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
                                                   much conflict.
          DON’T BE ASHAMED
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2 Tim 1:8-12 Therefore do not be ashamed of        Who asked for the body of Jesus. Mark
the testimony of our Lord,… For this reason I      15:43.
also suffer these things; nevertheless I am not                                                          Schedule of Services
ashamed, for I know whom I have believed           PETER AND JOHN
and am persuaded that He is able to keep what      Who refused to quit preaching Jesus.                        Sunday
I have committed to Him until that Day.            Acts 4:18-21 and 5:25-29 …"We ought to
2 Tim 2:15 Be diligent to present yourself         obey God rather than men.
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approved to God, a worker who does not need                                                          Morning Worship 10:50 AM
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truth.                                             Who was willing to die for Jesus. John
                                                   11:7-8…"Let us also go, that we may die
1 Pet 4:16 Yet if anyone suffers as a Christian,                                                             Wednesday
let him not be ashamed, but let him glorify        with Him."
God in this matter.                                                                                  Bible Study       7:00 PM
Mark 8:38 "For whoever is ashamed of Me and        PAUL
My words in this adulterous and sinful             Who counted his own life less than the
generation, of him the Son of Man also will be     cause of Christ. Acts 20:22-24 … none of
ashamed when He comes in the glory of His          these things move me; nor do I count my               If you wish a Bible study
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