A Courageous Attitude. . .
We all want to plug along, we all want to move forward, but sometimes it is hard, sometimes it seems impossible. But, is it? Not with God!
"Faith looks beyond the difficulties, and lays hold of the unseen, even Omnipotence, therefore it cannot be
baffled. Faith is the clasping of the hand of Christ in every emergency....
"Every ship sailing the sea of life needs to have the divine Pilot on board; but when storms arise, when tempests
threaten, many persons push their Pilot overboard, and commit their bark into the hand of finite man, or try to steer it themselves. Then disaster and wreckage generally follow, and the Pilot is blamed for running them into such dangerous waters. Do not commit yourselves into the keeping of men, but say, "The Lord is my helper"; I will seek His counsel; I will be a doer of His will. . . . It is as impossible for us to receive qualification from man, without the divine
enlightenment, as it was for the gods of Egypt to deliver those who trusted in them. . . . Do not trust yourself to men. Act under the divine Guide." The Faith I Live By, page 100.
"Patience as well as courage has its victories." Acts of the Apostles, page 44.
"Often the Christian life is beset by dangers, and duty seems hard to perform. The imagination pictures impending ruin before and bondage or death behind. Yet the voice of God speaks clearly, 'Go forward.' We should obey this command, even though our eyes cannot penetrate the darkness, and we feel the cold waves about our feet. The obstacles that hinder our progress will
never disappear before a halting, doubting spirit. Those who defer obedience till every shadow of uncertainty disappears and there remains no risk of failure or defeat, will never obey at all. Unbelief whispers, 'Let us wait till the obstructions are removed, and we can see our way clearly:' but faith courageously urges an advance, hoping all things, believing all things."
Conflict and Courage, page 86.
"He spoke to them also words of hope and courage. 'Let not your heart be troubled," He said; 'ye believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto Myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know.' John 14:1-4. For your sake I came into the world; for you I have been working." Acts of the Apostles, page 21.
"Those who think it impossible for them to yield to the will of God and have faith in His promises until all is made clear and plain before them, will never yield at all. Faith is not certainty of knowledge; it "is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen" (Hebrews 11:1). To obey the commandments of God is the only way to obtain His favor. "Go forward" should be the Christian's watchword.
"Continual progress in knowledge and virtue is God's purpose for us. His law is the echo of His own voice, giving to all the invitation, 'Come up higher; be holy, holier still.' Every day we may advance in perfection of Christian character.
"Putting our trust in God, we are to move steadily forward, doing His work with unselfishness, in humble dependence upon Him, committing to His providence ourselves and all that concerns our present and future, holding the beginning of our confidence firm unto the end, remembering that we receive the blessings of heaven, not because of our worthiness, but because of Christ's worthiness and our acceptance, through faith in Him, of God's abounding grace." God's Amazing Grace, page 30.