Embrace Courage Part Two

Courage is an inner strength that is continually fortified through the promises to us in God’s word. Courage is never achieved through self-effort. He empowers us to do what He has called us to do. See 1 Thessalonians 5:24. 

God’s command to Joshua was connected to the essential truth that He would be with him no matter what he was doing or where he was going. So it is with us. Psalm 46:1 promises that He is Ever Present.

What holds us back from pursuing all that God has for us? Fears from our past often rise up to stop us in our tracks. We are insecure because we are looking at our weakness rather than His strength. 

When I think of the word embrace, I picture a barnacle clinging to a rock or the hull of a ship. Years ago I wrote an article for our local newspaper entitled, “Barnacle Faith.” I had a great picture of a barnacle.

I have another picture from Psalm 63:8 in the Amplified. It says, “My whole being follows hard after You and clings closely to You; Your right hand upholds me.” Thank You Lord for Your continual upholding, sustaining, and uplifting Presence! 

As you read this verse, I want you to picture a trapeze artist. They have just let go of the first bar, as they are reaching for the oncoming bar. Paul wrote in Philippians 3:13 says, “…one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead.” The empowerment to reach comes through forgetting the past. We have to let go of the past to embrace the present.

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