Water for the Thirsty
Weekly Devotional

Water for the Thirsty

Be Courageous

Weekly Devotional

‘As the deer pants for streams of water so my soul pants for you, O God’. (Psalm 42:1)
‘…Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, "If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink”…’ (John 7:37)

Being a Christian takes courage doesn’t it? To be willing to say and do the right thing regardless of the earthly cost, can be painful. But courage is indispensable for both spreading and preserving the truth of Christ, and if we are going to live for Him.

Jesus promised that spreading the gospel would meet resistance:

"Then you will be handed over to be persecuted and put to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of me”. (Matthew 24:9)

Paul warned that, even in the church, faithfulness to the truth would be a battle:

“I know that after I leave, savage wolves will come in among you and will not spare the flock. Even from your own number men will arise and distort the truth in order to draw away disciples after them”. (Acts 20:29-30)

And simply living for Christ is not going to be without its problems, as Luke records:

"…We must go through many hardships to enter the kingdom of God, …" (Acts 14:22)

Therefore, true evangelism, true teaching, and true living for Jesus will take courage. But from where shall we get this courage? Here are some pointers:

1. We receive courage from being forgiven and being righteous

“And they brought to Him a paralytic lying on a bed. Seeing their faith, Jesus said to the paralytic, "Take courage, son; your sins are forgiven.” (Matthew 9:2 New American Standard Bible [NASB])
“The wicked man flees though no one pursues, but the righteous are as bold as a lion”. (Proverbs 28:1)

2. We receive courage from trusting God and hoping in Him

“Be strong and let your heart take courage, all you who hope in the LORD”. (Psalm 31:24 NASB)
“Therefore, since we have such a hope, we are very bold”. (2 Corinthians 3:12)

3. We receive courage from being filled with the Holy Spirit

“…And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly”. (Acts 4:31)

4. We receive courage from God's promise to be with us

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go". (Joshua 1:9)

5. We receive courage from knowing that the One with us is greater than the adversary

"Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or discouraged because of the king of Assyria and the vast army with him, for there is a greater power with us than with him”. (2 Chronicles 32:7)
“You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world”. (1 John 4:4)

6. We receive courage from being sure that God is sovereign over our battles

"Be strong, and let us show ourselves courageous for the sake of our people and for the cities of our God; and may the LORD do what is good in His sight." (2 Samuel 10:12 NASB)

7. We receive courage through prayer

“When I called, you answered me; you made me bold and stout-hearted”. (Psalm 138:3)
“Pray also for me, that whenever I open my mouth, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should”. (Ephesians 6:19-20)

8. We receive courage from the example of others

“…most of the brethren, trusting in the Lord because of my imprisonment, have far more courage to speak the word of God without fear”. (Philippians 1:14 NASB)

Have a courageous week,

Pastor Barry

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