Also, what I'm about to write hit my heart hard because my last two years spiritually and professionally have been very tuff and inconsistent. You can say I've been a straight ween on the bump. So here we go....
"If Jesus Christ, the perfect Son of God, learned obedience by the things He suffered (Hebrews 5:8) and if He suffered most when He performed His highest act of obedience to God, what makes you think we're going to get out of it? Are you suffering greatly, even though your heart is right before God? Praise God-your right on schedule! It means he's got something amazing for you to do. The suffering is coming because He has to get you in shape. Rejoice! You're on His select squad, the Elite Elect. You're on the same team with Joseph, Daniel, Jeremiah, Job, John the Baptist, Stephen, and Paul. That sounds like a dream team!"
"Fearful means faithless-especially since we've been told by Jesus Christ not to fear the tribulations that are going to come."
"You and I turn cowardly when we look at our problems and our limitations. But when we fix our eyes on what God can do, not on what we can't do, our fears melt into confidence, and we'll go our way rejoicing."
Wow! Waino, coward on the mound. Check! Fears melt into confidence? Check! Sound familiar? No office time needed.
This last part is from a prayer of his and it hit me in the face hard last night and I'm still on the mat looking for my mouth piece...
"God, I confess to you that I have allowed my fears to put me into bondage. I know I must now give them to you. Lord, please change my eyesight. I confess this is a sin and want to get rid of it. I acknowledge that you're in control, Father, and I chose to think on Your abilities rather than my limitations."
Bro's by no means have I figured this game out... But God defiantly has changed some things in my heart this year and it's kinda pumping me up. I've prayed for this change and need to continue to do so everyday! Jesus Christ is a flat out Warrior and don't let anybody tell you different.
Blake "constantly humbled" Hawksworth