How to Be Courageous

Are you courageous? 

No, I’m not talking about the movie. I’m talking about being courageous in the nitty-gritty everyday. Living how God wants you to live. Believing His Word, acting on His promises, obeying His commands. Standing for His truth.

It’s so easy to be discouraged by everything — not just the big stuff, but even the mundane things that happen over and over again. The little challenges that wear you down. Like laundry that’s never finished, car problems that keep recurring, relatives that frustrate and annoy, money that never seems to stick around. You know what I’m talking about, right?

Think about the word discourage for a minute. It means to deprive of courage, to dishearten. It implies a shrinking of the spirit, a weakening of faith. It is the opposite of total confidence, the enemy of steadfast faith in God. At its core, discouragement is simply a lack of courage.

So how do you fight discouragement? How can you overcome it?

How do you become more courageous?

Look at Joshua 1. Moses has just died, and Joshua is Israel’s new leader. He is the one who will finally lead them into the Promised Land. All those complaining, weary travelers would finally step foot in the land promised to Abraham centuries before!

That was a big job! You can just imagine Joshua starting to grow anxious, worrying about Israel ignoring or rejecting his leadership, like they did to Moses. You can picture him wondering how on earth he would maintain order and obedience among such a vast and varied group of people. You can hear him crying out to God for strength, wisdom, divine help.

But read what God tells Joshua:

“Just as I was with Moses, so I will be with you. I will not leave you or forsake you.
Be strong and courageous, for you shall cause this people to inherit the land
that I swore to their fathers to give them. Only be strong and very courageous,
being careful to do according to all the law that Moses my servant commanded you.”

God promises that Joshua will be a great leader, who will successfully lead Israel into the promised land. He promises His divine presence, as He had given it to Moses. But He also asks something of Israel’s new leader… God commands Joshua to have courage!

How, exactly?

This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth,
but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that
you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it.
For then you will make your way prosperous,
and then you will have good success.”

Courage is not an innate tendency, that some of us are born with and others will never have. Courage must be nurtured and matured. It takes work. {<– tweet about it!}

God instructs Joshua (and Israel, by proxy) to meditate on His Word day and night, so that they will obey everything written in His Word. And the result of that mediation and obedience? Success — and courage.

Courage requires obedience to God’s Word. Obedience requires knowing God’s Word. And knowing requires faithfully reading God’s Word.

Sound familiar?

You don’t have to fight discouragement all the time. You don’t have to be worn down by challenges that loom ahead, or by trials you face every day.

You can be courageous!

Study God’s Word continually. Meditate on it day and night. Read it, listen to it, memorize it. Share it verbally with your family. And most of all, obey everything it completely.

Fight fear. Fight discouragement. God is with you always — everywhere, and in every circumstance. He will never ever leave you to face your battles on your own. He will never ever forsake you, or go back on His word.

Know Him… Trust Him… Obey Him…

Then you will have courage!

Be Strong and Courageous

 Let’s discuss it! What interferes the most with being courageous? What fears get in the way? What tendencies make it difficult?

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11 thoughts on “How to Be Courageous

  1. I think fear of man hinders us most in being courageous. People might laugh at us or think we are crazy etc. Proverbs tells us that fear or man is a snare.

    1. So true. We often care too much about the opinions of others – instead of staying focused on GOD’s opinion of us. Great point, Debbie.

  2. A great reminder. Love these verses. Let’s press on! God bless you. 🙂

    1. Thanks! Have a blessed Monday!

  3. I agree with Debbie. It is hard to be courageous and stand firm in our convictions when so many Christians are compromising all around us, just watching “a few minutes” of that show, or saying, “I know _____ is a sin, but they’re such a good person, maybe the Bible isn’t really right about that.” I am fighting discouragement over these little compromises people I love are making, and taking courage in the fact that Jesus will not lose any of His sheep.

    1. Yes, inconsistency in standards gets very discouraging. That’s when it helps to remember we are each accountable for our own actions, and nobody else’s. We have a responsibility to speak up, when we see a brother/sister continuing in sin – but they are held accountable for their own choices.

  4. I love that reading leads to knowing leads to obeying. Psalm 27:13-14 is a big encouragement to me in this area. Thanks for the reminder. I love God’s promises and command to Joshua. Blessings, Rachael from Inking the Heart (linking with you at Rachel’s)

    1. That’s a great passage too! Thanks for stopping by, Rachael!

  5. Amen! Wonderful reminder.

  6. I hate to admit it but what others may think keeps me from being courageous. I’m working on that character flaw. What a great post!

    1. It may be a flaw – but it’s a very human thing! We all struggle with that, to some degree.

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