Posts Tagged ‘bravery’

  

“Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.” (Ephesians‬ ‭6‬:‭13‬ NIV)

In his book, The Blue and the Gray, James Robertson shares a story about a cowardly Confederate Chaplain:

“We got into a little row with the Yankees a few days ago and our parson, deeming, no doubt, that discretion was the better part of valor, took to his heels when the shells commenced flying and I have not seen him since. A New England officer who had witnessed the same misbehavior insisted that ‘undue susceptibility to cannon fever were ample grounds for the disqualification of a chaplain.'”

Standing our ground can be tough to do. While we may not face a barrage of Civil War cannons, we do face public pressure, peer sentiment, and relational confrontations. The last thing God needs is cowards on the front line, caving in to popular opinion or flat-out false beliefs in order to save face or keep a church pew filled! The right thing will always be the right thing, regardless of pop culture’s windblown preferences!

Being brave isn’t always easy, so let God help you. He gives you the strength to do it, the backing to stand with you, and the healing of the heart afterwards. But caving in to cowardice will always lead to heartache! Stand your ground! You are loved today! 

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After this prayer, the meeting place shook, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit. Then they preached the word of God with boldness.” (Acts of the Apostles‬ ‭4‬:‭31‬ NLT)

In the late ’90s, a teenage Bradley Willman had an online encounter with a pedophile. Willman contacted the police, and the man was arrested. As an adult, he created a Trojan virus that helped him to catch many other pedophiles, including a county judge.

Sometimes it takes an extremely negative situation to give us the boldness to confront a situation. But as the Bible shows us, we can be bold for God at all times by the working of the Holy Spirit. While anger or fear can spur on negative reactions, the Holy Spirit helps us to be bold in the right way and with right motives.

Do you struggle with fear? Are you easily intimidated from sharing your faith? Ask God for boldness. You can become the hero that God will use to help others! You are loved today!

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You have armed me with strength for the battle.” (Psalms‬ ‭18‬:‭39‬ NLT)

German Pastor Dietrich Bonhoeffer courageously took a very unpopular stand against Jewish persecution by the Nazis, which was being supported by the state church. By bravely breaking away, he created a new group called the “Confessing Church” and led an ‘illegal’ seminary. Because of his passionate resistance, he was eventually arrested and executed on April 9, 1945, merely five months before the war ended.

The only way Bonhoeffer could’ve faced his circumstances was by what the psalmist describes: “You have armed me with strength for the battle.” God gives each of us the measure of courage and faith that we need to plow ahead, regardless of our obstacles. While we focus so heavily on our chances for failure, we also forget that we have just as great a chance to succeed when it’s what God desires!

Courage is not the absence of fear, but the ability to operate in the face of it. Sometimes you just have to do what you have to do. If God is with you, then don’t worry about what might happen. Nothing you do in obedience to God is ever a waste! You are loved today! Go get ’em!