Posted in Bible Studies, courage

4 Biblical requirements to have courage

What is courage?

Courage is being scared to death, but saddling up anyway.” John Wayne

1907-1979

“Courage is going from failure to failure without losing your enthusiasm.”Winston Churchill

1874-1965

These are encouraging words and actions from some well known, and respected men and women.

Courageous People

Anne Frank

1929-1945

and her family living in secret and quiet to hide from the Nazis.

Harriet Tubman

Harriet Tubman

1822-1913

Leading slaves to freedom on the underground railroad.

Sir Edmund Hillary

1910-2008

Climbing up Mount Everest.

Rosa Parks

1913-2005

Refusing to give up her seat on the bus.

You can have courage, too.

Does the Bible tell us what it takes to have courage?

Bible verses about Courage

  • Joshua 23:6
  • Psalm 27:14
  • Psalm 31:24
  • Proverbs 24:11-12
The Eagle maintains focus until it gets the results it is seeking.

1. Keep Focused on The LORD

Be ye therefore very courageous to keep and to do all that is written in the book of the law of Moses, that ye turn not aside therefrom to the right hand or to the left; Joshua 23:6

I believe that if I am to experience a courageous life then I need to keep my focus on the LORD.

There are many things that can cause a person to lose hope in any given situation. One of those is the realization that we often have in understanding that there are just some things that we cannot accomplish on our own. I had to come to the point in my life where I could admit to myself that there are just some things that I am not capable of doing on my own.

Sometimes we must ask for help

“(To the chief Musician for the sons of Korah, A Song upon Alamoth.) God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.”  Psalm 46:1 KJV


Hand in sea water. Help! Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay

Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.

1 Peter 5:7

2. Don’t Be in a Hurry


Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD. Psalm 27:14 KJV

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While the world around us moves and hurries to find strength and satisfaction, we as believers find our needs met by the Lord Jesus Christ.

All of these can be found in abundance if we will trust in the author and finisher of our faith.

Hebrews 12:2 KJV
Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.

3. Be Hopeful

He is Risen. Three empty crosses.

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.

1 Peter 1:3 KJV

(1 John 3:1-3) KJV
Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not.
 
Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.
 
And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.

4. Be Confident in the Lord


Proverbs 24:11 
If thou forbear to deliver them that are drawn unto death, and those that are ready to be slain;

 
Proverbs 24:12 
If thou sayest, Behold, we knew it not; doth not he that pondereth the heart consider it? and he that keepeth thy soul, doth not he know it? and shall not he render to everyman according to his works?

God will make all things right in His time.

Things that worry me

  • Finances
  • School
  • Work
  • Family
  • Friends
  • Life in general

Don’t Worry

2 Samuel 22:7 In my distress I called upon the LORD, and cried to my God: and he did hear my voice out of his temple, and my cry did enter into his ears.

Psalm 55:22 Cast thy burden upon the LORD, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.

Posted in May 2019, Verse of the Month

I Know Who Made Me


The spirit of God hath made me, and the breath of the Almighty hath given me life. Job 33:4

King James Bible

Memory Verse of the Month – May, 2019

Why take a month for scripture memorization?

As I consider the words of this verse, there are three ideas that come to mind.

  1. The Spirit of God.
  2. The creating power of God.
  3. The sustaining power of God.

There is so much truth wrapped up in the seventeen words found in this verse that a careful study of what is contained in the words of Scripture will bring me many hours of drawing close to God through his word.

Therefore, it will be necessary to take a month out of the year to better understand the direction of the Lord as He guides me through His Word.

At that rate, I will have memorized and studied twelve verses per year.

While I may not be awarded any prizes for my efforts on this side of eternity, it is my firm belief that the spiritual rewards will greatly outweigh any temporal successes that I might achieve.

Look for the upcoming Bible Study on Job 33:4

Posted in Eternal Life

Eternal Life

As I think about the subject of eternal life, I cannot help but wonder about the love that God the Father has shown toward mankind.

Couples love each other
Fathers love their sons.
Families love each other.
God loves the world.


John 3:16
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. KJV

God preserves those that love him.

Psalm 145:20

The LORD preserveth all them that love him: but all the wicked will he destroy.

We really exhibit our love when we believe the words of those that we love.

Acts 16:30 And brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved?

Acts 16:31 And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.

Why do I need to be saved?

(Romans 3:23) For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;

God will save all that come to Him in faith.

(Romans 5:8) But God commendeth His love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

Have you came to Jesus Christ for salvation?

Don’t put it off. Time is short.


James 4:14
Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.

The vapor trail from a jet soon disappears.


Hebrews 9:27
And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:

Are you preserved by God?

Posted in Christ the King

Do you know my King?

He who shall introduce into public affairs the principles of Christ will change the face of the world. –Benjamin Franklin

(John 18:37-38) Pilate therefore said unto him, Art thou a king then? Jesus answered, Thou sayest that I am a king. To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth. Every one that is of the truth heareth my voice. Pilate saith unto him, What is truth? And when he had said this, he went out again unto the Jews, and saith unto them, I find in him no fault at all. (KJV)

Jesus is my King. In Him there is is no fault

I. My King is Glorious

(Psalms 24:7-10) Lift up your heads, O ye gates; and be ye lift up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in. Who is this King of glory? The LORD strong and mighty, the LORD mighty in battle. Lift up your heads, O ye gates; even lift them up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in. Who is this King of glory? The LORD of hosts, he is the King of glory. Selah. (KJV)

II. My King is Supreme

(Revelation 19:16) And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS. (KJV)

III. My King is Powerful

(Mark 1:25-27) And Jesus rebuked him, saying, Hold thy peace, and come out of him. And when the unclean spirit had torn him, and cried with a loud voice, he came out of him. And they were all amazed, insomuch that they questioned among themselves, saying, What thing is this? what new doctrine is this? for with authority commandeth he even the unclean spirits, and they do obey him. (KJV)

IV. My King is Exalted

(Philippians 2:9-11) Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. (KJV)

V. My King is Faithful

(Revelation 1:5) And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood, (KJV)