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Courageous Living: The Context of Courage

Life requires courage. Each day we are faced with difficult challenges and demanding choices. This is simply life. Jesus told His disciples:

Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33, NLT)

It’s the trials and sorrows that challenge us to be men of courage. Every challenge, each trial, asks us an important question:

”In who or what will you place your faith and confidence?”

You see, life is war. The battleground is the human heart. In what will you place your trust? This is why Paul challenged his spiritual son, Timothy, to…

“Fight the good fight of faith” (I Timothy 6:12, NKJ)

The fight is over where you place your faith in the face of life’s “many trials and sorrows.”

War demands courage. We have to face our fears. We must engage our enemies. We must…

“Be men of courage…” (I Corinthians 16:13)

Sometimes we think that courage is the same as fearlessness. However, just the opposite is true. In fact, fear is a pre-requisite for courage. Courage is never required until you are forced to face something you fear!

Courage reveals who and what we fear. Courage reveals what we truly value most.

Most people value themselves. They live for their own survival and well-being.

That’s why this life, filled with trials, difficulties and fears, provides the perfect context for courageous living. This fallen world is the crucible that reveals what we love the most and who we trust the most.

What is a challenge you are facing right now? How does it reveal who you love and trust most?

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