Revisiting the Source Of Our Courage
We have been looking at the book of Joshua and this important concept of courage. We defined courage as, “Being brave, bold and intrepid when facing difficulties and dangers.” It means taking a Godly stand in spite of circumstances, peer pressure, feelings and anything else that comes between what God is calling us to do.
If we are going to live a life that’s marked by courage, it’s vital that we understand where our courage comes from.
- Courage comes from God’s presence with us. Psalm 139:7–12 assures of of God’s presence. Verse seven says, “Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence?” When we realize His presence in our heart, we’ll feel His confident hand guiding and leading us. Hebrews 13:5 assures us, “He will never leave us or forsake us.” His presence is why we can have courage!
- Courage comes from God’s Spirit filling us. When we are filled with the Spirit, we have every spiritual strength available to us. As the young pastor Timothy faced afflictions, the Apostle Paul tells him to, “Stir up the gift of God which is in you through the laying on of my hands. For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. (2 Timothy 1:6–7)” Timothy needed some courage and Paul reminds him to be filled with God’s spirit, not the spirit of fear. The filling of God’s Spirit is why we have courage!
- Courage comes from believing God’s promises. When God’s promises are believed, all of a sudden, courage comes. We can boldly say,
“Yes, this can be mine and I’m going to go after it and pay whatever price I have to so it can be realized.” Isaiah 41:10 says, “Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.” This is just one of God’s promises that are throughout Scripture and we need to know them and root them deeply in our hearts. Believing God’s promises is why we have courage!
- Courage comes when we know God’s calling. When we know that this is what God’s will is for us and what He has called us to, then we can say, “Okay, I’m courageously going to go after that because this is what God said I can have and who I can be and what He desires in me and through me and from me.” Paul told his friends who were in danger, “Therefore take heart, men, for I believe God that it will be just as it was told me. (Acts 27:25)” They could be bold because they were in God’s will. Knowing God’s calling is why we have courage!
God’s presence, God’s Spirit, God’s promises, and knowing God’s calling and His will. If we can hold onto these four sources of courage then everything else can flow from them and we can live courageous, transformed lives. When we have courage, we can affect those around us and we can affect those who are outside of our family for the glory of God. It is going to take courage. There is no room for cowardice in the Kingdom of God. Live a life of courage.