Courage is…fear that’s been prayed for.*
This afternoon, my youngest daughter, Julianne, called me from college. She was elated.
“Mom, you’ll never believe this. I had to give a speech in biology class today. I woke up nervous and afraid. I was really scared to stand before the group and talk. I reached over for my devotion book and opened it. There I read:
Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you.
Deuteronomy 31:6 (NIV)
Can you believe that?
I prayed and asked God to help me get over my nervousness and not be afraid. I asked Him to help me do the talk.
Later, I went to class and gave my speech.
I wasn’t afraid and in fact I did really well! The instructor even said so.”
Real…and on many different levels.
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.
Joshua 1:9 (NIV)
We know the command is there. We’ve read the words. Now let’s take it a step further….
Choose to believe it.
Consciously decide to give your fears to God and expect Him to take care of you.
What do you fear?
Is it public speaking?
Finances not stretching?
Children’s poor choices?
Losing your job?
Do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
Isaiah 41:10 (NIV)
Resist looking at your fear-provoking circumstance. Gaze on God instead.
Be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart, all you who hope in the Lord.
Psalm 31:24 (NKJV)
Fear… whatever it is….
tell Jesus all about it.
Jesus. Jesus. JESUS!
There’s power in His name. Ask Him to remove your fears, make you courageous, strengthen you, and take care of you.
God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.
When Julianne was afraid she didn’t just sit on it. She knew where to go—God’s Word.
- First, she read His words.
- Second, she chose to believe them.
- Third, she prayed. And God erased her fears and made her courageous.
I sometimes struggle with fear with regard to my children’s choices. So, I told God about it.
Show me spiritual growth in my children…I prayed.
And that’s when I got the wonderful call from Julianne. Seems God answered my prayer too.
For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.
II Timothy 1:7 (NKJV)
*Quote heard on a Christian radio station by an unknown announcer.