“A great deal of talent is lost to the world for want of a little courage.” –Sydney Smith
In Colossians 4:15-17, the apostle Paul wrote to the Laodicean church and especially to a man named Archippus; Paul encouraged him to stir up the ministry (gifts) which were in him and fulfill what God had called him to do.
Acts 28:15… “And from thence, when the brethren heard of us, they came to meet us as far as Appii forum, and The three taverns: whom when Paul saw, he thanked God, and took courage” (KJV).
Isaiah 41:6… “They helped every one his neighbour; and every one said to his brother, Be of good courage.”
Joshua 1:9… “Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.”
Courage means to be alert… Courage means making yourself mentally undefeatable, being battle ready, having the state or quality of mind or spirit that enables one to face danger or fear with confidence and resolution, having the quality or state of being heroic, having backbone, or having boldness or pluck. Courage is resistance to fear and the mastery of it. It is not the absence of fear.
Courage in rejection… Matthew 5:11-12… “Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you” (KJV). The word “rejection” carries the thought of being rebuffed, brushed off, given the cold shoulder, snubbed, slighted, or always put down. But Jesus said “rejoice.” Why? Because you gain mastery over someone’s put-down of you. You cannot master someone else’s tongue, but you are the master of your own ears and spirit.
Courage in frustration… James 1:2-4… “Dear brothers and sisters, whenever trouble comes your way, let it be an opportunity for joy. For when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be strong in character and ready for anything” (NLT). The word “frustration” means “to be prevented from accomplishing a purpose or fulfilling a desire, to be thwarted.” 1 Peter 1:6-7… “So be truly glad! There is wonderful joy ahead, even though it is necessary for you to endure many trials for a while. These trials are only to test your faith, to show that it is strong and pure. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold–and your faith is far more precious to God than mere gold. So if your faith remains strong after being tried by fiery trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world.”
Courage in uncertainty… 2 Timothy 1:7… “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind” (KJV). The word “uncertainty” refers to being in doubt about something; things are not clear and you hesitate and waver before making a decision. 1 Corinthians 14:33… “For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace.” Psalm 23:4… “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.”
Courage in loneliness… Romans 8:38-39… “And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from his love. Death can’t, and life can’t. The angels can’t, and the demons can’t. Our fears for today, our worries about tomorrow, and even the powers of hell can’t keep God’s love away. Whether we are high above the sky or in the deepest ocean, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord” (NLT). The word “loneliness” refers to being without companions, being in a solitary place, or desolate. Isaiah 57:15… “For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones” (KJV).
Courage in loss… Isaiah 61:1-3… “The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is upon me, because the LORD has appointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to comfort the brokenhearted and to announce that captives will be released and prisoners will be freed. He has sent me to tell those who mourn that the time of the Lord’s favor has come, and with it, the day of God’s anger against their enemies. To all who mourn in Israel, he will give beauty for ashes, joy instead of mourning, praise instead of despair. For the LORD has planted them like strong and graceful oaks for his own glory” (NLT). The word “loss” refers to the condition of being deprived or bereaved of something or someone.
God cares for you... Ezekiel 34:11-16… “For thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I, even I, will both search my sheep, and seek them out. As a shepherd seeketh out his flock in the day that he is among his sheep that are scattered; so will I seek out my sheep, and will deliver them out of all places where they have been scattered in the cloudy and dark day. And I will bring them out from the people, and gather them from the countries, and will bring them to their own land, and feed them upon the mountains of Israel by the rivers, and in all the inhabited places of the country. I will feed them in a good pasture, and upon the high mountains of Israel shall their fold be: there shall they lie in a good fold, and in a fat pasture shall they feed upon the mountains of Israel. I will feed my flock, and I will cause them to lie down, saith the Lord GOD. I will seek that which was lost, and bring again that which was driven away, and will bind up that which was broken, and will strengthen that which was sick: but I will destroy the fat and the strong; I will feed them with judgment” (KJV).
Pastor George Belobaba
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