I want to share some truths about God-given courage. My pastor, Dr. Tom Peters describes courage this way. “Courage is the muscle that makes your faith work. It activates your set of beliefs.” As we inquire deeply into the Scriptures, we can discover a multitude of resources God makes available to help us activate our beliefs and give us the courage we need. Deuteronomy is one of them. It is a courage-building resource. Here are two examples from it. Deuteronomy 7:21 (NKJV) says, “You shall not be terrified of them; for the LORD your God, the great and awesome God, is among you.” Deuteronomy 31:6 (NKJV) says, “Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the LORD your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you.”
We can be “Be strong and of good courage” because God is always on the throne of His great power and faithfulness. Dr. Peters also says, “Courage is not the absence of fear; it is the conquest of it. Courage may mean doing it afraid – until you’re no longer afraid.” You can turn those words into stepping-stones to a victorious life. I’m Dr. Bob. It is amazing to me that knowing God and His Word allows us to do what we might fear, and in the process, lose our fear and gain our confidence.