knight.jpgWhen you are diagnosed with Hepatitis C your life changes. You become a Hep C Warrior and Survivor. Do you experience fear? Most certainly.

When I was first diagnosed I remember crying out to the Lord and saying, “I don’t want to be a member of this club.” He gave me the courage to become a Hep C Warrior and Survivor, not because of any medical test results good or bad, but because I know He holds me by His right hand and helps me go beyond where I never could on my own.

What we do with that fear makes a difference and affects every part of our lives. Bravery and Courage does not mean you don’t experience fear, but courage rises to the top in spite of fear.

Michael Hyatt said, “Courage is not the absence of fear. Courage is the willingness to act in spite of my fear.” I totally agree.

A warrior, a survivor stands firm in Faith and Courage in spite of fear. You never give up hope, and you never give in to where fear leads.

Here is the where the rubber meets the road and what turns a Victim into a Victor. Your faith in God, in Jesus Christ. He is the difference. He tells us repeatedly all through scripture to “Do Not Fear,” “Do Not Be Afraid,” “Be Strong and Courageous, for the Lord God Almighty is with you.”

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We can call on Him when we are fearful. He will give us the strength to carry on and go beyond our ability and rely on His. Because He is with us, we are strong. Our featured song for this week is “Survivors” by Matthew West. Our special scripture this week is,

“I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.” Philippians 4:13.

Check out a few others and see what God has done with their struggles and fear to transform them into Warriors. This entry was originally published on Life Beyond Hepatitis C January 13. It is reprinted with permission.