When you go through deep waters, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown. When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you.
For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ. And so through him the “Amen” is spoken by us to the glory of God.
Where does courage come from, and how do you get it? Especially when some fear towers over you, threatens you, and makes you feel like cowering and fleeing into some cave for protection? 3000 years ago, a giant named Goliath stepped out of the Philistine ranks to defy the army of Israel and their God.
A Hebrew shepherd boy named David showed up in the camp, heard the giant and became indignant. So he took his shepherd’s sling, grabbed a few stones, knocked out Goliath, and chopped off his head.
So what made David different? It wasn’t because he had the self-generated courage of an action-movie hero. He just believed that God would never break His promise, and Goliath was an obstacle to God’s promise. David was not self confident, he was God confident!
Think about what promises God has made for you and His church. Which of these are harder for you to believe? Spend time praying the prayer of the father in Mark 9:24 who said, “I do believe, but help me overcome my unbelief.”
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If you aren’t currently a part of a home group, but would like to dive deeper into our study on Courage, join us on Tuesday nights starting tomorrow, July 24, from 6:30-8:30pm in the worship center for a large group study on the book of Nehemiah led by Pastor Mark.
In this seven week course, we will dig deeper into the heart of courage and how God uses ordinary people to do extraordinary things.
Free childcare is available.