Embrace Courage Part One

I read through the book of Philippians three times. Paul is an excellent example for us of one who embraced courage. When the plot against his life was discovered, the commander sent Paul to the governor Felix.

In Acts 24:10-21 he made his defense before the governor. His declaration in verse 16 is one we can aspire to as well. It says, “This being so, I myself always strive to have a conscience without offense toward God and man.” 

After he made his defense before Felix, he also stood before King Agrippa. When Felix had listened the second time, in verse 24 he shouted, “…Paul, you are beside yourself! Much learning has made you mad!”

In verse 27 Paul embraced courage. He said, “King Agrippa, do you believe the prophets…?” When the Lord intercepted Saul of Tarsus on the road to Damascus, what did He tell Ananias? 

Acts 9:15-16 says, “…he is a chosen vessel of Mine to bear My name before Gentiles, kings, and the children of Israel. For I will show him how many things he must suffer for My name’s sake.” If you need a refresher of his sufferings, go back and read 2 Corinthians 11:23-33.

God commanded Joshua to embrace courage. He encapsulated it with the promise that He would be with him. Joshua 1:9 says, “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” We have the same promises.

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