Saturday, 10 April 2010

Courage Essentials

God said "Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to
obey all the instructions Moses gave you. Do not deviate
from them, turning either to the right or to the left.
Then you will be successful in everything you do.
Joshua 1:7

Courage is defined as the quality of mind or spirit that enables a person to face difficulty, danger, pain, etc., without fear; bravery.
It is possible for an individual to understand the will of God for their lives, be willing to obey, yet have no courage or bravery to arise and act to fulfil it.

Obedience is defined as the act or practice of being dutiful or submissive to instructions.

Any time we face trials and tribulations, God is always there, whether we acknowledge Him or not. He is always there providing courage for us. However, the choice is ours, we either accept or don't.

When we look through the book of Deuteronomy we realise that Moses and Joshua were great men of courage. This reminds me of a post I wrote a while back about, about the fact that we have the imprints of courage in our blood line. You can read the post here - BLOODLINE AND HERITAGE

We all have inbuilt courage, and I believe the adversities we go through is like boot camp to develop the courage within us further. The boot camp can be rigorous, painful and challenging, and sometimes this is what makes most of us give up before we grow the muscles of our courage any further. Adversities are there to help us to adopt new routines, habits and develop aspects of our physical, mental and emotional and spiritual being.

Everyday, we need the essence of courage to keep our balance and our stance, firmly rooted in God's will. We require courage to get us through our feelings, emotions any restrictions or limitations that might have been placed on us. Courage is required not just to endure, but to make the necessary changes we must make for our lives.

Going back to Deuteronomy Joshua Knew all about adversity, being part of Israel that wandered through the wilderness for 40 years. It is safe to say he definitely, from that experience, understood hardship, trials, and troubles - physical, relational and spiritual most probably emotional and mental to.

Do you feel the same where you are in life right now? Don't despair, I encourage you to look within and conjure up the courage God has placed within you.

Through Joshua's association with Moses, he grew up in faith and leadership abilities, and hence knew that in the midst of they went through in the wilderness, the Lord was with him and his people.

When Joshua was to succeed Moses (please read Deuteronomy 29 - 31 for completion) in leading the nation of Israel to the promised land, God spoke, enlightened and commanded Joshua about the courage and obedience he must have for his new role and journey ahead. His mandate of courage are recorded as thus:

  • In Joshua 1:6: God said "Be strong and courageous, for you are the one who will lead these people to possess all the land I swore to their ancestors I would give them" God's encouragement to Joshua .

  • Joshua 1:7: God said "Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the instructions Moses gave you. Do not deviate from them, turning either to the right or to the left. Then you will be successful in everything you do." God's encouragement and command of OBEDIENCE. 

  • Joshua 1:9: "This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” God's COMMANDMENT of courage.

As God encouraged and commanded Joshua, He is saying the same to you today. Through that trial or situation or role that you are going through or about to go through, God is saying and commanding you to have courage; remembering that God is always with you.

Yes, it is a great story of courage that Moses and Joshua presented, but the questions we should ask ourselves is "what can we learn from their willingness to obey and be courageous, in the face of adversity? A few things we can learn are as follows:

  • Defeat is never a viable option: Even though Moses faced Pharaoh and his mighty army, and Joshua faced problems that impeded Israel's claim to Canaan, they did not consider giving up. What problem are you facing that you feel like giving up? I encourage you not to. Like Moses and Joshua, set your face on advancement and victory that God has already given to you. Remember He has already completed your end, and it is good. Know that your success lies within an unshakable God.

  • Recall past victories and God's faithfulness: When we look through the book of Deuteronomy we see that Moses and Joshua, when faced with new problems, reminded themselves of how God helped them in the past. In Joshua 3, specifically, we see that when Joshua had to lead Israel through the Jordan, and he was afraid, BUT he remembered how God parted the red sea and was encouraged. Don't forget the past victories God has given you, remember them and be encouraged. The Lord that did it then can do it again and do greater things.

  • Have the right attitude and look to God for help: Embracing the spirit of courage, helps instill the right attitude within us, which is to believe that "with God, nothing is impossible". It enables us to believe His word and promises. Moses and Joshua knew that they could not do or win any battle or progress to the promised land without God's help.

  • Do not be discouraged by inner fears or difficulties: There is something called the enemy within and it is this that most times, presents fear within us. It keeps us rooted to the spot in fear of doing what God says we should do. Developing the strength of the courage within us through God's word and His abilities, will enable you to arise and obey in confidence.

  • Use the resources at hand to the best of your ability: This sometimes can be a sensitive point for most of us. When God says do something, we tend to give God a list of all resources we need before we even start the work. However, like God asked Moses in Exodus "what is that in your hand"? He might be asking you the same thing. I wrote about this in the post called "WHAT IS THAT IN YOUR HAND" PLEASE READ. It will bless and encourage you immensely.

