Just Do It…
Posted on April 3, 2019 by America's Keswick in Freedom Fighters
“Be strong and of good courage, and do it; do not fear nor be dismayed, For the LORD God—my God—will be with you.” — 1st Chronicles 28:20a
I remember a campaign against drug addiction in the 80’s that recommended “Just say no.” I can also remember people telling me “just don’t do it” when they would see me suffering in my addiction. As I pondered this simple approach to recovery I found myself failing time and time again.
Now this is an example of a life dominating sin that created havoc for me and my family. But the truth is there are still things in my life where I hear God say “Just do it.” The difference is He gives us provision to accomplish what He is asking. I think back at the motto of “just say no” and realize that in order to say no to one thing I have to have something to say yes to.
There are countless times in the Bible where God says “Take courage, do not fear”, and with each time we see that there is always a place to go to. In this account King David is encouraging his son to, “Be strong and of good courage, and do it.” Do what? “To build a house of rest for the ark of the covenant of the LORD, and for the footstool of our God.” It was a task that David had it in his heart to do but God instru
cted him to have Solomon do it.
There is a parallel I see as we walk in this process of sanctification, we are building a Temple for God to reside. This temple is our body and as we grow in the Lord we are called to be more like Jesus and be conformed to His image. This task seems difficult at times because it requires putting off the old man and walking in newness of life. There are times of fear and anxiety as we approach each twist and turn. The good news is we have a plan and all the materials to accomplish this task. Just like David had prepared everything Solomon, we need to build our Temple for God.
The problem with “Just say no” is there’s no provision in that campaign to use to escape. When God says “Just do it” He’s already made provision and has a plan. So now fear and anxiety are just a command away from walking with courage, “Don’t fear, take courage” in the plan God has for you. “Just do it” comes with the whole arsenal of power from the Holy Spirit in the form of the Church. We have tremendous resources to complete the task, but fear can keep us away. It could start with showing up, asking for prayer and committing to a battle plan. Surround yourself with God’s people. So, when David said to Solomon “Just do it” he had all the provisions in place just like God has for us, Amen!
Written by Rob Russomano: Rob Russomano is married to Terri, and serves with her as full time staff members. He is a graduate of the Colony of Mercy and is also available as a speaker of the grace of God with a message of Hope for church events. You can contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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