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Standing Alone (3 of 4)
Pastor Jeff Schreve
2 Kings 22:1-38
Courage has been defined as the ability or the willingness to do something difficult or dangerous.
Dennis Rainey, the President of Family Life Ministries in Little Rock, he loves to ask this question. He did it at a meeting I was involved in a couple of years ago. He sat down at our table for dinner. And there were about 6 of us sitting there. And he asked this question: What is the most courageous thing that you've ever done in your life? It generates great conversation when you ask that question, when you think about that question. For you, what is the most courageous thing that you've ever done?
We're in a series called, “Courageous,” and we are trying to learn and grow in this thing called courage. Hey, God shows up when we step up and when we take a step of faith.
Now the biggest enemy to courage is fear. And one of the reasons that some people aren't very courageous in their life is they're afraid. There's the fear of failure. There's the fear of retribution. There's the fear of consequences. There's the fear of fallout. So we don't know what's going to happen if we take this step and so we oftentimes, are tempted to just shrink back in fear. God says, “But My righteous one shall live by faith, and if he shrinks back, My soul has no pleasure in him.” I love the quote from Helen Keller. Helen Keller, who had to overcome deafness and dumbness and blindness, she was a radiant Christian. She said this: “Life is either a daring adventure or it's nothing.” Hey, there's a thrill with taking that step of courage, to feel the fear and do it, anyway. And the Lord knows that we're afraid. And so, He speaks to our hearts and you'll find so many verses in the Scripture about, “Don't be afraid, don't be afraid, don't be afraid.” Hey, God, He's not the author of fear. The Bible says that God doesn't give us a spirit of fear, but of power and love and discipline. The enemy is the on ...
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