VERY - me` od (meh-ode'); vehemently; DEBORAH - Judges 4:1-9. The
SEVEN RULES FOR (often with other words as an intensive or prophetess who gave courage to Barak to
superlative; especially when repeated): fight against their enemies. He wouldn’t go
SPIRITUAL SUCCESS BE COURAGEOUS - 'amats (aw-mats'); unless she went along!
to be alert, physically (on foot) or mentally
(in courage). ESTHER - A lady ready to die for her
IN OTHER WORDS COURAGE IS: people. Esth 3:13 - 4:17 … And so I will go
The strength of purpose that enables one to the king, which is against the law; and if
to endure. It is based a reliance on the I perish, I perish!"
presence and power of God and a
commitment to His commandments. RUTH - Ruth 1:18 When she saw that
she was determined (Aw-mats) to go with
Earlier in chapter 1 God had told Joshua her, she stopped speaking to her. Put your
that no man would be able to stand self in Ruth’s place. Strange country -
before him. This was a conditional strange people - strange customs (later
RULE # 2 - BE VERY promise based on his use of all his marry a stranger) Did this lady have
military skill, and his willingness to use courage!
COURAGEOUS all the means, which God placed within
Joshua 1:7-9 his reach. Ever hear the saying, “God COURAGE IS NEEDED TODAY
Josh 1:7-9 "Only be strong and VERY helps those who help themselves.” While
COURAGEOUS, that you may observe to do that may be true a better saying is, “God Sometimes people are not courageous.
according to all the law which Moses My helps those who obey Him.” Uncertainty, shame, and fear all
servant commanded you; do not turn from it contribute to lack of courage.
to the right hand or to the left, that you may KING ASA TOOK COURAGE
Uncertainty - Ever face a problem and not
prosper wherever you go. 8 "This Book of the 2 Chr 15:1-8. … And when Asa heard know just what to do -- so you did nothing?
Law shall not depart from your mouth, but these words and the prophecy of Oded the Shame - Ever fail to act because to do so
you shall meditate in it day and night, that you prophet, he took courage, and removed the would reveal something you did not want
may observe to do according to all that is abominable idols from all the land of known?
written in it. For then you will make your way Judah and Benjamin and from the cities Fear -- Ever run away because you were
prosperous, and then you will have good which he had taken in the mountains of afraid?-- REMEMBER THE ONE
success. 9"Have I not commanded you? Be Ephraim; and he restored the altar of the TALENT MAN?
strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, LORD that was before the vestibule of the
nor be dismayed, for the LORD your God is LORD. Cowardice is the antonym of courage. No
with you wherever you go." one like or respects a coward, but everyone
We usually use examples of the Hebrew respects a brave person. We even sing about
This morning we noted seven rules for children - Dan 3:16-22 and Daniel in the the home of the brave in our national anthem.
spiritual success, beginning with BE lion’s den - Dan 6:10 -24 as well known We have heroes who are brave people:
STRONG. The lesson tonight is, BE VERY examples of courage , but consider these Nathan Hale, people at the Alamo, Sergeant
COURAGEOUS. as well: Alvin York of WW1, etc.
DON’T BE UNCERTAIN DON’T FEAR race with joy, and the ministry which I
received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the
Know That God Is with You. 2 Tim 1:7 For God has not given us a gospel of the grace of God.
2 Cor 5:6-8 So we are always confident, spirit of fear, but of power and of love and
knowing that while we are at home in the body of a sound mind. APPLICATION
we are absent from the Lord… Phil 1:27-28…and not in any way terrified
Heb 13:5-6… So we may boldly say: "The Lord by your adversaries, which is to them a As the Israelite of Old were to be
is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do proof of perdition, but to you of salvation, courageous, so must the child of God
to me?" and that from God. today. Be Very Courageous to come before
2 Pet 1:3-8… as His divine power has given to Phil 1:14 and most of the brethren in the God and the throne of grace. Heb 4:14-16.
us all things that pertain to life and Lord, having become confident by my The cowards will not be with Jesus in
godliness… But also for this very reason, chains, are much more bold to speak the heaven. Rev 21:8.
giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue ( word without fear.
Virtue is courage or Valor. ) 1Thes 2:2 But even after we had suffered A lesson by Ron Cox
Cor 16:13 Watch, stand fast in the faith, be before and were spitefully treated at
brave, be strong. Philippi, as you know, we were bold in our You are welcome at the
God to speak to you the gospel of God in
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let him not be ashamed, but let him glorify with Him."
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