If Spiritual Courage Was Sold in a Bottle

by | Oct 27, 2022 | Faith, Jesus & the Gospel, Prayer & Devotion, Spirit-Led Living, Spiritual Warfare

Read Time: 4 Minutes 26 Seconds

What if we could go to the store or pharmacy and purchase a bottle of courage as easily as a bottle of cough syrup? I believe it would be flying off the shelves.

Courage is defined as the “mental or moral strength to venture, persevere and withstand danger, fear or difficulty.” It is the choice and willingness to confront agony, pain, danger, uncertainty or intimidation.

It is bravery especially in battle. There is no denying that we are in a battle like no other for our nation. Courage enables us to face pain, discouragement, loss and hardship. It causes us to continue to speak up when we know there will be a cost.

Proverbs 24:10 tells us: “If you falter in a time of trouble, how small is your strength! (NIV). The Passion Translation says, “If you faint when under pressure, you have need of courage.”

America needs courage.

Winston Churchill stepped into history when he stepped into his role as prime minister during a time when it appeared Britain was already lost. Few would have been willing to take on the uphill battle to lead in that time of war against Hitler. His predecessor simply sought peace, but lacked the backbone to stand. What about us?

The first year of Churchill’s administration, Britain stood alone against Nazi Germany. Churchill had made a promise that the British people would “never surrender.” And they didn’t. His courage and strength gave them courage.

Will We Impart Courage or Fear?

The way we live, how we respond and the words that come out of our mouths will either instill fear or courage in our children, grandchildren and those around us. When we live by courage, we impart courage.

Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr., a physician and poet in the late 1800’s said, “Courage is about doing what you’re afraid to do. There can be no courage unless you’re scared. Have the courage to act instead of react.” It wasn’t just a motto he lived by, but what he imparted into his family line. His son, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. served as a U.S. Supreme Court Justice from 1902-1932 and has become one of the most widely cited justices. It certainly appears he learned courage as a child and then acted on it.

I look back to the days when I was in elementary school when prayer was removed from schools and abortion legalized. I remember hearing adults lament over these tragedies, but at least in the circles in which I lived, I don’t remember many who took action to actually try to stop what was taking place.

Our nation paid the price. We have paid a price. I don’t want my children looking back to say they never saw us stand up to defeat the tyranny now at work to take over our freedom. As we consider the path forward may we recognize that sometimes the determination to stand against evil is just as important as defeating it.

What about the heroes of faith who chose courage knowing it could end in death?

What about young David as he ran toward Goliath with only five stones and his trusty slingshot?

Or Queen Esther as she chose to go before the king to plead for the life of her people?

Or Jonathan and his armor bearer who climbed a hill-top, at a distinct military disadvantage, and defeated twenty men imparting courage to his father’s discouraged troops? Jonathan took courage because he understood that “Perhaps the LORD will help us, for nothing can hinder the LORD. He can win a battle whether he has many warriors or only a few!” (1 Sam. 14:6).

What about more modern-day heroes such as Paul Revere who rode through the night to alert military leaders and unsuspecting colonists that the British were coming?

Or Harriet Tubman who made 19 trips along the Underground Railroad to free over 300 enslaved people between 1850-1860 even with a $40,000 ($1.2 million in 2020) bounty on her head.

Or the young man in China who stood in front of the armored tank rolling down the street?

The ability to stand in the face of fear is a selfless act that stirs supernatural courage. It releases hope into the atmosphere and in others.

As we consider our present-day fight for religious freedom, freedom of speech, the right to own property and the right to bear arms and protect our families, may we remember it is a fight in which our children are watching and on which our nation hinges.

Courage may not come in a bottle, but it does come in a book. It is where we must keep our eyes and hearts firmly on Him willing as we continue in prayer as we continue as one.

Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you (Deut. 31:6).

Lord, we look to You in these difficult times knowing that nothing is impossible with You. Your Word is truth and we plant our feet firmly on that truth that you hear our prayers and our cry for help. Lord, we believe that America was founded as a nation upon Your Word. That we would stand for religious freedom and to honor You. And so now we choose to stand by faith in the face of those who attempt to destroy our Constitution and the biblical values upon which it was created. We pray regarding the mid-term elections and ask for Your intervention against corruption. We pray for godly leaders to be installed where unrighteous leaders have installed themselves. We pray for mercy and revival in our land.

