Courage

YAHWEH says...

Do not be afraid, 
because I am with you. 
Do not gaze about
for help,
because I am your Elohim.
I will strengthen you.
Indeed, I will help you. Indeed, I will uphold you
with the right hand
of My justice.
 

Isaiah 41.10

Many in today's world are afraid:
- afraid to speak out about what they think or what they believe;
- afraid to challenge someone else's opinion;
- afraid someone will not like them if they don’t  go along with the crowd;
- afraid the government will treat them unfairly;
- afraid of economic disaster, etc.

There are countless things to fear. Indeed, we've been transported into a constant state of fear in recent years. Sadly, most of it is "false fear", based on "propaganda". The fear is created to make us dependent on someone else or something else.

YAHWEH, The God of The Scriptures, has something to say to us about fear. He also has something to say about it's counterpart, courage. He does not want us to be afraid of "what a human being can do to you." Instead, He wants us to take courage, be strong, and stand up for what's right and good and true.

It's easy to be afraid or to be cowardly when we encounter the unknown or when we experience intimidating situations that might cause us to have some fear. Yet to take courage in such situations is the essence of what YAHWEH teaches. 

We are not to look at the circumstances, but we are to look to YAHWEH. He is able to act as our provider, protector and defender. He's not only able, but He's willing, to help us because He loves us very deeply. His Word reminds us that, "There is no terror in love, but on the contrary, complete love throws out terror because the terror contains punishment. But he who is terrified has not been made complete in love. 1 John 4.18.

When we realize how deeply YAHWEH loves us, how perfectly He loves us, we come to understand there is no need to be afraid. We understand He's constantly with us. Instead of being afraid we can take courage, act bravely or resolutely, or stand our ground, knowing He's always there to love and protect us in every situation.

Allow the following Scripture verses to provide a deeper insight into the idea of courage. Seek to remember them as you live your daily life. Don't let others, or circumstances, intimidate you; but instead seek to live your life with courage and strength, knowing YAHWEH loves you, and is with every true Believer in every situation.

Deut. 31:6-7:  Be strong and courageous! 
Do not be afraid!
And do not be in dread of they themselves because
YAHWEH, your Elohim, 
He is going with you!
He will not fail you! 
And He will not abandon you! 

And Moshe called Yahoshua. 
And he said to him before the eyes of all Yisra'el, 
“Be strong and courageous, 
because you yourself  את
are to go with this people themselves  את into the land 
which
YAHWEH has sworn to their forefathers to give to them! 
And you yourself  את are to cause them to inherit it itselfאת

Deut. 31:23:  And He gave direction to Yahoshua himselfאת son of Nun. 
And he said, “Be strong and courageous 
because you yourself  את
are to bring the children of Yisra'el themselves  את
into the land which I have sworn to them! 
And I Myself will be with you.”

Joshua 1:6-7:  Be strong and of a good courage: for to this people will you divide for an inheritance the land, which I swore to their forefathers to give them. 7 Only be strong and very courageous, that you may observe to do according to all The Torah, which Moshe My servant instructed you. Turn not from it to the right hand or to the left, that you may prosper where ever you go.

Joshua 1:9:  Have I not instructed you? Be strong and of a good courage! Do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, because YAHWEH, your Elohim, is with you wherever you go.

Joshua 1:18:  Whoever he is that rebels against your direction, and will not listen diligently to your words in all that you direct him, he is to be put to death! Only be strong and of a good courage!

Joshua 2:11:  And as soon as we had heard these things, our hearts melted, neither did there remain any more courage in any man, because of you: for YAHWEH, your Elohim, He is The Elohim in The Heaven above, and on earth beneath.

Joshua 10:25:  And Yahoshua (Joshua) said to them, Fear not, nor be dismayed! Be strong and of good courage, because thus will YAHWEH do to all your adversaries against whom you fight.

Joshua 23:6:  Be therefore very courageous to keep and to do all that is written in the book of the teaching of Moshe, that you turn not aside therefrom to the right hand or to the left;

2 Sam. 10:12:  And let us show ourselves strong 
on behalf of our people and on behalf of the cities of our Elohim! 
And
YAHWEH will do what is good in His eyes.”

1 Chron. 22:13Then you will be caused to prosper,
if you watch carefully to do the rules themselves את
and the regulations themselves את
which YAHWEH gave as direction
to Moshe himself
את concerning Yisra’el. 

Be strong and brave, do not fear nor be discouraged.

1 Chron. 28:20:  And David said to Shelomoh, his son,
“Be strong!
And be courageous!
And act!
Do not be afraid!
And do not be discouraged! 

Indeed, YAHWEH, The Elohim,
my Elohim, is with you!
He will not leave you!
And He will not abandon you
until all the work is to completion
for the service of The House of YAHWEH.

2 Chronicles 15:8:  And when Asa heard these words
and the prophecy of Oded, the prophet,
he strengthened himself.
And he caused the detestable things to pass over
out of all the land of Yahudah and Binyamin
and from the cities which he had captured
in the mountains of Ephraim.
And he restored the slaughter site itself את of YAHWEH
which was in front of the porch of YAHWEH.

2 Chron. 19:11:  And, behold, Amaryah the chief priest is over you in all matters of YAHWEH; and Zebadyah the son of Yishma’el, the ruler of the house of Yahudah, for all the king’s matters: also the Levites will be officers before you. Deal courageously, and YAHWEH will be with the good.

2 Chron. 32:7:   “Be strong and courageous!
Do not be afraid.
And do not be discouraged before the face of the king of Ashshur 
nor before the faces of all the multitude that is with him. 
Indeed, with us there are more than with him!

Psalms 27:14:  Look with hope toward YAHWEH!
Be strong, and He will strengthen your heart!
Even look with hope toward YAHWEH!

Psalms 31:24:  Be strong!
And let Him strengthen your heart,
all you who are waiting for
YAHWEH!

The Word of YAHWEH speaks to each of us about our fear. Whatever it is, when we look to Scripture we can find encouragement to stand strong, to have courage, in the presence of fear. We can do this IF we have placed our trust in YAHWEH. He has promised to be with us, and to help us as we ask Him to do so. We need to remember these vital words of Truth.


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