Have you ever been in a situation where you have to be brave even though you are completely terrified? Where you have to be strong even though you feel about as tough as a wet paper bag? Where you absolutely need to have courage, but you are pretty sure your spirit animal is Courage the Cowardly Dog? PLEASE say yes so I don’t feel like I am the only one!
This conundrum is part of the human condition and living in a sinful world, so let’s talk about it. I want to share some ways you can be brave regardless of your feelings or your circumstances.
#1. Honey, you need Jesus. Plain and simple. Without the indwelling of the Holy Spirit and without filling ourselves with the Truth found in the Word of God, weakness, fear and chaos will reign in our lives, especially during times of crisis. The Lord is the source of our strength. Isaiah 40:29 says that “He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.” When you feel the weight of life crushing you, ask the God of angel armies to renew your strength. This is a prayer He loves to answer.
#2. Do not lose hope in God. Psalm 25:3 says that “no one whose hope is in You will ever be put to shame.” No matter how hopeless you may feel, don’t let yourself lose hope that God is for you (Romans 8:31).
#3. Surround yourself with people who will encourage you, pray with you, and challenge you to take your faith to the next level. You and I were not designed to navigate the ups and downs of this life on our own.
Around a year ago, Jesus gave me a beautiful gift. He brought me into a group of women with supernatural faith and anointing, and these women have been my rock through a particularly difficult year. Truthfully, when I look back over my time walking with Him, I can see how He has done this many times – brought me into the community I needed at that exact moment I needed them. When I consider the struggles I have faced and am currently facing, I truly do not know if I would have survived and if my faith would have survived without these support systems God provided.
Maybe you know this full well by experience and are nodding your head in agreement as you read this. Maybe the Lord has been nudging you to reach out to other believers, but you have been putting it off. I want to encourage you to become part of a family of faith, whatever that looks like for you. My prayer for you is that you would allow Him to lead you into relationships with people who will help you be brave when you feel scared.
#4. Remember that this life is your assignment. God put you on this earth to accomplish the purpose for which he created you. You have a job to do. Steven Furtick says that “opposition doesn’t prevent the presence of God. It provides an opportunity to prove the presence of God in your life.” God does not let hardships go to waste. Any difficulty you are facing will be used by God to fulfil your purpose during your life on this earth. The best news is that once your days on this earth come to an end, you will spend eternity with Jesus, because heaven is your home.
Bravery doesn’t always roar like a lion or make the headlines. It’s not perfection or total lack of fear. Sometimes bravery is just not giving up. It’s showing up every day and staying the course. You were created to be brave.
Father God, we come to you in our brokenness declaring that we need Your Spirit to make us strong. Thank you that in our weakness, we are strong because of you. Thank you that we can always trust and put our hope in You. I ask that You surround us with people who can be our support system during the storms of life. Equip us and make us strong to fulfil the purpose for which we were created. We love you, Jesus.