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I believe 1Chronicles 28:9-10 are key verses in walking with the Lord.

Verse 9 says “As for you, my son Solomon, know the God of your father, and serve Him with a whole heart and a willing mind; for the LORD searches all hearts, and understands every intent of the thoughts. If you seek Him, He will let you find Him; but if you forsake Him, He will reject you forever.”

If I could serve the Lord with my whole heart and a willing mind what a difference it would make! If I could truly submit to His direction and not hold back or try to reason myself out of being obedient…but I often choose my own way.

Then verse 10 says “Consider now, for the LORD has chosen you to build a house for the sanctuary; be courageous and act.” 

Solomon is told to be courageous and ACT. Don’t just sit there, Solomon – DO something! That’s the kind of encouragement I need sometimes. I need to just take a deep breath and act on what God has said without trying to think my way out of doing something that requires courage.

This has become my prayer:

Psalm 138:3 “On the day I called, You answered me; You made me bold with strength in my soul.”

Oh God, give me courage!