Last week I wrote and published my first devotional on courage, thank you for all of the support and encouragement as I took that step of faith. That Sunday, my pastor taught on courage. It was that overwhelming feeling that I knew I was doing what God told me to do, and that I needed to keep trusting that God will give me the courage to continue to step outside of my comfort zone and write little devotionals to help encourage and bless others.
I started praying and thinking about my next topic when I realized that I couldn’t move on-it wasn’t time. What I learned in that Sunday church service was that so many people want to be courageous. We want to be heroic, brave and perform these incredible acts of courage we hear about in the news or even in the Bible, but we aren’t really sure how to cultivate that courage.
One of my favorite Bible stories is David and Goliath. David was a young man and he faced a big giant. He took a few stones and knocked Goliath to the ground! David had a lot of courage to take down such a giant, but how did he get that courage? Here’s what I learned from David on how to cultivate REAL courage.
Believe that we have a BIG God- Life will continually give us problems, pain, heartache, and battles to face. Remember, our God is more powerful, and a lot bigger than anything we may come up against.
I am the Lord, and there is no other, besides me there is no God; I equip you, though you do not know me, that people may know, from the rising of the sun and from the west, that there is none besides me; I am the Lord, and there is no other. I form light and create darkness; I make well-being and create calamity; I am the Lord, who does all these things. Isaiah 45:5-7
He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds. He determines the number of the stars; he gives to all of them their names. Great is our Lord, and abundant in power; his understanding is beyond measure. Psalm 147:3-5
How great is our God? NOTHING is to big for our even bigger God. God is bigger than those piled up bills, He’s bigger than divorce, He’s bigger than the addiction, He’s bigger than breakups, sickness, loss of a job, and any storm you will ever face. Believe that our God is BIGGER. Claim that, and stand in victory.
Have confidence that our God will fulfill his purpose and promise – Sometimes it’s hard to look past that giant we face and take that next step. We can’t always see behind the curtain of what God is doing in our life by facing that giant. Have confidence that God will provide you with the stones to defeat the giant, and that His promise and purpose for you will be fulfilled.
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11
Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. Philippians 1:6
Utilize the fear– Fear produces a lot of energy, use that energy as a driving force to take the next step that God is asking you to take. The thing is, fear will always be there, instead of bowing down to it, choose to conquer in Jesus’ name.
There may be a Goliath in each of our lives, and it makes us feel small, weak, or inadequate. Fear stops us in our tracks of being able to defeat that giant. Remember God’s promises for us and believe that we have an even bigger God than any giant we could ever face. With God on our side “whom shall I fear”. “Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the LORD your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.” Deuteronomy 31:6
Today’s Prayer: I’m trusting in you today, Lord to be my protector as I face the giants. I believe that you have a purpose and plan for my life. Give me the strength and the courage to keep going even when I want to give it all up. I pray that you will guide me as I take these steps in conquering my fear and becoming more courageous. Amen.
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