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Courageous Living: Faith’s Focus

Courage is not the absence of fear, but the conviction that there are other things more important in life than MY life. Courage is fear with a proper focus. Oswald Chambers once observed, “The remarkable thing about fearing God is that when you fear God you fear nothing else, whereas if you do not fear God you fear everything else.”

What an amazing paradox! We are free to live courageously not when we become fearless, but when we fear the RIGHT thing. True courage is that which conforms to the character of God and the convictions He has declared to be true. Men of courage love who God is and they trust what God says.

Courage comes when we choose to place our hope in the character and reputation of God over every other opinion or threat. Look at the challenge Moses gave to Joshua and the people as they prepared to enter the promised land [Deuteronomy 31:6-8, Amp]:

Be strong, courageous, and firm; fear not nor be in terror before them, for it is the Lord your God Who goes with you; He will not fail you or forsake you.

And Moses called to Joshua and said to him in the sight of all Israel, Be strong, courageous, and firm, for you shall go with this people into the land which the Lord has sworn to their fathers to give them, and you shall cause them to possess it.

It is the Lord Who goes before you; He will [march] with you; He will not fail you or let you go or forsake you; [let there be no cowardice or flinching, but] fear not, neither become broken [in spirit--depressed, dismayed, and unnerved with alarm].

Sin separates us from God and severs us from what He is doing in the earth. Obedience gives us confidence that God is with us! Is sin dampening your confidence in God? Deal with it now.

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  1. Janet Jackson
    November 23rd, 2011 at 05:44 | #1

    This is really the message I have received for over a week now (Same Spirit!) It is really just a word, “STAND!” A very strong word. It is important that I do not give ground or remove my armor. I know I do not stand alone; He is with me! Hallelujah!

  2. November 23rd, 2011 at 16:52 | #2

    It is amazing how when we are just a LITTLE off, our entire perspective changes and slowly, fear creeps in!!! I took your advice and “dealt with it” just now! Thanks for being so diligent and for taking the time to study His word and present “digestible” chunks for all of us. It means a lot to me.

    Great word Mr. Congressman!!!

  3. November 28th, 2011 at 17:33 | #3

    Thanks for the confirmation, Janet! Keep standing!

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