Strong and Courageous

“Haven’t I commanded you: be strong and courageous? Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:9)

God is Omnipresent. Christians, God was everywhere we were, is where we are, and is already where we’re headed.  There is not a place anywhere that God is not already there.  Because we are Christians, God lives in us, and because He lives in us, He goes with us everywhere we go, no matter where that is.  If we believe that God is Omnipresent, then why are paralyzed by fear?

Fear is clear evidence of a lack of faith in our Omniscient, Omnipotent, and Omnipresent God.  We may say we say we believe these things about God, and talk the talk, but our lack of action betrays our words.  God asks us a question, “Haven’t I commanded you: ‘be strong and courageous?'” The fact that God commands us to be strong and courageous means that, as Christians, we can be strong and courageous, whether we want to believe it or not.  In Romans 8:11, God, through the Apostle Paul, reminds us of something that should make us get up, get out, and get to work growing God’s kingdom the way He wants us to. We have no excuse for fear. Take a look:

“And if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead lives in you, then He who raised Christ from the dead will also bring your mortal bodies to life through His Spirit who lives in you.”

Do we get this? The same power that raised Jesus from the dead lives in us and is ready to work in us and through us, if we just let Him!!!

In Matthew 10:28, Jesus also reminds us of the only Person we must fear:

“Don’t fear those who kill the body but are not able to kill the soul; rather, fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.”

Look, God is Omnipotent and He does not run from our adversary, no matter who, or what it might be!  He is not going with us to watch us be destroyed by our enemy, He is going with us to strengthen us, encourage us, and fight with us.  He does not want to be a spectator in our lives, He wants to participate in our lives.  Fear keeps us from experiencing God’s power and might in and through us.

Courage and faith in our God is proven by taking what we know about Him, and His promises, and living in immediate, radical, and costly obedience to His every command. Do you believe Him?  Do you believe in Him?  The let’s get up, get out, and go to work!

“Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe everything I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:19-20)

P. S. – If you don’t know how to make disciples, let me know. I can help you.

In Christ’s love,