Saturday, November 21, 2015

November 22, 2015

"And that all this assembly may know that the Lord saves not with a sword and spear. For the battle is the Lord's, and He will give you into our hand." I Samuel 17:47

Where do you find courage when you need it?

I am identifying a four-fold spiritual development of courage from God's Word.

First, courage is based on God's credentials in Creation. At creation God spoke all the wonders of the universe into existence where there was nothing existing. As Hebrews 11:1 says, "That is the substance of faith."

Second, courage is based on God's character. God is the same "yesterday, today and forever" so, if God could create back then He can do what needs to be done today! As Hebrews 11:1 also says, that is the "evidence of things hoped for".

Third, courage is based on God's calling. It is significant to know that God who did great things before can still do great things today but it's even more significant to believe He can do it through me!

Fourth, courage is based on God's cause. David found courage from God as he took on the cause of God's Name, and the cause of God's Fame and the cause of God's Claim!

David knew Goliath had to be taken down when He heard him cursing and blaspheming the Name of God. God's Holy Name is worthy of worship not curses. And David knew Goliath must be dealt with when He defamed the honor of God through his curses and accusations. And finally, David knew he had to defeat the giant to defend God's Claim.

What do I mean, God's Claim?

The answer is found in the phrase, "The battle is the Lord's". In other words, what God says He will do - HE WILL DO! Or even better, when God says He will do something IT IS AS GOOD AS DONE!

When you know you have won before you have begun it's not hard to find courage!

David, in this well-known Bible Story shows how to have courage and how to use it. 

Courage comes from committing to God's cause for fighting giants - defending God's Name, God's Fame and proving God's Claim!

There are plenty of giants still out there.......