“Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong.” – 1 Corinthians 16:13
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We are admonished throughout the Scriptures to be courageous and to not be afraid. There’s something about having courage to tackle challenges in the face of adversity. That’s what God wants us to do – to have courage.
The apostles Peter and John had courage. After they were arrested, the Jews questioned them as to who gave them their authority. “Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated and untrained men, they marveled. And they realized that they had been with Jesus” (Acts 4:13). Those who have spent time with Jesus are courageous, and it is evident to others.
“According to my earnest expectation and hope that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ will be magnified in my body, whether by life or by death.” – Philippians 1:20
The opposite of being courageous is being a coward – fearful and timid, lacking boldness and courage. I’m not ashamed of the gospel of Jesus Christ. No, I’m not a coward. I will teach the good news of Jesus no matter what the enemy throws at me. And, I’ve spent time with Jesus – in worship, in His Word, and in fellowship.
It takes courage to teach the gospel when so many others around you are living and fighting against it. It takes courage to face seemingly insurmountable adversity and keep pushing through to survive and thrive to see another day. That’s not cowardice. And people do it every day, knowing that Jesus is Lord and King and Victor over their lives.
What is cowardly, though, is when the enemy sneaks around in the dark of night to try to destroy God’s people with sin. That’s how Satan operates. But Christians are courageous because we hold dear what the psalmist penned, “The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid” (Psalm 27:1)?
“Though an army may encamp against me, my heart shall not fear; though war may rise against me, in this I will be confident.” – Psalm 27:3
In Christ, we are victorious.
You can be courageous in Christ. You must first be in Christ. The way to get in Christ is by being obedient to His Word. He says that you must believe in Him (John 8:24). He says that you must confess Him before others (Matthew 10:32-33). He says that you must repent (Luke 13:3). And Christ says that you must be baptized in order to be saved (Mark 16:16).
It requires courage to follow Christ. Discipleship is not for cowards. Do you have the courage to obey Christ?
Let’s be strong and courageous!
“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” – Joshua 1:9
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