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Being courageous

  1. 1. Being Courageous Faith That Takes The First Step
  2. 2. Courage Is…. • • • • • • • • • • • • Taking control of the chaos, not being passive Stepping out of your comfort zone Getting out of the boat and walking on the water Decisive action against the odds Standing up to pressure Enduring the tough stuff Not compromising your values and beliefs Knowing who you are – a citizen of Heaven Knowing that you are bigger than you think you are! Knowing who God is Knowing what is right and true Believing that with God there are no limits!
  3. 3. Kinds of Courage • • • • • • • • • Physical Courage - David Moral Courage - Daniel Intellectual Courage - Paul Political Courage – Esther & Mordecai Courage To Face Life’s Struggles - Job Courage To Believe In Yourself - Joseph Courage To Keep Believing In Jesus – Peter The Courage To Obey By Faith Alone – Noah The Courage of Sacrificial Faith - Abraham
  4. 4. The Courage of Jesus • Hebrews 4:14-16 14 Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. 15 For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin. 16 Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
  5. 5. The Disciple’s Courage • Matthew 10:26-33 26 “Therefore do not fear them, for there is nothing concealed that will not be revealed, or hidden that will not be known. 27 What I tell you in the darkness, speak in the light; and what you ear whispered in your ear, proclaim upon the housetops. 28 Do not fear those who kill the body but are unable to kill the soul; but rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. 29 Are not two sparrows sold for a cent? And yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father.30 But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. 31 So do not fear; you are more valuable than many sparrows. 32 “Therefore everyone who confesses Me before men, I will also confess him before My Father who is in heaven. 33 But whoever denies Me before men, I will also deny him before My Father who is in heaven.
  6. 6. Stand Firm In The Lord • Philippians 4:1 Therefore, my beloved brethren whom I long to see, my joy and crown, in this way stand firm in the Lord, my beloved. • The place of our courage is “in the Lord”, to stand firm in our faith and in what we truly believe about Jesus Christ.
  7. 7. The Courage To Make Up • Philippians 4:2 I urge Euodia and I urge Syntyche to live in harmony in the Lord. • Sometimes our greatest act of courage is to apologize to someone we have offended or to cooperate cheerfully with others when things don’t suit us.
  8. 8. Life’s Tough But Your Name Is In The Book • Philippians 4:3 3 Indeed, true companion, I ask you also to help these women who have shared my struggle in the cause of the gospel, together with Clement also and the rest of my fellow workers, whose names are in the book of life. • Job 5:7 Man is made for trouble as sparks fly upward • 1 Peter 5:7 Casting all your anxieties upon Him for He cares for you!
  9. 9. Have A Joyful Attitude • Philippians 4:4 4 Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice! • The joy of the lord is our strength and increases our courage, on the other hand pessimism and hopelessness weaken us.
  10. 10. Don’t Over-React • Philippians 4:5 5 Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. • Be reasonable and gentle in your action and reactions and you will be showing that you are truly a strong person. People who over-react and blow up cannot face the really tough times.
  11. 11. Pray Don’t Worry • Philippians 4:6,7 6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. • A recent German study found that prayer increases self-control, courage and the ability to have willpower under temptation.
  12. 12. Develop A Good Mental Focus Point • Philippians 4:8 8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. • The Focus Point Matters: The mind set on the flesh is death, but the mind set on the Spirit is life and peace (Romans 8:4-6)
  13. 13. Put Faith Into Practice • Philippians 4:9 9 Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me— put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you. • A soldier’s training and constant practice enables them to face the battle.
  14. 14. Don’t Go It Alone! • Philippians 4:10 10 But I rejoiced in the Lord greatly that now at last your care for me has flourished again; though you surely did care, but you lacked opportunity. • Paul was encouraged by the kindness of the Philippians, we all need practical encouragement; no matter how strong we may think that we are.
  15. 15. Adaptability and Contentment • Philippians 4:11,12 11 Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content: 12 I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. • The Special Forces soldier can operate under all conditions of war and environment, they can eat bugs or eat steak. They are flexible, adaptable and strong. On the other hand the weak person complains about everything.
  16. 16. Confidence in Christ’s Power • Philippians 4:13 13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. • It is Christ who strengthens you! The spiritual power of Jesus living in you is that which causes you to “do all things” and to be able to adapt to all of the changes and circumstances of life. With Jesus you “can always cope”!
  17. 17. A Prayer For Courage • Heavenly Father, you have called us to courage and we cannot live well in this fallen world without it. Therefore grant us faith and courage and boldness and power; with contentment and all endurance. Give us the grace to face life courageously and head-on. Change our thinking and cause us to believe, that we can indeed do all things, through Christ who strengthens us! In Jesus Name. Amen.