I would like to share with you something that God has really been working on with me, over the past couple of weeks.
So often, one of the last words that I would use to describe myself is courageous. Often, I view myself as cowardly, and afraid to step out in faith. However today, I found a paper that someone had given me a while back, with a list of verses describing our identity in Christ.
The verse that really stuck out to me is 2 Timothy 1:7 “for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.” The following verse says, “Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord, nor of me his prisoner, but share in suffering for the gospel by the power of God.”
Now if I am honest, this is something that I really struggle to truly believe. So often, I am easily intimidated by others, and do not see myself as a bold person. But yet, Paul is telling Timothy, God gives us a spirit of power, and not of fear.
The scripture is full of examples of God giving courage to those who are willing to follow Him. Here are a couple of examples.
2 Chronicles 15:7-8
“But you, take courage! Do not let your hands be weak, for your work shall be rewarded.”
As soon as Asa heard these words, the prophecy of Azariah the son of Oded, he took courage and put away the detestable idols from all the land of Judah and Benjamin and from the cities that he had taken in the hill country of Ephraim, and he repaired the altar of the Lord that was in front of the vestibule of the house of the Lord.”
Psalm 27:14 “Wait for the Lord;
be strong, and let your heart take courage;
wait for the Lord!”
Daniel 10:19 “And he said, “O man greatly loved, fear not, peace be with you; be strong and of good courage.” And as he spoke to me, I was strengthened and said, “Let my lord speak, for you have strengthened me.””
Philippians 1:20 “as it is my eager expectation and hope that I will not be at all ashamed, but that with full courage now as always Christ will be honored in my body, whether by life or by death.”
Now, I know, in my head, that God has given me courage, and that He has promised to never leave me. But often there is a disconnect between what I know in my head, and what I feel in my heart. I want to know in both my head and heart that God has made me to be courageous, and to take steps of faith following the example of Christ.
I would appreciate your prayers, that God would transform me, so that I would not believe the lie, that I am a coward.