God tells us, about 50 times, to be courageous.
What is Courage?
Courage: “The quality or state of mind or spirit that enables one to face danger, fear, or vicissitudes with self-possession, confidence, and resolution; bravery.”
Courage enables us to do what the Lord tells us to do.
Remember: There is a difference between courage and foolishness.
Joseph of Arimathea came, a prominent member of the Council, who himself was waiting for the kingdom of God; and he gathered up courage and went in before Pilate, and asked for the body of Jesus. (Mark 15:43)
How do we “gather up our courage?”
#1 Stand on your firm foundation in the Lord.
Jesus Christ is your Lord. Remind yourself about who He is, your position as God’s child, and God’s promises about your future.
Remember: He is with you.
Take courage; it is I, do not be afraid. (Mark 6:50)
Remember: You are in a battle for a great cause.
#2 Be clear about your objective
The Lord has chosen you to do some task. ACT! (1 Chronicles 28:10)
What is it He wants you to do?
Or, sometimes the Lord has chosen you to wait. It can take courage NOT to act, but to wait. (Psalm 27:14)
#3 Be conscious of your witness
Courage can be contagious… But so, also, can cowardice.
Paul’s imprisonment gave others more courage to speak the word of God without fear. (Philippians 1:14)
Pray at every step, not just this one!
#5 Do It Scared!
Still Scared? Did God tell you to act?
Do it scared.