COURAGE

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Joshua 1:9

New International Version (NIV)

9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”

The greatest example of courage is what Jesus Christ modeled for us. To lay down ones life for another. Sacrifice, the denial of self.

1
: an act of offering to a deity something precious; especially : the killing of a victim on an altar
2
: something offered in sacrifice
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a : destruction or surrender of something for the sake of something else

b : something given up or lost <the sacrifices made by parents>

John 10:18

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18 No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down and authority to take it up again. This command I received from my Father.”

As Jesus talks about His life purpose I realize this is the calling, everything centers here. All of the mysteries of life find its purpose here in one laying down their life for another.

John 12:24

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24 Very truly I tell you, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds.

Think about this, when you plant a seed, it actually dies before it produces life. This is the ministry and call of Jesus and from Him to us.

Matthew 10:39

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39 Whoever finds their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life for my sake will find it.

This apply s to everything, think about when you get discouraged or feel like a failure and you have internal battles in your heart about what is right and what is wrong, and what you should do to change the results of your choices.Those feeling are connected to the flesh by the spirit producing conviction. The spirit knows it ‘s goal and will work on your heart until you submit to the spirit. The flesh desires pride and ownership of our hearts. the flesh wants to be first, the flesh is selfish, self righteous, greedy. The lust of self-will. The path of holiness is found by offering your life to Christ. allowing the spiritual seed of your body to die so that it will find it’s life in Christ. One day our physical bodies will die and if we die in Christ He says the dead seed of our bodies will produce life eternal. The seed of a sinful mans body glorified by God in death.

John 3

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Jesus Teaches Nicodemus

5 Jesus answered, “Very truly I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless they are born of water and the Spirit. 6 Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit[b] gives birth to spirit. 7 You should not be surprised at my saying, ‘You[c] must be born again.’ 8 The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.”[d]

Flesh and spirit do not go together, one must replace the other. The flesh must die for the spirit to live. This is what Jesus modeled. This is why we love and respect Him above anything else. An all powerful King of the universe humbled himself, died to Himself, came to earth as a defenseless baby, so that we would know how wide, how deep His love is for us! Courage, His name is Courage, and I pray this very morning that we together will find courage to walk in love, dieing to ourselves that we might find life!

Proverbs 21:21

New International Version (NIV)

21 Whoever pursues righteousness and love
finds life, prosperity[a] and honor.

May the Lord fill your spirit with truth and your heart with divine love. May He stamp your heart with courage.

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10 thoughts on “COURAGE

  1. How true, Brother Ken, we are all children of God by faith in Jesus Christ. Jesus loved Nicodemus enough to tell him the truth. Jesus’ example gives us courage to stand by the Truth that makes souls free for eternity.
    Hope you don’t mind, Brother Ken, I would like to paraphrase Jesus’ explanation to Nicodemus in a poem. First the Scripture.

    Nicodemus, a Pharasee, a ruler of the Jews, came by night and
    said unto Jesus. “Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come
    from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest,
    except God be with him.” Jesus answered and said unto him,
    “Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again,
    he cannot see the kingdom of God” (John 3:1-3).

    NICODEMUS

    A religious leader is an empty teacher
    when he has no clue of salvation at all.
    You come by night, and I’ll give you the answer.
    It’s by God’s Spirit, not by race you’re called.*

    Flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom *
    nor is geneology reckoned after the birthright. *
    “That which is born of the flesh is flesh.”
    Salvation is by grace through faith, God’s might!*

    Worldly knowledge profiteth nothing,
    but only that born of the Spirit is spirit.*
    God’s Spirit makes His Word come alive,
    and only God’s Word has God’s life in it!*

    It’s by God’s Spirit IF you’re able to understand this.
    Only “by grace through faith,” Jesus said, “you’re Mine!”
    No race, no religion, or good works, or whatever degree
    can pay your debt, your eternal fine.

