Sermon Courage Will Make the Difference

 Courage Will Make the Difference

Courage is one of the greatest virtues because it helps us make decisions based on our innermost feelings or on our knowledge of our capabilities. It is a quality everyone needs to achieve success in life; without it, some people may not understand their limitations or may act irrationally due to their emotions overwhelming them. 

1. Joshua and Caleb are remembered for their Courage

The rest are remembered 500 years latter for their cowardice Psalms 95:7-11

The rest are remembered 1500 years later Hebrews 4:1-3

Hebrews 4:1-3  Therefore, since a promise remains of entering His rest, let us fear lest any of you seem to have come short of it.  (2)  For indeed the gospel was preached to us as well as to them; but the word which they heard did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in those who heard it.  (3)  For we who have believed do enter that rest, as He has said: "SO I SWORE IN MY WRATH, 'THEY SHALL NOT ENTER MY REST,' " although the works were finished from the foundation of the world.

They are examples of Disobedience Hebrews 4:11
Hebrews 4:11  Let us therefore be diligent to enter that rest, lest anyone fall according to the same example of disobedience. 


2. Courage is seen in Christians

Revelation 21:8  But the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death."

Courage is seen in Paul
2 Timothy 4:7  I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.
Courage is seen in Jesus

Example of Jesus
  • Near his death (Lk. 22:39-46).
  • Preparing for greatest trial in his life—prayed.
  • Needed the encouragement of his brethren, but they fell asleep.
  • Where am I when my brethren need me?
  • Ready to endure trial (Jn. 18:3-12).
  • Enemies overtaken that he would approach them.
  • Could have escaped–endured for us (Mt. 26:53).
  • We are taught to expect trials (Lk. 9:21-23).
  • Prepared disciples for trials (Jn. 15:18-21).

3. God Provides Encouragement:

Here are five Bible verses that can help encourage us to have courage to carry out the work of God:
    1. Joshua 1:9 - "Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go."
    2. Isaiah 41:10 - "So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand."
    3. Philippians 4:13 - "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me."
    4. 2 Timothy 1:7 - "For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind."
    5. Hebrews 13:6 - "So we say with confidence, 'The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?'"

He can use me to encourage others:
  • Set right example.
  • Use tongue for good.
  • Hospitality.
  • Strive to be a Barnabas (Acts 4:36).
  • Faithful in worship (Heb. 10:23-25).
“If ye continue in the faith grounded and settled, and be not moved away from the hope of the gospel,” [Col. 1:23]
“…and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith…” [Jude 3]
2. “Unmovable” -
Perseverance- a course of steadfastness
One who is not moved by:
Fear of men - “And I say unto you my friends, Be not afraid of them that kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do.” [Luke 12:4]
Wiles of the Devil – ”… that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.” [Eph. 6:11]
Sorrow & Suffering – “That no man should be moved by these afflictions….” [1 Thess. 3:3]

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These verses remind us that God is with us and will give us the strength and courage we need to carry out his work. We can trust in his promises and rely on his power to overcome any fears or obstacles that we may face. By keeping these verses in our hearts and minds, we can find the courage to step out in faith and boldly proclaim the gospel message to the world.

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