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Courage is doing the right thing because our convictions wonít let us do anything else.
Doing something because it is the convenient thing to do is not courage. Doing something because everyone else is doing it is not courage. Doing something because it is the easiest thing for us to do; or produces the least amount of discomfort to us is not courage.
So today, we want to see what Biblical courage looks like and then we want to see if we have that quality in our Christian life.
#1 A PERSON WITH COURGE IS RESOLVED TO MEET DANGER HEAD ON WITHOUT RETREAT
And it came to pass, when the time was come that he should be received up, he stedfastly set his face to go to Jerusalem,
. I have to believe that Jesus was the most courageous person who ever lived. And it would seem logical if we are to follow Him that we too must have courage.
The Scripture says He ďresolutelyĒ set out for Jerusalem. He knew that by heading to Jerusalem that he was heading toward his death. He knew that His time on earth was coming soon to an end; He knew that before He could return to heaven that He must suffer and die and despite the danger He stayed the course.
We saw that two of the twelve spies were courageous. They saw giants in the land but they also saw a land flowing with milk and honey that God had given them. So they said: Letís roll. Despite the danger they wanted to stay the course that God had set for them.
David didnít want to retreat simply because some giant was making noise about what he was going to do to the Israelites. Instead David advanced against the mighty Goliath with just a sling shot and a few stones because God was on His side. David had the courage to stand up to Goliath.
#2 A person with courage recognizes Godís presence in whatever circumstance they find themselves in.
22 And the multitude rose up together against them: and the magistrates rent off their clothes, and commanded to beat them.
23 And when they had laid many stripes upon them, they cast them into prison, charging the jailor to keep them safely:
24 Who, having received such a charge, thrust them into the inner prison, and made their feet fast in the stocks.
25 And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them.
26 And suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken: and immediately all the doors were opened, and every oneís bands were loosed.
27 And the keeper of the prison awaking out of his sleep, and seeing the prison doors open, he drew out his sword, and would have killed himself, supposing that the prisoners had been fled.
28 But Paul cried with a loud voice, saying, Do thyself no harm: for we are all here.
29 Then he called for a light, and sprang in, and came trembling, and fell down before Paul and Silas,
30 And brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved?
31 And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy
Paul expelled an evil spirit from a slave girl who was a fortune teller and who earned her master a great sum of money. The owner got mad and brought him before the magistrate who had Paul and Silas beaten and thrown in prison and shackled.
An earthquake occurred and the door of the cell was
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