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“Be strong and courageous, because you will lead these people to inherit the land I swore to their ancestors to give them.”

– Deuteronomy 31:6

As we continue talking about moving and taking action in response to the call of Jesus and the promptings of His Spirit, there is a word that’s important to both understand and remember: courage

Webster’s defines courage as “mental or moral strength to venture, persevere, and withstand danger, fear, or difficulty,” and it’s virtue that is always required when you make a choice to take action. As much as I’m a thinker and a person who loves to reflect, the greatest work of God in my life has been accomplished through actions that put my faith into motion. You might say that courage is both prompted by and evoked through action; in other words, without movement, there is no need for it. Since the life of a disciple of Jesus is earmarked by His forward leading, as believers, we will always have to make choices and do things that are uncomfortable. This is why the phrase “be strong and courageous” is used 10 times in the NIV translation of the Bible alone! 

Friend, I encourage you to do something today. Choose a narrow road, pursue a path that’s difficult, or make a choice that’s uncomfortable. Don’t shrink back in fear when God leads, but instead, claim the courage He freely offers; the kind He promises in His Word. The Lord didn’t call you to a life of safety, but to a journey of endless possibilities that can only be realized through action. Every day, you have hundreds of opportunities to choose between life and death, good and evil, and movement vs. stagnation. Always go with the Lord, follow the promptings of His Spirit, and have the courage to say yes to the great adventure of a life with Jesus! 

Prayer


Thank you, Jesus, for filling my heart with courage to face the tasks and challenges you have put before me. With your help, I will say yes and conquer.

Reflection


Do you have courage? Where do you need an extra measure of it right now? Take a moment and pray specifically for that situation.

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