It’s Courage that Counts – 1
Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts. Winston Churchill
Kingdom leaders today are called to be courageous in their leadership decisions as the times in which we lead are filled with danger. Threats abound and it is tempting to shrink back, don’t be thought of as ‘extreme,’ try to fit in, and just keep hoping that things will improve over time.
It will take leaders of courage who will stand in the gap and face down a cultural tide that is increasingly hostile to the Kingdom of God. Below are several key principles for growing in courage.
1. Let your faith in God give you courage to do His will (Isaiah 12:2, 1 Corinthians 16:13, Ephesians 3:12, Philippians 1:20, Hebrews 3:6).
Since we have such a hope, we are very bold… 2 Corinthians 3:12 (ESV)
2. There can be blessings for those of us that act with courage in God’s will
But you, take courage! Do not let your hands be weak, for your work shall be rewarded. 2 Chronicles 15:7 (ESV)
3. Have courage when facing idols, false prophets and enemies, because they are nothing compared to God (Deuteronomy 18:22, Psalm 56:3-4, Isaiah 41:22-24, Matthew 10:28, Luke 12:4-5).
What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? Romans 8:31 (ESV)
Be courageous because God is in control of all things (Matthew 10:29-31).
For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands, for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control. 2 Timothy 1:6-7 (ESV)
Are you boldly trusting Him who holds the world in His hands? Or are you shrinking back because the threats seem large and the potential consequences unthinkable? Be bold! Be courageous!