Day 30 :: Hide them in your heart.

on October 30, 2011 in 31 Days of Courage with 5 comments by

Yesterday, I listed for you a few of my favorite resources in the courage department. And I would be remiss if I didn’t share a few resources from the Bible.

The greatest reminders to be brave can be found on page after page of the Bible.

We already talked about some brave Bible characters:
Jesus
David
Queen Esther
Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego

You could also read up on Peter, the disciples, Gideon [as Jules mentioned], Noah, Caleb, John, Rahab, Paul, or Ruth… just to name a few. There are many. Tons. Legion. Masses. It’s what I love about the Bible- it constantly reminds us of the variety of people God can use and the variety of ways courage can be displayed.

Looking through my journal and Bible and using BibleGateway.com, I’ve made a short list of verses that speak of a lifestyle of courage. If you are on a journey toward a life of greater courage, why don’t you pick one or two to memorize? These are some of my absolute favorites.

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“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you.” – Deuteronomy 31:6

“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.” – Joshua 1:9

“You, my God, have revealed to your servant that you will build a house for him. So your servant has found courage to pray to You.” – 1 Chronicles 17:25  [Courage to pray? We talked about that.]

“Be strong, and let us fight bravely for our people and the cities of our God. The Lord will do what is good in his sight.” – 1 Chronicles 19:13

“When I called, You answered me; You made me bold and stouthearted.” – Psalm 138:3

“The wicked man flees though no one pursues, but the righteous are as bold as a lion.” – Proverbs 28:1

“When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus.” – Acts 4:13

“One night the Lord spoke to Paul in a vision: ‘Do not be afraid; keep on speaking, do not be silent.'” – Acts 18:9

“Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong.” – 1 Corinthians 16:13

“I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed, but will have sufficient courage so that now as always Christ will be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death.” -Philippians 1:20

“Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.” – Hebrews 4:16

[It is taking all the willpower I can muster up in my soul not to write a paragraph about each of these verses. So. You’re welcome for keeping this below 5000 words. 🙂 ]

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Is there a favorite brave Bible character I forgot to mention? Or do you have a verse that reminds you to be courageous that isn’t in this list?

5 comments

  1. Amy
    posted on Oct 30, 2011 at 7:31 AM  |  reply

    You listed mine-Joshua 1:9. I wear it around my neck every day-a dear friend at home gave me a necklace last year before I left for my missions training school. It is now a well-traveled necklace, and the Lord is the same wherever we go.

  2. Valerie
    posted on Oct 30, 2011 at 8:03 AM  |  reply

    Psalm 27:14 (NKJV)
    Wait on the LORD; Be of good courage, And He shall strengthen your heart; Wait, I say, on the LORD!

  3. Jenica
    posted on Oct 30, 2011 at 9:45 AM  |  reply

    2 Timothy 1:7
    New International Version (NIV)
    “For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.”

  4. posted on Oct 30, 2011 at 4:15 PM  |  reply

    My favorite is Deuteronomy 31:6, the first one you listed. Psalm 91 always gives me comfort. The praise song based on 91:5 – I will not be afraid of the terror by night or the arrow by day. For the Lord is on my side. I will cling to Him always. Because of what the Lord has done for me, I will not be afraid.

  5. Madi
    posted on Nov 01, 2011 at 2:34 AM  |  reply

    Thank you for making me want to pick up my Bible again and read these great stories. To add to your list, I believe Mary was quite courageous and brave. I mean, try to put yourself in her shoes and remember what you were like at her age when God came to her. Sheesh!

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