Please note: Yesterday’s blog was written by Doug Barger, Director of Men’s Ministries at Bethesda Mission. Somehow his name did not appear and I wanted to make sure you all knew he was the one who wrote the devotional for Tuesday, February 17, 2015
I remember as I was growing up friends use to say things like, “come on don’t be scared “or “just do it scaredy cat.” This implies lack of courage, which is exactly how Satan works in our heads.
If we now as men (Spiritual Leaders) don’t teach our families, both biological and extended what the word of God says about courage than our loved ones my experience some unnecessary heart aches and pain. We have a responsibility to them and to God to help explain and grasp the true meaning of courage.
Not only do we need to teach it with words out of the Bible, but by an example in our walk. Every time we display a lack of courage others around us might misconstrue the meaning of courage according to the Bible. Exodus 1: 15-22, Esther 3:2, 4:13-16, Daniel 3:16-18 helps show us that courageous people risk their lives to do what is right. Acts 5:29 “We must obey God rather than human authority”.
Courageous people risk their reputations to do what is right. Courageous people are also bold in representing Christ. We should take every opportunity to share with others about Christ. Ask the Holy Spirit for this courage so that others can see how your personal loving relationship with Christ Has provided you with the courage to preserver through what the world views as courage. John 16:33 “I have told you all this so that you might have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trails and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.”
There are many verses instructing us to be strong and courageous. This is the focus this year for our Christian family; I hope you can glean from it as well.
Joshua1:9 “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.”
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Brian Ferguson is a graduate of the Colony of Mercy and serves full-time at America’s Keswick. He is an on-line student at Lancaster Bible College. You can write Brian at firstname.lastname@example.org
Think About This: “The Christian does not think God will love us because we are good, but that God will make us good because He loves us.” ― C.S. Lewis
This Week’s Verse to Memorize: Be of good courage, And He shall strengthen your heart, all you who hope in the Lord. Psalm 31:24