How to Infuse More Courage Into Your Life
He said to his disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?”
When we face a hardship in life, is fear the first emotion we feel?
It doesn’t have to be; we can respond in faith regardless of our circumstances.
Remember, courage isn’t just an attitude of toughness or determination; it is a quality of mind and spirit that enables us to meet the challenges of life with peace.Remember, courage isn’t just an attitude of toughness or determination; it is a quality of mind and spirit that enables us to meet the challenges of life with peace. Click To Tweet
Here are four important things to remember when facing life’s trials:
1. Be aware of God’s presence.
The most important thing to realize through any hardship or temptation is that God is with us.
While other people may desert us, the Lord never will.
Remember what Jesus said about the Holy Spirit:
“I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may be with you forever; that is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it does not see Him or know Him, but you know Him because He abides with you and will be in you”
When we trust Christ as our Savior, the Holy Spirit will always be with us, no matter what.When we trust Christ as our Savior, the Holy Spirit will always be with us, no matter what. Click To Tweet
2. Draw from God’s strength.
Stressful circumstances can drain us emotionally, physically, and spiritually, which can make us more vulnerable to satanic attacks.
Another key to facing any difficulty with courage is to draw from the Lord’s strength.
As Jesus said, “….the Father sent the Holy Spirit to help us”.
The Spirit is the third person of the Godhead, and He dwells within every born-again believer, providing divine power for living the Christian life.
Through Him, we gain discernment and spiritual wisdom.
He strengthens us physically and guides our emotions as we submit to His leading.He strengthens us physically and guides our emotions as we submit to His leading. Click To Tweet
3. Yield to His purpose.
When Paul stood before the Roman tribunal to give his defense, he knew their authority amounted to nothing compared to the power of God. He also knew his suffering was for a specific purpose.
The apostle said,
“At my first defense, no one came to my support, but everyone deserted me. May it not be held against them. But the Lord stood at my side and gave me strength so that through me the message might be fully proclaimed and all the Gentiles might hear it. And I was delivered from the lion’s mouth.”
(2 Timothy 4:16-17)
Knowing the Lord is always near, Paul was confident he could yield to the Father’s will.
It wouldn’t be the tribunal’s decision whether or not to take his life, it would be God’s.
Because Paul trusted the Lord’s plan, he was able to give one of the greatest defenses of the faith ever proclaimed. His suffering served a purpose: ‘to share the message of the risen Savior with the Gentiles, and eventually the world’.
We need to know our suffering is not in vain.We need to know our suffering is not in vain. Click To Tweet
God sometimes allows affliction in order to accomplish His purposes, which include demonstrating to the world His faithfulness through our lives.
Hardship gives us the chance to say,
“Let me tell you about the Lord. He is the source of my strength, faith, perseverance, and endurance. He’s the One enabling me to go through this.”
4. Meditate on His Word.
There is one other thing that can keep our spirits up during difficult times – God’s Word.
Paul specifically asked Timothy to bring his scrolls and parchments when he was on trial in Rome
“When you come, bring the cloak that I left with Carpus at Troas,
and my scrolls, especially the parchments.”
(2 Timothy 4:13)
While nobody knows for certain, more than likely those ‘scrolls’ were early writings of the gospel (or some portion of it) and the ‘parchments’ referred to Hebrew Scripture.
In spite of the sermons Paul preached, the churches he established, and the profound knowledge he had, he was just as normal as any of us.
He needed the living Word of God to remind him of the truth and provide encouragement.
When we encounter hardships in life, reading Scripture on a daily basis protects our hearts and minds.When we encounter hardships in life, reading Scripture on a daily basis protects our hearts and minds. Click To Tweet
If you will remember to do these four things, you can be filled with the courage to walk through any trial and be victorious in the Lord Jesus Christ.
No one chooses to go through times of pain and sorrow in life, but you ‘can’ choose your response.
You can decide to pray to the Father and praise Him in all things.
“Heavenly Father, thank You for never leaving me, and for strengthening me at all times. Whatever it takes, use me to accomplish Your purposes. Help me to enjoy being used by You. As I meditate on Your Word, nourish my soul with the truth, encourage me, and guide me through any hardships that come my way. Help me to praise and honor You regardless of my circumstances.”Whatever it takes, use me to accomplish Your purposes. Click To Tweet
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Don has been teaching Bible classes for over 36 years and a Cristian blogger for the last 5 years.
He has been married to Debbie for 48 years and has two children and five grandchildren (another one due this year). He is overwhelmed and humbled daily by the Lord’s presence.
You can check out Don’s blog at https://utvolwoody.wordpress.com/
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How to infuse more courage into your life