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The Face of Courage (4)

In the book of Job (39:19-25, Message), we see a powerful description of a stallion that has been trained for the battle. This account helps to put a “face” on courage. The first ingredient we discussed was “Righteous Anger.” We must have a holy hatred for sin before we have the courage to stand against it. The second face of courage is involves “Radical Preparation.” Courageous people are prepared. Preparation is the breeding ground of courage. Our third point was that the courageous “Radiate Confidence.” This confidence makes them cool under the pressures of war.

This leads to our final “face.” The courageous “Rejoice in the Day of Battle.” Once again, look at the example of the war horse:

He quivers with excitement, and at the trumpet blast
races off at a gallop.
At the sound of the trumpet he neighs mightily,
smelling the excitement of battle from a long way off,
catching the rolling thunder of the war cries.

When conflict or opposition arises, many Christians look for the bomb shelter! They want nothing to do with warfare. They love churches that make them feel comfortable, safe and secure.

However, this is not the apostolic, overcoming, militant Church which Jesus purchased at the price of His own blood. God is looking for a people who look forward to engaging in God’s battles. While we all would prefer times of peace over seasons of war (Ecclesiastes 3:8), we nonetheless are called to put on the armor of God so that we can stand strong in the evil day (Ephesians 6:13).

And make no mistake, we are living in evil days. The signs of cultural decay are all around us. We have leaders actively promoting wickedness, calling “good” what God has clearly marked “evil.” It’s time for the Church of Jesus Christ to recapture our zeal for righteousness and our excitement at the smell of a worthy battle.

It’s time for courageous men to lead! The Bible tells us,

“When the princes in Israel take the lead,
when the people willingly offer themselves—
praise the LORD! (Judges 5:1, 2)

When men of God lead the way, the people will follow. Courage, like fear, is a spirit that can be caught by those around us. Are you inspiring people to live bold, courageous lives for Christ or are you living a “play-it-safe”, fear-bound, maintain the status quo, bury your head in the sand, “sure hope Jesus comes soon”, cultural Christianity?

It’s time to run to the battle!

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  1. Janet Jackson
    December 9th, 2011 at 07:26 | #1

    We are called and commanded to bring the Light where we see darkness; where the lost are searching and the hungry need bread. We must not leave them ignorant of God’s Word; We must remain clean of their blood, even when we are rebuked. It is my honor to bring light for Him, for His glory.
    My blood may fall on the battlefield, but I carry the DNA of Christ Jesus, and His blood has already been shed. What is there to fear? When He commands it, the battle has already been won! Hallelujah! Come on! His sword has gone before us!
    The Gift of Prophesy brings Light to The Word of God; The Office of Prophet brings Light to The Will of God. We must have The Word within us; We must pray for a Light to know the Will of God, then shine the light for others to follow.
    Thank You, Father, for Your Precious Son, Christ Jesus, The Light of the world, Who came and gave Himself for us to follow. Amen

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