Wednesday February 8, 2006
The Positive Power of Courage
What do the following people have in common: Joshua, the Israelite leader; Daniel, the visionary; Jesus’ 12 disciples; and the apostle Paul? Besides loving God, they all were in need of courage. Obeying the Lord required bravery — a firmness of spirit that could face crises without retreating.
Appointed by God, Joshua was to lead the nation into the Promised Land. Perhaps he thought, Who am I to follow in Moses’ footsteps? or What if the people will not support my leadership? God spoke reassuringly to him three times, telling him to be strong and courageous.
Joshua responded affirmatively and built his bravery on two precious assurances:
Promise #1—God travels with us. The Lord pledged He would be with the Israelites in the new land, never leaving or forsaking them. In Hebrews 13:5, He makes the same promise to us. In fact, the Lord travels with us in a far more intimate way — through His Spirit living within us.
Promise #2—God goes before us. God promised to take care of the enemy before the Israelites arrived. They still faced battles, but He assured them of victory if they had faith and obeyed. Jesus has gone ahead of us to heaven with the spiritual battle already won. Our redemption has been secured, our place in God’s family permanently established, and our heavenly inheritance guaranteed. While our earthly trials continue, they are temporary.
If you build your life on these two pledges, then courageous will become part of your name. Why not try out how it will sound? Courageous _________.
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