Be Strong and Courageous
Think of a time when you were less than courageous. That sounds so mighty doesn't it? Think of a time when you were down right scared and couldn't make a move if you wanted to. That's more like it, right? We tend to overstate our strength as Christ followers. We find ourselves repeating phrases like "trust in the Lord," and "He will see you through it" as if they were lines in a recipe for mom's apple pie. The reality is that we all face times when we are afraid.
Israel spent 40 years in the wilderness because of fear. They failed to recognize that God was more powerful than anything they might face. What do you believe about the power of God? How does what you believe change your actions?
Spend some time today reflecting on circumstances of your life and what it means to be strong and courageous.
Now consider your children or grandchildren. How will you teach them to be strong and courageous in the midst of suffering? Will you teach them to act in the power of Christ?
1/14/2021 09:37:03 pm
What does it mean to be strong and courageous? For the past 22 years whenever courage is the topic, my mind flashes back to Columbine & the young girl who refused to deny God and died. I googled it today because I realized I didn’t know her name. April 20, 1999, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold approached Rachael Joy Scott, asked if she ‘still believed in God’ and when she said yes, killed her. Any circumstance I face in my life that needs strength and courage seems small in comparison with this and I know with God’s help, I will overcome it.
1/15/2021 12:22:44 pm
What a perfect example of someone who is Strong and Courageous. How often do I look at the momentary trials in my life and wear the "victim" mentality. We live in a privileged society where rarely we face challenge to our faith, yet we feel so "strong." Strength really surfaces when we are faced with a reason to fear, doesn't it. The passages we have been studying remind us to be ready at all times. Our blessing depends on it.
1/17/2021 09:42:49 am
I certainly don't want to be the generation to just "wait and die" I'm making a promise to myself that I will get up and GO. I know we all can find excuses, and yes they are generally excuses not to do something, to help someone, to get involved. Right now is the perfect time to make that change and put aside all the excuses we convince ourselves with. Looking forward to today's message to give me the strength to get up and GO.... I'm committed!
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