The famous American pilot Eddie Rickenbacker once said, “Courage is doing what you’re afraid to do. There can be no courage unless you’re scared.” But, it’s very human to think of courage being the absence of fear. That’s why Rickenbacker’s observation can help us in our Christian lives.
God’s work is not accomplished by might or power (Zechariah 4:6). God’s perfect love will help us cast out our fear (1 John 4:18, 2 Timothy 1:7). The Holy Spirit lives in us, and he helps us to fulfill our commission.
God inspires courage in us, and gives us power to advance his kingdom. God is not simply a resident in our lives, he is the president of our lives! He has marching orders for each of us individually, and all of us collectively. During those times when we feel that we are slipping away from God, we can go to him for help. He will renew our courage and faith. He meets us in Scripture and in prayer as we face life’s challenges. As Jesus’ disciples, we live every moment by faith in the Son of God, who loves us and gave himself for us.
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Joseph Tkach has been president of Grace Communion International since 1995. He holds a Doctor of Ministry degree from Azusa Pacific University. For more information about him, click here.