MEN AND WOMEN OF COURAGE
God has stated numerous times in the Bible that He wants us to be men and women of courage. Hebrews 1:6 states “without faith it is impossible to please Him.” If we are going to live by faith it certainly is going to require courage, for faith will require us to step out of our comfort zone and into the miracle arena. God’s people have always lived in the miracle arena. Just to become a Christian requires a miracle. The new birth into the family of God is the greatest miracle there is. Because it is not an outward miracle like a healing that is observed in the realm of the senses doesn’t mean it is any less a miracle. If you are around a person who has just been born again, you will notice things have changed in their life. Suddenly their desires are different, their focus has changed, they don’t want to do the things they used to, their desire is for the things of God and for their family.
The early Christians were constantly praying for boldness and courage to witness for Jesus. This got them thrown into prisons, beaten, stoned, even killed for their faith, but they had courage and the young church grew and flourished and reached thousands with the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. Oh that we will come back to the time that we will have that kind of courage in our lives.
Sometimes we see a promise in the Word and we believe the Holy Spirit put that promise there for us for this specific time in our life, so we start believing on the promise, our actions begin to align with what the Word says and we begin to say to ourselves, and our Christian friends and family, “I am believing God is going to fulfill this promise in my life.” Now all hell breaks loose, literally. Satan starts to whisper, or should I say shouts in your ear “you fool, nobody believes you can literally receive Gods promises today.” But Gods Word says we can and we will receive if we believe and not doubt. Our Heavenly Father is no respecter of persons. What He has done for one, He will do for you. Let’s believe the promises in the Bible. They are for us. More specific they are for you. We must believe God is a personal God and the Bible was written for me. The stories of the men and women of faith as recorded in the Bible are very interesting and uplifting. Please click on specific stories in the courage series and read about Caleb, Rahab the harlot, David, Paul, Stephen and many others. You will find their stories more fascinating than fiction, plus they will build our faith.
Numbers 13:20, Deuteronomy 31:6, John 1:6-8, Philippians 1:28, Acts 4:13, 31, Acts 9:29, Acts 14:3, Acts 19:8.
The grace of God and the truth of His Word be with you.