Five Steps Toward Courage

You may sometimes feel that you are living with a low-grade level of fear and discouragement.  It drags you down and you feel less than your best.  You may even feel that you are living with a malaise of anxiety that grips you.  But God wants you to be courageous.  Deuteronomy 31:6 says, “Be strong and courageous.”  Do you want to know how to do it? The following is how you take courage: 

Remember your position 

Courage comes from recognizing your true position in Christ.  You were born (again) for courage.  Born for victory, born to overcome.  You are righteous, not because of what you do, but because of who you are in Christ and the free gift that God gave you when you accepted Christ as personal Lord and Savior.  And, according to Proverbs 28:1, the righteous are as bold as a lion.  (Get ready to roar in victory.)   

For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. –             2 Timothy 1:7 

Train yourself to see life out of two lenses at the same time 

Be honest about the challenges you face.  Embrace the reality of what is happening.  Nobody benefits from refusing to see what is happening in this world.  However, at the same time, recognize what comes after the “but” in the following two Scripture verses: 

These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world. – John 16:33 

While we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal. – 2 Corinthians 4:18 

 Turn and face your fears 

Something supernatural happens when you turn and face your fears.  When you face your fears, God will give you courage.  It has been said that courage is fear that has said its prayers. Courage is not the absence of fear.  Fear is necessary if you are going to have courage.  It’s what you do with fear that makes you courageous. 

Transfer courage to each other 

You don’t need to go through life alone.  You can get courage from other people.  Encourage one another to see from God’s perspective.  Courage is available for you to grasp by faith.   

Trust in God’s everpresent love 

When you know the Lord is present, you gain courage.  The Lord is with you.  His love will sustain you.  You can put your trust in Christ.  Focus on Jesus.  As the Bible says, God is love, and He is perfect.   

Perfect love casts out fear  John 4:18   

When you add courage to your life, you’ll live with the peace, joy and strength that God wants you to have.  Become the best version of you.