Imagine meeting a friend to celebrate their birthday and being excited about giving them the gift you’ve found especially for them. You know they will love the gift because it is something they’ve been wanting.

Now, imagine as you place the beautifully wrapped gift on the table – your friend doesn’t open it. Even after mentioning the gift several times, your lunch ends and your friend thanks you for a wonderful lunch; but leaves the unopened gift on the table.

Although this scenario seems far-fetched, it happens in our relationship with God. God offers the gift of courage and sometimes we leave His gift on the table in our life. God-given courage is a gift and it’s transforming.

We have to consciously choose to take courage, believe Him more than the enemy of our soul. To take courage means to believe God more than we than we believe our circumstances, our concerns or our challenges.

We must be courageous enough to listen to the Promises of God more than the voice of our circumstances.

Believing God, trusting Him and His Word above all else is a decision – not an emotion.

How do we take courage? Consider these 4 steps:

  1. Pray Persistently – Luke 18:3 tells us the parable of the persistent widow. She continuously petitioned the judge to “Grant her justice against her adversary”. Because of her tenacity, the judge granted her petition. God hears and listens to our prayers and tell us that the prayers of the righteous are powerful and effective in James 5:16.
  2. Read God’s Word – Perhaps you’ve heard the acronym for the Bible – Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth Joshua 1:9 tells us to be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go. God’s heart, God’s plan, God’s love for us is revealed in the Scriptures.
  3. Surround yourself with encouraging, godly friends. Proverbs 11:14 says Where there is no guidance, a person falls, but in an abundance of counselors there is safety. We are wise to seek counsel and pursue wisdom in addressing the issues of life.
  4. Having done all, Stand! (Ephesians 6:13) Stand in God’s strength, stand in God’s ability to do for you what you cannot do for yourself.

What area in your life can be transformed today by receiving God’s gift of courage?