new song to sing, of praises to our God. Now many will hear of the glorious things he did for me, and stand in awe before the Lord, and put their trust in him.”
Deuteronomy 31:8 NIV
“The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged."
I Corinthians 13:4 AMPC
“Love endures long and is patient and kind; love never is envious nor boils over with jealousy, is not boastful or vain glorious, does not display itself haughtily..”
Proverbs 14:30 TLB
“A relaxed attitude lengthens a man’s life; jealousy rots it away.”
2. Bull-dog tenacity.
Hebrews 10:36 NIV
“You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what He has promised.”
Hebrews 10:36 KJV
“For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise.”
James 5:11 NIV
“As you know, we count as blessed those who have persevered. You have heard of Job’s perseverance and have seen what the Lord finally brought about. The Lord is full of compassion and mercy.”
Galatians 6:9 AMPC
“And let us not lose heart and grow weary and faint in acting nobly and doing right, for in due time and at the appointed season we shall reap, if we do not loosen and relax our courage and faint.”
Amelia Earhart, the aviation pioneer, said:
“The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity. The fears are paper tigers. You can do anything you decide to do. You can act to change and control your life; and the procedure, the process is its own reward.”
3. Mental Discipline.
First, mental discipline requires you to THINK.
Proverbs 23:7 KJV
“For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he. . .”
What a person thinks on. . .is what they will act on.
Philippians 4:8-9 MSG
“Summing it all up, friends, I’d say you’ll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious—the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse. Put into practice what you learned from me, what you heard and saw and realized. Do that, and God, who makes everything work together, will work you into his most excellent harmonies.”
The second mental discipline is for you to control what you speak.
Proverbs 23:16 KJV
“Yes, my heart will rejoice when your lips speak right things.”
Romans 4:17 KJV
“(As it is written, I have made thee a father of many nations,) before him whom he believed, even God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were.”
The third mental discipline is how you apply the words you’ve thought and spoken.
Proverbs 23:12 KJV
“Apply thine heart unto instruction, and thine ears to the words of knowledge.”
James 1:22 KJV
“But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.”
James 1:22 AMPC
“But be doers of the Word (obey the message), and not merely listening to it; betraying yourselves [into deception by reasoning contrary to the truth.].”
4. Power of an optimistic outlook.
We cannot let what’s happening around us affect what’s living in us.
Proverbs 22:17-19 AMPC
“Listen (consent and submit) to the words of the wise, and apply your mind to my knowledge; 18 For it will be pleasant if you keep them in your mind [believing them]; your lips will be accustomed to [confessing] them. 19 So that your trust (belief, reliance, support, and confidence) may be in the Lord, I have made known these things to you today, even to you.”
Colossians 3:1 MSG
“[He Is Your Life ] So if you're serious about living this new resurrection life with Christ, act like it. Pursue the things over which Christ presides. Don't shuffle along, eyes to the ground, absorbed with the things right in front of you. Look up, and be alert to what is going on around Christ—that's where the action is. See things from his perspective.”
5. Be A Finisher.
John 4:34 NLT
“Then Jesus explained: “My nourishment comes from doing the will of God, who sent me, and from finishing his work.”
Philippians 1:6 NLT
“And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.”
2 Timothy 4:7 AMPC
“I have fought the good (worthy, honorable, and noble) fight, I have finished the race, I have kept (firmly held) the faith.”
Hebrews 12:2 AMPC
“Looking away [from all that will distract] to Jesus, Who is the Leader and the Source of our faith [giving the first incentive for our belief] and is also its Finisher [bringing it to maturity and perfection]. He, for the joy [of obtaining the prize] that was set before Him, endured the cross, despising and ignoring the shame, and is now seated at the right hand of the throne of God.”
6. Don’t complain about your circumstances instead create the ones you want.
Malachi 3:6 KJV
“For I am the Lord, I change not. . .”
Hebrews 13:8 AMPC
“Jesus Christ (the Messiah) is [always] the same, yesterday, today, [yes] and forever (to the ages).”
Romans 12:2 AMPC
“Do not be conformed to this world (this age), [fashioned after and adapted to its external, superficial customs], but be transformed (changed) by the [entire] renewal of your mind [by its new ideals and its new attitude], so that you may prove [for yourselves] what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God, even the thing which is good and acceptable and perfect [in His sight for you].”
7. Talk Is Not Cheap.
Matthew 12:37 says:
“For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.”
James 2:18 NKJV
“But someone will say, “You have faith, and I have works.” Show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works.”
James 2:24 GWT
“You see that a person receives God’s approval because of what he does, not only because of what he believes.”
Genesis 39:22 KJV
“And the keeper of the prison committed to Joseph's hand all the prisoners that were in the prison; and whatsoever they did there, he was the doer of it.”
James 1:22 AMPC
“But be doers of the Word [obey the message], and not merely listeners to it, betraying yourselves [into deception by reasoning contrary to the Truth].”
The last part of Daniel 11:32 says:
“… but the people who do know their God shall be strong, and do exploits.”