Nov
25

Spiritual Moxie

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Spiritual Moxie

Introduction–
If a weak football team can enough of it, they can pull off the upset.
If the class runt can find it, he can put the big class bully to flight
David had it when he slew Goliath
Joshua had it when he crossed Jordan
Abraham had it when he stepped toward an unknown future
Joseph had it when he endured betrayal and prison
Peter and John had it at the Gate called Beautiful
Jesus had it when he walked on water
Daniel had it when he prayed himself into a lion’s den
John the Baptist had a big dose of it
It was possessed by all the men and women who did exploits for God

-Must be possessed by forerunners
-Must be present to overcome obstacles
-Must be present to endure discouragement
-Must be present to survive through grief
-Must be present to live again after defeat
-Must be present to partner with God to accomplish the impossible

Moxie = noun Slang. (combination of online dictionaries)
1.    vigor; verve; pep.
2.    courage and aggressiveness; nerve.
3.    skill; know-how.
4. fortitude and determination; "he didn’t have the guts to try it" [syn: backbone]
5. The ability to face difficulty with spirit and courage.
6. Initiative

Word origin- moxie 
1908, popularized by Moxie, trademark name registered 1924 for a bitter non-alcoholic beverage; the word was used as far back as 1876 as the name of a patent medicine advertised to "build up your nerve," and it is perhaps ultimately from a New England Indian word.
(Harper Online Dictionary)
Illus—Old west movies where they hoist a class of liquor, drink, swallow, and shake their head—it takes Moxie to deal with the hard stuff.
Illus—Swallowing black drought for medicine in the old days. It took moxie!

It takes nerve to stand where no one stands.
It takes nerve to stand where no one has ever stood.
Bruce Willis in Die Hard
Slyvester Stallone in Rocky
Coach Boone in Remember the Titans
Martine Luther King, Jr. crossing the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma

The times in my own life where I have seen great advance have been across the threshold from great obstacles and adversity and failure.

Who will go with me?
The time will soon come when we arise and move toward the future with all its glory!

Bible terminology
for spiritual moxie is perseverance, faith, endurance, courage…
How do you get spiritual moxie?

There are so many Scriptures that teach this important truth:

Proverbs 24:16
for though a righteous man falls seven times, he rises again, but the wicked are brought down by calamity.
Romans 15:4
For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through endurance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.
Hebrews 6:15
And so, after he had patiently endured, he obtained the promise.
1 Peter 1:9
receiving the end of your faith—the salvation of your souls.
Galatians 6:9
And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.
Use your Moxie wisely:
1 Thessalonians 5:14
Now we exhort you, brethren, warn those who are unruly, comfort the fainthearted, uphold the weak, be patient with all.

Hebrews 11:6
1. GOD IS PRESENT IN YOUR PRESENT AND YOUR FUTURE (He is)
2. GOD’ HEART IS TO BLESS YOU AND HELP YOU (He is a rewarder)
3. GOD ENJOYS BEING PURSUED (diligently seek Him)

It is ultimately not about how much you struggled in order to take the step; or how many times you fell trying to take that first step; it is about the fact that you took it. The journey into your future begins with your next step.

We must not abandon our call to destiny because of failure. Let me share a story with you:

Conclusion—Ronald Reagan addressing the nation on the evening of January 28, 1986. He was scheduled to give the annual State of the Union address. Instead he went on national television to address a nation in shock and grief who had witnessed the explosion of the Space Shuttle Challenger earlier that day.

We’ve grown used to wonders in this century. It’s hard to dazzle us. But for twenty-five years the United States space program has been doing just that. We’ve grown used to the idea of space, and perhaps we forget that we’ve only just begun. We’re still pioneers. They, the members of the Challenger crew, were pioneers.
And I want to say something to the schoolchildren of America who were watching the live coverage of the shuttle’s takeoff. I know it is hard to understand, but sometimes painful things like this happen. It’s all part of the process of exploration and discovery. It’s all part of taking a chance and expanding man’s horizons. The future doesn’t belong to the fainthearted; it belongs to the brave. The Challenger crew was pulling us into the future, and we’ll continue to follow them.

Emphasize the underlined part of the above quote. Often  between us and our God given destiny there is a single step of bravery and courage in the middle of a crisis!
 

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