Hello, wonderful friends!
What an extraordinary time to be alive, right? So much is happening in the world right now, it’s a challenge to keep up with all the prayer requests. I’m thankful God sees us no matter where we are or what we’re going through.
I hope this study of courage has been a blessing to you the way it’s blessed me. I swear, the Lord keeps leading me to topics that I need to address in my own life, yet I keep hearing that it’s like I’m writing directly to each of you. Isn’t the Holy Spirit wonderful?
Choosing to be courageous is a difficult thing in our lives today. It’s always been difficult, but in these times (which I do believe are the end times) it’s scarier than ever to willingly put yourself in the crosshairs.
Isn’t it better to just operate in the background? Isn’t it more efficient to just do life where nobody can see you or interfere with your projects or goals?
Maybe. But let’s not forget, we’re here for a reason. We’re here because God still has stuff for us to do, and most of that stuff involves other people who don’t know Him yet. To make a difference in the lives of other people, we have to get our hands dirty. We have to take risks on relationships. We have to be visible. And that takes courage.
That’s why courage matters. Courage is a choice to pursue God when it’s not popular. Courage is the tool we use to speak the truth with love to a world that doesn’t want to hear it and hates us in return.
This week we’re digging into why courage matters.
April 25 - Because it’s part of obedience
April 26 - Because we need leaders
April 27 - Because we’re not called to blend in
April 28 - Because it pleases God
April 29 - Because the world is a scary place
Also, our memory verse for this week (Psalm 112:7) is a great reminder of why we can face our lives and all our troubles with courage.
How’s your confidence this week? Are you leaning on the Lord to direct you and support you, even when you get bad news? I’m sure trying to.
May the Lord richly bless you this week and may He show you in some demonstrable way that you can trust Him without question.
Love you all so very much!
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