So do not lose the courage that you had in the past. It has a great reward. You must hold on, so you can do what God wants and receive what he has promised.
Most of us have had an experience of courage, at some point, in our life. Go ahead- think back. What have you overcome that it took courage to face the next day? Did you survive mental, emotional, physical, or even spiritual abuse? But you’re here- aren’t you?! That took/takes courage. Good for you! Did someone tell you a goal was impossible or not right for you- yet you pursued it and won? Great! Fantastic! Have you had doubts in your faith but chose not to walk away? That is courage! Many people walk away in doubt.
The Bible calls for us to call upon the courage of our past. In order to do this, we must recall where courage has served us well in the past. It is easy to get caught up in the misery and trials of the present. Having that narrow focus is not going to serve us well unless your intention is to stay stuck. But who chooses that? By default, we do. We have to stir up our courage. Paul told Timothy, in 2 Timothy 1:6-7 NLT “This is why I remind you to fan into flames the spiritual gift God gave you when I laid my hands on you. For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love and self-discipline.”
What an insight. God has not given us a spirit of fear. We have been given a spirit of power and self-discipline and with these come courage. Right now today, you can face the next 24 hours, the next week, the next month. God has given us that which we need. It is already given. We can ask that our eyes and hearts be open to sense it. Our reward is great. Holding on is the only way to accomplish God’s plans and receive completely that which is promised to us. And that includes peace beyond human understanding (Philippians 4:7) which may be just what you need today.
Until Next Time~