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.
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?