Struggling to be brave? Wondering how to have more courage to do what God is calling you to do? Read these scriptures. Let the truth of God’s Word soak into you and motivate you to step forward in faith and to trust Him to empower you today.
God is with me. Courage comes from knowing I’m not alone.
“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9
God made me to be courageous. Courage comes from knowing I’ve been created to be brave no matter what I might be feeling.
“For God did not give you a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline.” 2 Timothy 1:7
God is for me. Courage comes from knowing all things work for my good when I am doing what God has called me to do.
“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified. What, then, shall we say in response to this? If God is for us, who can be against us? Romans 8:28-31
God will fight my battles. Courage comes from knowing God is my defender.
“‘Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or discouraged because of the king of Assyria and the vast army with him, for there is a greater power with us than with him. With him is only the arm of flesh, but with us is the Lord our God to help us and to fight our battles.’ And the people gained confidence from what Hezekiah the king of Judah said.” 2 Chronicles 32:7-8
God will help me through. Courage comes from knowing God is my support no matter what I might face.
“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…‘For I am the Lord, your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you. Do not be afraid, O worm Jacob, O little Israel, for I myself will help you,’ declares the Lord, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel.” Isaiah 41:10, 13-14
God will uphold me. Courage comes from knowing when I confess my need and rely on Him, God will bring me through my distress.
“They mounted up to the heavens and went down to the depths; in their peril their courage melted away…Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble, and he brought them out of their distress. He stilled the storm to a whisper; the waves of the sea were hushed.” Psalm 107:26, 28-29
God’s purposes will prevail. Courage comes from knowing God has a bigger plan.
“Many are the plans in a man’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.” Proverbs 19:21
God is in control. Courage comes from knowing He will be there at the beginning, in the middle, as well as at the end of whatever I am now facing.
“I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.” Revelation 22:13
God is my supply. Courage comes from knowing He will provide for my every need.
“And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:19
God is mighty and powerful. Courage comes from knowing I have strength in Him to stand and remain standing until I’ve accomplished all God calls me to do.
“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore, put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.” Ephesians 6:10-13
God is love. Courage comes from knowing He loves me and from relying on that love to do what He has called me to do.
“If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in him and he in God. And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him. In this way, love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment, because in this world we are like him. There is no fear in love. Perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.” 1 John 4:14-18
God loves without limit. Courage comes from knowing nothing can separate me from God’s love.
“For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:38-39
God has made me His child. Courage comes from knowing I am His and can call on Him anytime and anywhere to receive His help.
“For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave against to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship. And by him we cry, ‘Abba, Father.’” Romans 8:15
God has no favorites. Courage comes from knowing God has supplied countless other people before me the same courage He will also give me.
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.” Hebrews 12:1
God honors my willingness. Courage comes from knowing when I spend time in His presence, He restores and sustains me.
“Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do no cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.” Psalm 51:10-12
God calls us to press on imperfectly. Courage comes from knowing we don’t have to be perfect to move forward in what He has called us to do.
“Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 3:12-14
Scripture quotations are taken from the New International Version
unless otherwise indicated in the text.
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