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Eight Ingredients For A Better Life

 Be Of Good Courage

Terry Fulks

October 17, 2021

Here are six observations about a Biblical view on being strong and courageous.

 

 

  1. God commands you to be strong and courageous.

 

7 “Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go. 8 Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. 9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”

Joshua 1:7–9

 

6 Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”

Deuteronomy 31:6

 

 

2. God’s Spirit helps make you strong and courageous.

 

6 For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands. 7 For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.

2 Timothy 1:6–7

3. By standing firm in the faith you can be strong and courageous.

 

 

13 Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong. 14 Do everything in love.

1 Corinthians 16:13–14

 

4. You can be strong and courageous because Christ has overcome this world. 

 

33 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

John 16:33

 

 

5. When you feel fearful, put your trust in the Lord. 

 

3 When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.

4 In God, whose word I praise—

in God I trust and am not afraid.

What can mere mortals do to me?

Psalm 56:3–4

 

28 Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell.

Matthew 10:28

 

 

6. God’s Love drives out your fear so you can be strong and courageous. 

 

16 And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them. 17 This is how love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment: In this world we are like Jesus. 18 There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.

1 John 4:15–18

 

Some truths about courage and fear that you need to understand: 

  • Make sure you make a distinction between “I feel fear” and “I am a fearful person”.
  • Courage is not the absence of fear, it is feeling the fear and going ahead and doing what needs to be done.
  • Get used to being uncomfortable.
  • Remember courage is not saved for the one big thing like running into a burning building to rescue a child.

 

Next Steps:

  • Identify the one thing you would do “if you had the courage.”
  • Pray about that one thing and for the Lord to give you strength and courage.
  • Try to do one thing a day that is out of your comfort zone–it does not have to be big.
  • Print off from your computer the sermon and read the verses I used this morning everyday for a week.

Connection prayer:  Thank you God that you give me the strength I need to be courageous. I now, with what faith I have, confess that you Jesus died on the cross for my sins, were buried, and rose from the dead on the third day. I take you as my Savior, Lord, and Leader. Please forgive me of my sins and thank you for your forgiveness. Help me to follow you all the days of my life. Amen

 

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They will be collecting items for the boxes for the next few weeks. We will have collection bins by the Worship Center entrance where you can donate small toys/stuffed animals, hygiene items (non-liquid), toothbrushes, washcloths, school supplies, socks, jewelry, flashlights. All items must be able to fit into a shoebox.

 

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