Courage? What does Yahweh say?
Do not be afraid, For I am with you. Do not be dismayed; For I am your God: I will strengthen you; Indeed, I will help you; Indeed, I will uphold you With the right hand of My Righteousness.
Many in today's world are afraid - afraid to speak out about what they think or what they believe; afraid to challenge someone else's opinion; afraid someone will not like them if they don't go along with the crowd; afraid the government will treat them unfairly; afraid of the IRS and their tactics, etc., etc. There are countless things to fear. There are fears of terrorism, both personally and nationally. There are fears of economic failure, business failure, marriage failure, and so on. Indeed, we seem to be living in a constant state of fear in recent years.
But YAHWEH has something to say to us about fear, and it's counterpart, courage. He does not want us to be afraid of "what man can do to you." Instead, take courage, be strong, stand up for what is right and good and true. It's easy to be afraid or to be cowardly when we encounter the unknown or when we experience intimidating situations that might cause us to have some fear. Yet to take courage in such situations is the essence of what YAHWEH teaches us. We are taught not to look at the circumstances, but to look to YAHWEH. He is able to act as our protector and defender. He is not only able, but He's willing to help us, because He loves us very deeply. His Word reminds us that "perfect love (His perfect love for us) casts out fear" 1 John 4.18.
When we realize how deeply YAHWEH loves us, how perfectly He loves us, we come to understand there is no need to be afraid. We understand He is constantly with us. Instead of being afraid we can take courage, act bravely or resolutely, or stand our ground, knowing He is always there to love and protect us in every situation.
Allow the following Scripture verses to provide a deeper insight into the idea of courage. Seek to remember them as you live your daily life. Don't let others, or circumstances, intimidate you; but rather seek to live your life with courage and strength, knowing YAHWEH loves you, and is with every true Believer in every situation.
Deuteronomy 31:6: Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for YAHWEH your Elohim (God), He it is that goes with you; He will not fail you, nor forsake you.
Deuteronomy 31:7: And Moses called unto Yahoshua (Joshua), and said unto him in the sight of all Israel, Be strong and of a good courage: for you must go with this people unto the land which YAHWEH has sworn unto their fathers to give them; and you shall cause them to inherit it.
Deuteronomy 31:23: And He gave Yahoshua (Joshua) the son of Nun a charge, and said, Be strong and of a good courage: for you shall bring the children of Israel into the land which I sware unto them: and I will be with you.
Joshua 1:6: Be strong and of a good courage: for unto this people shall you divide for an inheritance the land, which I swore unto their fathers to give them. 7 Only be strong and very courageous, that you may observe to do according to all the law, which Moses My servant commanded you: turn not from it to the right hand or to the left, that you may prosper where ever you go.
Joshua 1:9: Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be dismayed: for YAHWEH, your Elohim, is with you wherever you go.
Joshua 1:18: Whoever he is that rebels against your commandment, and will not listen diligently to your words in all that you command him, he shall be put to death: only be strong and of a good courage.
Joshua 2:11: And as soon as we had heard these things, our hearts melted, neither did there remain any more courage in any man, because of you: for YAHWEH, your Elohim, He is The Elohim in heaven above, and in earth beneath.
Joshua 10:25: And Yahoshua (Joshua) said to them, Fear not, nor be dismayed; be strong and of good courage: for thus shall YAHWEH do to all your enemies against whom you fight.
Joshua 23:6: Be therefore very courageous to keep and to do all that is written in the book of the law of Moses, that you turn not aside therefrom to the right hand or to the left;
2 Samuel 10:12: Be of good courage, and let us be as men for our people, and for the cities of our Elohim: and may YAHWEH do that which seems to Him as good.
1 Chronicles 19:13: Be of good courage, and let us behave ourselves valiantly for our people, and for the cities of our Elohim: and let YAHWEH do that which is good in His sight.
1 Chronicles 22:13: Then shall you prosper, if you take heed to fulfil the statutes and judgments which YAHWEH charged Moses with concerning Israel: be strong, and of good courage; dread not, nor be dismayed.
1 Chronicles 28:20: And David said to Solomon his son, Be strong and of good courage, and do it: fear not, nor be dismayed: for YAHWEH Elohim, even my Elohim, will be with you. He will not fail you, nor forsake you, until you have finished all the work for the service of the house of YAHWEH.
2 Chronicles 15:8: And when Asa heard these words, and the prophecy of Obed the prophet, he took courage, and put away the abominable idols out of all the land of Judah and Benjamin, and out of the cities which he had taken from mount Ephraim, and renewed the altar of YAHWEH, that was before the porch of YAHWEH.
2 Chronicles 19:11: And, behold, Amariah the chief priest is over you in all matters of YAHWEH; and Zebadiah the son of Ishmael, the ruler of the house of Judah, for all the king’s matters: also the Levites shall be officers before you. Deal courageously, and YAHWEH shall be with the good.
2 Chronicles 32:7: Be strong and courageous, be not afraid nor dismayed for the king of Assyria, nor for all the multitude that is with him: for there are more with us than with him:
Psalm 27:14: Wait on YAHWEH: be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart: wait, I say, on YAHWEH.
Psalm 31:24: Be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart, all you that hope in YAHWEH.
Isaiah 41:6: They helped every one his neighbor; and every one said to his brother, Be of good courage.
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