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October 4, 2012

Tim Kolodziej: Believe it or not, you’re equipped to handle anything

NEW CASTLE — “You may think you aren't the most qualified person to do what God has put in your heart. That's kind of the point.”  — Josh Surratt

OK, I’m writing to the choir today.

You know who you are.

Believers, like me, who don’t always believe what they read.

Can I get a show of hands? How many of you have been afraid this week? Worried? Angry? Resentful? Prideful?

Me too.

There’s nothing you can do about it. It’s in your nature. It is what it is. You are who you are.

We strive. We struggle. We buy book after book, listen to message after message, read blog after blog, and we still end up swimming in the same cesspool we fell into yesterday.

Perhaps no one has spoken of this battle more eloquently than Paul in Romans 7.

“I do not understand what I do,” he wrote. “For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate, I do. ... What a wretched man I am.”

Now if Paul believed he couldn’t live up to God’s law, there certainly isn’t any hope for me. Maybe not you, either.

Or is there?

For argument’s sake, let me toss a couple of “what if” scenarios your way. “What if” we didn’t have to go out and get more patience, more love, more courage, more humility. “What if” we’re already carrying it inside of us? “What if” we’ve already been equipped to handle whatever comes our way?

What if ...

•You could live your life today without ANY fear.

While giving a speech. While making the big sales pitch. While your teacher is looking for someone to call on. While waiting to audition for the musical. While having the hard conversation.

“I prayed to the Lord, and he answered me. He freed me from all my fears.” — Psalm 34:4

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