Courage

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How do you find courage? It's just a prayer away, a seat away, and a few inches away.

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Courage

  1. 2. We are all AFRAID of something. We can easily become FEARFUL and AFRAID of anything.
  2. 3. We have various kinds of “PHOBIAS” <ul><li>ACROPHOBIA -- a  fear  of high places </li></ul><ul><li>CLAUSTROPHOBIA -- a  fear  of enclosed places </li></ul><ul><li>CYNOPHOBIA -- a  fear  of dogs </li></ul><ul><li>HYDROPHOBIA -- a  fear  of water </li></ul><ul><li>NECROPHOBIA -- a  fear  of death </li></ul><ul><li>NOCTIPHOBIA -- a  fear  of night </li></ul><ul><li>GLOSSOPHOBIA – a fear of speaking </li></ul>
  3. 4. FEAR is not always wrong or sinful. It can either be a FRIEND or a FOE.
  4. 5. FEAR can be a FRIEND. <ul><li>ACROPHOBIA -- a  fear  of high places </li></ul><ul><li>CLAUSTROPHOBIA -- a  fear  of enclosed places </li></ul><ul><li>CYNOPHOBIA -- a  fear  of dogs </li></ul><ul><li>HYDROPHOBIA -- a  fear  of water </li></ul><ul><li>NECROPHOBIA -- a  fear  of death </li></ul><ul><li>NOCTIPHOBIA -- a  fear  of night </li></ul><ul><li>GLOSSOPHOBIA – a fear of speaking </li></ul>
  5. 6. FEAR can be a FOE. <ul><li>ACROPHOBIA -- a  fear  of high places </li></ul><ul><li>CLAUSTROPHOBIA -- a  fear  of enclosed places </li></ul><ul><li>CYNOPHOBIA -- a  fear  of dogs </li></ul><ul><li>HYDROPHOBIA -- a  fear  of water </li></ul><ul><li>NECROPHOBIA -- a  fear  of death </li></ul><ul><li>NOCTIPHOBIA -- a  fear  of night </li></ul><ul><li>GLOSSOPHOBIA – a fear of speaking </li></ul>
  6. 7. Our greatest problem with FEAR is not FEAR itself. Our greatest problem with FEAR is that we think there’s nothing we can do about FEAR.
  7. 8. The good news is that through Christ FEAR can be overcome with COURAGE . “ Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgement that something else is more important than fear.” Ambrose Redmoon
  8. 9. COURAGE is just a prayer away. <ul><li>Ephesians 6:19-20 </li></ul><ul><li>19 Pray also for me, that whenever I open my mouth, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel, 20 for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should. </li></ul>
  9. 10. COURAGE is just a prayer away. <ul><li>2 Thessalonians 2:16-17 </li></ul><ul><li>16 May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and by his grace gave us eternal encouragement and good hope, 17 encourage your hearts and strengthen you in every good deed and word. </li></ul>
  10. 11. COURAGE is just a seat away. <ul><li>Hebrews 10:24-25 </li></ul><ul><li>24 And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. 25 Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another -- and all the more as you see the Day approaching. </li></ul>
  11. 12. COURAGE is just a seat away. <ul><li>1 Thessalonians 4:18 </li></ul><ul><li>Therefore encourage each other with these words. </li></ul>
  12. 13. COURAGE is just inches away. <ul><li>Joshua 1:6-9 </li></ul><ul><li>6 &quot;Be strong and courageous, because you will lead these people to inherit the land I swore to their forefathers to give them. 7 Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go.” </li></ul>
  13. 14. COURAGE is just inches away. <ul><li>Joshua 1:6-9 </li></ul><ul><li>8 Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. 9 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.&quot; </li></ul>
  14. 15. COURAGE is just inches away. <ul><li>Psalms 42:11 </li></ul><ul><li>11 Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God. </li></ul>
  15. 16. The good news is that through Christ FEAR can be overcome with COURAGE . COURAGE is just… A prayer away… A seat away… A few inches away…
  16. 17. <ul><li>When you’re afraid, spend a few moments in prayer. </li></ul><ul><li>Tell someone about your fears today so that they can encourage you. </li></ul><ul><li>Speak to your own heart and instruct it not to be afraid anymore. </li></ul>
  17. 18. <ul><li>Don’t just do good things; do something great for the kingdom of God. </li></ul><ul><li>Go beyond your comfort zone; face your fears by faith. </li></ul><ul><li>FEAR God, not men or Satan. </li></ul>

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