COURAGE
by Pastor Derrick Jackson on June 5th, 2011

Courage is defined as "the mental and spiritual fortitude that enables a person to address difficulty, opposition, danger, pain, and grief without fear." As humans, we have a natural inclination to fear or to avoid difficulty, opposition, danger, pain, and grief. This avoidance will not eliminate the occurence of hardship and unpleasant situations. Life is guaranteed to present each of us with challenges that include difficulty, opposition, danger, pain, and grief. To manage and/or rise above these challenges, we need courage.

Courage begins with God. God provides all that we need to obtain courage. Courage is found in His Word. God has designed life in such a way that the human experience can be fulfilled within the paradigm of His Word. King David speaks to us from the Word of God in Psalm 23. David, a man of war and courage, said, "Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For You [are] with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me." (Psalm 23:4 NKJV) David's life is threatened; yet he finds courage in the divine counsel of the Great Shepherd. God's guidance (His staff) and God's loving protection (His rod) give David the assurance that He needs to be courageous while facing danger and opposition.

Godly courage is cultivated in us each time we exhibit belief and trust in God's Word in our response to hardship and unpleasant situations. The Word of God empowers us to confront and process the realities of life with real courage and godly assurance. We should continue to return to the place where courage begins - the Word of God.


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