We all know that David killed a giant, but did you know that his nephew Johnathan killed one too? My guess is that he was watching and looking for an example of faith. He heard the stories about the courage of his uncle and knew that the power within him was greater than that which was in the world.
Courage is contagious, which is why we need more faithful servants of God who are willing to follow God’s lead and step out in faith.
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. (Hebrews 12:1, NIV)
Dictionary.com defines courage this way: the quality of mind or spirit that enables a person to face difficulty, danger, pain, etc., without fear; bravery.
That’s the way the world looks at courage. But a more Biblical way to look at courage would be to put aside our fear to do the right thing.
Courageous faith isn’t the absence of fear. It’s a resolve to adhere to God’s will in spite of our fear. Think about that for a minute–if it was easy would it really take courage? If you have nothing to fear would you really be brave? It’s when we face difficulty with hope, and fear with faith, that we’re brave and courageous.
We say, “I can’t do this… I’m not good enough… I’m not strong enough…” And the answer to that? You’re right, but the God that you’re serving is more than enough, and that’s where you’ll find the courage you need.
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Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong. (1 Corinthians 16:13, NIV)
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Darlene Schacht and her husband Michael live in Manitoba Canada where the summers are beautiful and the winters are cold. Together they’ve come to learn that relationships aren’t always easy, but that marriage, the way God intended it to be, is a treasure worth fighting for.
She began her publishing journey about twelve years ago when she pioneered one of the first online magazines for Christian women, known at the time as “Christian Women Online Magazine.” After three years, Darlene left CWO to blog as a solo author at Time-Warp Wife Ministries.
It was also during this transition that she worked alongside actress Candace Cameron Bure to write the NYT Best-Selling book, Reshaping it All: Motivation for Spiritual and Physical Fitness. Reshaping it All was the winner of both the 2011 USA Best Book Awards and the 2012 Christian Reading Retailers Choice Awards.
Author of more than 15 books, Darlene continues to write and to minister to her readers through her blog at TimeWarpWife.com.
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