Wikipedia: Courage (also bravery, fortitude, or intrepidity) is the ability to confront fear, pain, risk/danger, uncertainty, or intimidation. "Physical courage" is courage in the face of physical pain, hardship, death, or threat of death, while "moral courage" is the ability to act rightly in the face of popular opposition, shame, scandal, or discouragement.
Romans 12: 2 Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.
Revelation 21: 8 But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars--their place will be in the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death."
Romans 8: 15 For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship. And by him we cry, ""Abba," Father." 16 The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God's children. 17 Now if we are children, then we are heirs--heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.
2 Timothy 1: 6 For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands. 7 For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline.
Joshua 1: 8 Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. 9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go."
Do Hard Things
“If we take a step despite feeling uncomfortable, afraid or inadequate, our comfort zones expand. We grow in strength and skill. What we consider normal for us, changes radically.” p.67
“We resist, delay, fight and scream –all to keep from leaving our cozy little routines. But there is a high cost for choosing comfort; without even realizing, we build an invisible fence around ourselves. Nothing challenging is allowed to enter – even if it has the potential to set us free.” P.67
…fence is nearly always built of fear – fear of weakness, discomfort, failure, humiliation. We’ve noticed something else too: you can’t live by fear and by faith at the same time.” P.69
1. God works through our weaknesses to accomplish big plans
Ø 2 Corinthians 10: 10 That is why, for Christ's sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
Smith Wigglesworth – “ Great faith is the product of great fights. Great testimonies are the outcome of great tests. Great triumphs only come out of great trials.”
2. Courage is not the absence of fear.
“Letting fear control your actions is a statement of distrust in the goodness of God” p.77
3. You can’t get to success without risking failure.
Unknown future – Known God
Corrie Ten Boom – “Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God” p.84