THE JOY OF FACING THE NEW YEAR WITH COURAGE

Jan 10, 2018

“The LORD Himself goes before you and will be with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you.
Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.”
Deuteronomy 31:8 (NIV)

Without courage you are not living, you are hiding. Courage is what moves you forward. It’s the muscle that makes your faith work. Faith by itself can be nothing more than a set of beliefs. Courage is what activates your beliefs. Every Promised Land has giant problems, and you and I have to face them and defeat them before moving in and taking up residence. Notice three things in Deuteronomy, chapter seven, that God said to Israel about taking the Promised Land:

1. “Your God, who is among you, is a great and awesome God” (Deuteronomy 7:21 NIV). Be assured, God is greater than anything you and I will face this coming year.

2. “The Lord, your God will drive out those nations before you” (v.22). God will always go ahead of us. He will do for us what we cannot do for ourselves, but we have to show up for the fight.

3. Little by little (v.22) whether it’s conquering your Promised Land or your character flaws, you can’t do it all at once. Thus God works with you in one area after another. Life, First African, is not one big battle, then you march in the victory parade, NO, it’s a series of small daily struggles required to defeat the enemies of your spiritual growth.

Twenty three chapters later God is still telling Israel to be courageous. That’s because courage is like oxygen, you can’t survive without it. Courage is not the absence of fear it’s the conquest of it. Courage means doing it afraid – until you are no longer afraid.

Finally, who does God walk with and work with? Those who show courage!

Love and Joy,
Pastor Dent