(reprinted with permission from Intercessors for America)

Bring Charisma magazine home with a subscription today!

Karen Hardin is a literary agent and writer. She is the author of “Infected: How to Stop the Global Spread of Rage, Deception and Insanity” and “God’s Justice after Injustice.” Her work has been published in USA Today, Western Journal, World Net Daily, Intercessors for America, Charisma, CBN.com and more. Click here for an Oklahoma Voter Guide. Click here to receive a free copy of “How to Overcome Adverse Situations” prayer guide.

CHARISMA NEWSLETTERS

Stay up-to-date with current issues, Christian teachings, entertainment news, videos & more.

The latest breaking Christian news you need to know about as soon as it happens.

Prophetic messages from respected leaders & news of how God is moving throughout the world. 


MORE FROM CHARISMA

Troy Black Shares A Message to Help You Fight For Faith Again

Troy Black Shares A Message to Help You Fight For Faith Again

Young, old, rich or poor—nobody is immune to the feeling of brokenness. Jesus' life, death and resurrection on earth is a constant reminder that death no longer has a sting. Fear and hopelessness lurk throughout the earth trying to find an opportune moment to consume...

Kevin Sorbo’s Transformative Encounter as a Teen with Billy Graham

Kevin Sorbo’s Transformative Encounter as a Teen with Billy Graham

Actor Kevin Sorbo is known today for his roles in faith-based movies, like "God's Not Dead" and "Left Behind," but the iconic "Hercules" star's Christian roots took form at an early age. Sorbo recently told CBN's "Faith vs. Culture" he first read the prophetic book of...

7 Forms of Functional Cessationism

7 Forms of Functional Cessationism

In this article, cessationism refers to the doctrine, practice or belief that the ascension ministry gifts and the manifestations of the Holy Spirit ceased with the early church and do not function in the present church age (Eph. 4:11-16; 1 Cor. 12: 4-11). The...

Practical Tips to Maximize Your Time

Practical Tips to Maximize Your Time

We all have the same amount of time—four hours a day, seven days a week. And the longer I live, the more I discover that time is too valuable for us to waste any of it. That’s why it is so important that we learn to live on purpose, for a purpose. The truth is if you...

Enter the Courts of Heaven with Rabbi Curt Landry

Enter the Courts of Heaven with Rabbi Curt Landry

This article was first released by Curt Landry Ministries. Note: This is the first of a two-part series of articles. When you enter heaven's courtroom to do spiritual warfare, you are asking that the will of God, what is written in His books, be released from heaven...

The Spiritual Awakening of Buffalo, New York

The Spiritual Awakening of Buffalo, New York

Monday night, Jan. 2, 2023, God drew our nation to prayer as Bills player Damar Hamlin experienced cardiac arrest on live tv. Could this have been the largest spontaneous prayer meeting in the history of our nation—beginning with players on the field, spreading to...

RECENT ARTICLES

Mario Murillo: ‘What I Have Said About Kat Kerr and Robin Bullock Stands’

Perhaps you read my previous blog entitled "Mario, where have you been?" I went through a fiery ordeal before I obeyed God and wrote it. I thought, "Why should I wade into such controversy and incur...
Dr. Don Colbert: How This Every Day Ingredient is Killing Your Brain

Dr. Don Colbert: How This Every Day Ingredient is Killing Your Brain

Read Time: 4 Minutes 43 Seconds Of the many artificial sweeteners out there, such as aspartame, sucralose (Splenda), saccharin (Sugar Twin and Sweet’N Low) and neotame (NutraSweet), aspartame is one of the most common. How common? Aspartame is an ingredient in more...

Messianic Rabbi: The Problem with Paul

Messianic Rabbi: The Problem with Paul

Read Time: 3 Minutes 36 Seconds I cannot tell you the number of conversations that I have participated in, or the number of sermons or Bible studies I have heard, where someone made the statement, “The problem with Paul is…” and then the person made a definitive...

stock.adobe.com

Pin It on Pinterest