Dare to Be Courageous
Are you more familiar with feeling discouraged? I know I’ve spent way too much time there. 🙁
I’ve been reading a book on leadership called, About Ministry Velocity: The Power for Leadership Momentum, by Wayne Schmidt. He says, “Discouragement seems to come in two forms: Dis-courage. This is to be drained of courage. It’s when circumstances of life or the criticism of people leaves us empty. It’s variously referred to as burn-out or dryness of soul. We’re unable to muster the internal fortitude necessary to take the next steps. Dys-courage. This is dysfunctional courage. It is when we create cheap substitutes for the real thing. It is when we inflate our ego or become insensitive in order to rise above the circumstances of life or the criticism of people.”
I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to have either one of those.
I want to be courageous, but what does that look like?
When I think of being courageous, I think of movies where our hero or heroine faces challenges that seem too overwhelming to even consider continuing the fight. There is just something about watching a beloved character go through a devastating loss and still press on—not quit.
Captain America is probably my favorite superhero (not just because Chris Evans played him, either 😉). Steve Rogers wanted so badly to serve his country, he was willing to do whatever it took to do it, even to the point of allowing an injection of some unknown serum to be placed in his body. The transformation was painful. Afterword he has both victories and losses. No matter what happened, he swore to his own hurt and changed not (Psalm 15:4 NKJV). He didn’t allow the world to change him, even when he woke up fifty years later and all he knew and loved was gone. He could have been bitter and angry, but he wasn’t because he made the choice to serve. He stayed true to his convictions.
This may sound a little crazy, but humor me.
In John 14:15, Jesus tells His disciples He, “will ask the Father, and He will give you another Advocate, who will never leave you.” When we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior, we are allowing an “injection” of life into our bodies. It will change us. Literally transform us, inside and out. We will have uncommon strength, powder and abilities. There will be times of pain and loss, but there will also be times of victory. The evil of this world WILL come against us. In that moment, will you and I be willing to stand our ground and fight no matter the battle we are in?
No matter the cost.
Will we swear to our own hurt and change not?
Jesus is the ultimate Hero. Hebrews 4:15-16 (CSB) tells us, “we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who has been tempted in every way as we are, yet without sin. THEREFORE, let us approach the throne of grace with boldness, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in time of need.”
He knows how we feel. The struggles we go through aren’t something He has to go off and consider before offering assistance AND we have the Holy Spirit to give us the strength to do whatever we need to do!
Y’all, I don’t know about you, but I am getting crazy excited about this!
You might be asking, “well how can I get this injection of The Holy Spirit?
Well, I am glad you asked!
First, accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior.
That happens by saying this simple prayer
Dear Lord Jesus, I know that I am a sinner, and I ask for Your forgiveness. I believe You died for my sins and rose from the dead. I turn from my sins and invite You to come into my heart and life. I want to trust and follow You as my Lord and Savior. Amen
It is at that moment that the Holy Spirit comes to live in your heart. The next step is to ask God to help you to recognize the Holy Spirit. The Bible promises that all you have to do is ask and listen.
Lord Jesus, You promised, “The Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in Your name, will teach us all things and will remind us of everything You have said to us” (John 14:26). Help me to remember that I don’t know everything and that this is okay because the Holy Spirit understands it all. Fill me with the Holy Spirit and His understanding of everything that is happening in my life. Amen.
The enemy will come in like a lion and will seek to destroy what you have done. You will have doubt, but you can just tell him, “Satan you are a liar! I rebuke you in the name of Jesus Christ.” He has to flee at the mention of Jesus’ Holy name.
Remember courage comes from within through Jesus Christ and The Holy Spirit!
I pray this post has given you hope and encouragement.
Please let me know if there is anything, I can do to assist you in your journey.
I’d like to invite you to my free Facebook group, Dare to Be You with Dianna Sandora. There is even a free mentoring program! http://bit.ly/Dare2BeU