  • Have success and victory in mind: We serve a God who has completed the end before the beginning. Thus, as long as God says do it, no matter the obstacle or how difficult it might seem, keep going and believing that the victory is yours. Moses and Joshua must have thought within themselves that how in the world will they get to this promised land, after so many years in the wilderness. However, we know because they believed and obeyed wholeheartedly in God and held onto His promise of victory, they succeeded.

We all need courage every day; at home, at work on the streets or at play. It takes courage to stand up in the face of adversity, to stand up for what is right, in a society that is bent on self destruction. It takes courage to stand for what you believe when everyone and everything is up against you. It takes courage to say that God is still in control, even when you are in the eye of the storm. It takes courage to patiently wait on God, being obedient to do all that He asks you to do, no matter how ridiculous it might seem (remember Noah and the ark).

It takes courage to live a life of integrity, when compromise seems to be the order of the day.
Despite all of these, not having the courage to walk in obedience to God's will should NOT be an option. There is courage in your bloodline as shown through Moses and Joshua and all the other great men and women of the Bible, like David and Esther. There is courage within you.

As you live out the realities of your week, I encourage you to ask God to give you the same spirit of courage and obedience of Joshua and Moses. Embrace this courage, work at it through obedience and see God magnify Himself in your life, bringing you to your promised land; making Him famous along your way.

Much Love, Remi
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daylight said...

It's good to hear something along the line of having courage. We all sure need to walk in this at different times of our lives. Well done and thanks.

Myne Whitman said...

Thanks for sharing Remi, sometimes we feel down and need some encouragement.

Enjoy the rest of your week.

Jaycee said...

Needed this extra Oooomph, and I got it from reading this post. I like how you went into Joshua's story, and how his courage was built on the crazy experiences in the wilderness.

Remi, United Kingdom said...

@daylight - Thank you, Yes it is good to be encouraged. We all need to hear this constantly, especially when the spirit is somewhat getting faint.

@ Myne Whitman - Thank you :-) Definately, especially, when you are working and giving it your all and nothing seems to be happening (in the physical) a word of encouragement goes a long way. And you too luv .

@Jaycee - Praise God. Yeah the story of Joshua and Moses' courage, amazes me no end. Through some crazy instances, they still were encouraged and held onto God's promise. Ah, I pray that is the same for us all in Jesus name. Have a great sunday girl. x

Debbie said...

Courage is not the abssence of fear but the mastrary of fear and the ability to take it head on.
thanks for sharing. I am encouraged.

David C Brown said...

"In the world ye have tribulation; but be of good courage: I have overcome the world." These are the last words of the Lord Jesus to His disciples before His prayer to the father in John 17.

Rainyjoy said...

wow, this is exactly what i need right now even as am entering a new week. yea, we definitely need to have courage if we are going to see the promise of God come to pass in our lifes. if God be for us, who can be against us ! 2 Corinth 2:14- 'but thanks be to God who always causes us to triumph in Christ...' God has already assured us victory, all we have to do is to be courageous in every battles in our lives.
it is well !
thanks so much for being a blessing.

jhazmyn said...

We sure need to hear this regularly...It helps us keep fighting...Thanks Remi

Homie GFunk said...

Remi, you have been a huge blessing to me this morning! Thank you and God bless you! Just what I needed.

Remi, United Kingdom said...

@debbie – yes so true. Its like “the pressence of doubt, means faith abides somewhere within – we just have to bring it forth and hand onto it” I am glad you are encouraged. How are you luv? :-) x

@ David C Brown – yes, Amen. Imagine that... Wow, thanks for that further understanding. Jesus sure knew we would need it. How are you doing sir? x

@ Rainjoy – I am glad you were blessed by this. Yes God has alread assured us victory. If we keep this in the forefront of our minds, when we face trails, we will realise that nothing is impossible, because it has already been accomplished – done. Amen!

@Jhazmyn – It sure does, it sure does. It is courage that helps us to rise above it all, even when no one is standing beside or with us! We thank God. :-)

@Homie GFunk – Ameeen! Praise God. God’s word is always on time and on point. I am only but a vessel. I thank God that He gave you what you needed from this post. X

Afronuts said...

The human being is like a machine that's functioning at 10%.

We used to function at about a 100% at the garden of eden until the fall which short circuited us of His grace and presence and dropped us to a measely 5% to 10%.

Funny thing is...everything is still in us. It all just needs to be jump-started by salvation and assurance via the word and circumstances we go through as saved children - for all things work together for our good!

Remi, United Kingdom said...

@afronuts - true that! I love that analogy :-))) Yes, its ALL within us. We are trully, FULLY LOADED!

Olufunke said...

I need more of it.
Weldone on how you take time to go into these studies.
More grace!

Kafo said...

i like Joshua

but yeah defeat should never be an option

thanks once more

okay i think i have caught up on all the posts i've missed on your blog in a while