    “God looks upon the heart, not the physical, Nicodemus.
    Never on the outward appearance, you see. *
    If you have faith in our Savior, the Kingdom is within you,
    then, you must guard that Gift to eternity.*

    “Nicodemus, when God speaks of Abraham’s Seed,
    it is one Seed not” as of many”.
    The Seed is Jesus Christ, the Son of God,
    Only by faith, we become His family.*

    “The blessings were given to Abraham
    because faith pleases God. *
    He became father of those in many nations
    whose faith is their Messiah, their Lord. *

    “A body is one with many members,
    and we, the members of that one Body are one.
    Christ, is the Head of that ONE body,
    Gentiles by faith are grafted in; it’s done!*

    “When we are born in God’s family, Nicodemus,
    old things pass, all sins vanish away.*
    From then on, we are a new creation
    and it’s by the Spirit we live each day.

    “Many religions are said to be Christian,
    but Jesus states ‘verily’, and ‘surely,’ to each one.
    Ye must be born again of the Spirit, I repeat,
    it’s by faith in the Messiah, God’s Son!”*

    “The humble believe and repent of all sins,
    and are teachable as a child can be.*
    God’s goodness brings us to true repentance*
    and gives faith to believe, Nicodemus, do you see?” *
    R.A.Riel

  2. “The flesh desires pride and ownership of our hearts. the flesh wants to be first, the flesh is selfish, self righteous, greedy. The lust of self-will.”
    Truer words were never spoken, Brother Ken! Most people don’t realize that true, agape, Godly Love is only possible when self is set aside, just as you posted. Selfishness, is the REAL opposite of love. The enemy would have us believe that love and hate (the emotions, not actions) are real, when in essence, if you are selfish, you don’t have the capacity for the potential to love. James said it right when he stated, not to love in words only (words by themselves are empty) but in deed and in Truth!! That my Brother takes the very courage that you have brought out in the Scriptures and your exhortation!!! Great AND timely post my brother!!
    God bless you so very much indeed!!! Praise Jesus for our ability (through Him) to be courageous!!

    • Brother Ledoux,
      Thank you and also to Brother Ken for these inspirational thoughts which are exactly what we need for our souls! If you could only reach all of us Christians throughout the world, I would be so very happy because your writing causes me to realize that if we all meditated on God’s Word day and night as God says to Joshua 1:8,9, He would be our All Sufficient for our soul, mind and body throughout our lives! The anointing of God would follow us to win in Jesus many souls for whom He died, was buried and resurrected to save and deliver from all our sins.

      This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success. 9. Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest” (Joshua 1:8-9 ).

      JOSHUA

      “This book of the law” is God’s Word.
      Let it not depart out of our mouth.
      God exhorts us to meditate and obey it with love.
      Proclaim it to the east, west, north and south.

      Let us petition God to help us do that day and night,
      and be filled with God’s wisdom and understanding:
      for no college degree whether bachelor or PHD
      can instruct as Thy Word night and morning.

      Be in health as our soul prospers*
      is God’s promise of good success,
      and it’s Jesus, through His Word, that speaks to us,
      and His Spirit longs for a heart that says, “Yes!”

      All that is written therein are written for our examples; *
      the good rewarded and the bad overthrown.
      If we lust after the physical as did the Israelites,*
      Jesus will never be our God, our very own.*

      If we ask, He will give us to trust Him,
      and we will not be afraid or dismayed.
      We will be strong and of a good courage
      because the path before us, He laid.

      Joshua and his friend Caleb understood this.
      Of the millions that left Egypt, set free,
      none reached the Promised Land but these two believers.
      As we ask, trust God the same be granted to you and me.

      “Father, I give You my heart, my soul, my life, and my will.
      This world has nothing to offer me but pain and sorrow.
      Grant me to be filled with Thy Holy Spirit;
      and die to self today and each tomorrow.
      (In Jesus’ Name, I ask. Amen.”
      R.A.Riel

      BIBLE STUDY:
      *Be in health as our soul prospers (3 John 1: 2)
      *written examples (1 Cor. 10:11, Rom. 15:4)
      *lust as did the Israelites (1 Cor. 10:6-10)
      *(Unless we believe in Jesus, we will die in our sins.) (John 8:24)

      • Your comments are very humbling indeed for I am only a servant of our Lord, Christ Jesus. Thank you so much for your kind words. I love Brother Ken’s site and I can ALWAYS come here for inspiration from the Holy Spirit!

  3. “…and if we die in Christ He says the dead seed of our bodies will produce life eternal.” Wow! And even more, eternal life is produced in us daily by our daily death to our self-will! I need to see this today; to be reminded of courage. ;)

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