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The Face of Courage (3)

December 7th, 2011 1 comment

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.” Courage is a by-product of confidence; and confidence comes with predictability. As we build our relationship with Jesus through a predictable practice of the spiritual disciplines God has given us as means by which we receive His grace, we begin to grow in our confidence as His sons and daughters. The Bible says, “The righteous are as bold as a lion!” (Proverbs 28:1)

This leads to our third face of courage. The courageous “Radiate Confidence.” Look at the spirit of the mighty war horse:

He laughs at danger, fearless,
doesn’t shy away from the sword.
The banging and clanging
of quiver and lance don’t faze him.

Have you ever been around someone who exudes confidence? They are bold, calm, and yet full of life. Some mistakenly confuse their confidence with arrogance. But the two are not the same. The confident man places hope in the Lord, and not in his own strength or abilities.

As a result, he is able to laugh in the face of danger! He enjoys a vital faith that has been forged in the furnace of radical preparation. Because he has spent time alone with God discovering God’s passions and delights, he leaves the prayer closet radiating with faith! The sounds of battle don’t faze him. He is not jumpy or skiddish. He’s comfortable on the front lines. He’d rather be on the battle front than sitting in the front pew. His heart resonates with the words of the famous missionary C.T. Studd who said:

Some want to live
within the sound
of church or chapel bell;
I want to run
a rescue shop
within a yard of hell.

How about you?

Are you comfortable with the sights and sounds of the battle?

Are you confident as you live for Jesus?

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The Four Faces of Courage (2)

December 5th, 2011 No comments

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 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:

Radical Preparation

He paws the ground fiercely, eager and spirited, then charges into the fray.
Job 39:21, Message

Imagine this powerful, prancing stallion pawing at the ground in anticipation for the battle. The earth shakes and scatters under the force of his hooves. As the ground is chiseled away, this mighty war horse begins to “rejoice” in his strength! The NKJV says, “He paws in the valley, and rejoices in his strength; He gallops into the clash of arms. (NKJV)

I believe this is a picture of the confidence we gain through radical preparation. This stallion is excited by watching the demonstration of his own physical prowess. His strength makes the thought of war desirable!

Our radical preparation comes through our commitment to the spiritual disciplines of the Christian walk. Confidence is a by product of predictability. Predictability comes through discipline.

As we grow in our relationship with Jesus, in our knowledge of His Word and in our ability to share the gospel with others, our courage grows. We actually look for opportunities to stand up for Christ.

Solomon reminds us that “the horse is made ready for the day of battle…” (Proverbs 21:31)
If we are to have the courage to face our enemies, we must learn to master the gifts God has placed in our hands. Our courage and confidence go hand in hand.

What practical things are you doing to prepare for war?

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Four Faces of Courage

December 2nd, 2011 2 comments

In the book of Job (39:19-25), we see a powerful description of a stallion that has been trained for the battle. This account helps to put a “face” on courage. If we are to be men of courage, we need to possess the following:

1. Righteous Anger

“Are you the one who gave the horse his prowess
and adorned him with a shimmering mane?
Did you create him to prance proudly
and strike terror with his royal snorts?

The sound of an army of snorting war stallions was enough to send fear into the hearts of the enemy. The prophet Jeremiah gives a colorful picture of the power of a holy snort:

“The snorting of His horses was heard from Dan. The whole land trembled at the sound of the neighing of His strong ones; for they have come and devoured the land and all that is in it, the city and those who dwell in it.”
Jeremiah 8:16

This “royal snorting” is a picture of righteous indignation. It is the sound of a heart that is grieved by sin and angry with evil.

To become men of courage, we must learn to love what God loves and hate what God hates. Consider the following admonitions from the Lord:

Hate evil, love good; Establish justice in the gate. (Amos 5:15)

You who love the LORD, hate evil! (Psalm 97:10)

We don’t hate people, just the evil that destroys their lives. When we love people the way Jesus does, we will courageously stand against the sin which brings destruction to both individuals and to our nation.

What makes you “snort?”

What area of injustice or perversion angers you the most?

What is the Lord asking you to do about it?

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