Faith is confidence in God; we get that confidence by reading Scripture, by seeing how God has worked in the lives of other believers, and by experiencing the work of God in our own lives. Faith is taking control over fear and doubt by engaging our minds, thinking clearly about what we know is true about God.
– Temptations Men Face, Tom L. Eisenman, Page 236
Anytime (yes, any time) there is a new furrow to be plowed, a new path to be cleared, a new idea to be tried, or a new strategy to be implemented, fear of failure stands tall as a giant. And all too often, it pushes its way in and gains a foothold. It has been my observation that the greater the possibility of impact, the greater the fear of failure ahead of time.
– Dropping Your Guard, Charles R. Swindoll, page 69
And hardworking farmers should be the first to enjoy the fruit of their labor. 2 Timothy 2:6, NLT
A wise farmer knows what he can’t do. He can’t put life in a seed. He can’t make it rain. He can’t force the seed to grow. There’s much that’s out of his hands. But he does his part. He plants, he waters, he cultivates—and he waits! As believers, we plant seeds (acts of obedience to God) in one another’s lives. We deposit seeds (the gospel) in the lives of those who don’t know Christ. The actual results of these actions are in God’s hands. But we often get to be the first to enjoy those results because we’re there. If we recognize the way we’re farmers, we remember we’re in the field every day. Every moment becomes a new opportunity to persistently plant followed by patient waiting to see what God will do.
– Tyndale Men’s Devotional NLT Translation, Tuesday April 21st, 2015