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Masculine Journey to Biblical Manhood: Part 4- "True Biblical Manhood"

Written by vernon.

A Biblical Man Has Courage

While the world may depict Jesus as a soft push over, the truth is that He was a strong, fearless man of courage. It took courage to knock over the tables of the money changers in the temple (Matthew 21:12), courage to stand up for the way of God in the face of persecution by the world and by the religious system of that day, and courage to go to the cross when He knew the great pain, torment and embarrassment that awaited him (Luke 22:42).

Deuteronomy 31:6 (NIV) - 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. 

God goes to great lengths to tell us not to be afraid, by saying in:

2 TIMOTHY 1:7 – THAT HE HAS NOT GIVEN US A “SPIRIT OF FEAR, BUT ONE OF POWER AND OF LOVE AND OF SELF-CONTROL.”

When God commissioned Joshua to lead the children of Israel into The Promised Land in the face of the great and powerful Canaanites, He told him to “be strong and of good courage” three times. In fact, God actually commanded the children of Israel to be strong and courageous (Joshua 1:9).

Courage is one of the many attributes we receive when we receive The Holy Spirit.  Peter, after walking with Jesus for roughly three years, becoming a close confidant of His and witnessing His miracles, his  fear actually led him to deny that he even knew Jesus (John 18:15-27). But after He was filled with The Holy Spirit (Acts 2), Peter stood up and boldly preached before thousands of Jews that the Jesus they rejected and crucified was the Lord and Christ of both the world and of the Jews.

When we rely on God, putting our faith and trust in Him, we can walk in the strength and courage He has given us and indeed commands to exhibit. God has called us to be men of faith, not men of fear, for as the Psalmist says in 34:4, God “delivered him from all his fears.”

Throughout history there are stories after stories of countless people who through selfless acts have defied the odds, taking great risks, endured great persecution and ridicule because they took a stand of courage. 

How about you, is there something that you know so should do that will require you to be courageous in order to do it?  Are you thinking about the cost to you personally? 

THE REALITY IS THAT IN ORDER TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE, IT REQUIRES BOLD AND COURAGEOUS ACTS, BECAUSE LIVING IN THE PERPETUAL LAND OF THE AVERAGE NEVER ACCOMPLISHES ANYTHING OF SIGNIFICANCE. 

Today in 2015, it takes courage to be a man of principle, a man of purpose, a man of hope, a man of faith, a man of unconditional love, a man of vision and most importantly a faithful man of God.  It takes courage to be married and stay married, to remain the husband of one wife, to be a father that is present and engage in the training and development of his children.  It takes courage to cast a more desirable vision for your children’s future than the world because the culture constantly screams to us “conform to it, today”.  It takes courage to die to our carnal desires daily so that Christ might live in us by giving God our dreams, aspirations, appetites and plans trusting that his purposes are greater for us. As men it takes courage to trust each other and be held accountable to and for one another. I am my brother’s, keeper!

FEAR ALWAYS STANDS AT THE DOORS OF OPPORTUNITY TO INTIMIDATE THE WEAK OF HEART AND SMALL OF COURAGE.  FEAR REQUIRES THE ANTIDOTE OF COURAGE IN ORDER TO JOLT US INTO THE ABUNDANT LAND OF POSSIBILITY.

As we seek to walk in the bravery God has called us to, it can be helpful to remember the words of Nelson Mandela, who said, “Courage is not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.” We are called to be courageous men of God in spite of opposition and obstacles, we have been declared to be “more than conquerors” in God, who loves us. (Romans 8:37).

Finally, without courage we never step up, step out or step into our purposes or callings and progress remains enslave to apathy and fear.

Psalms 27:14 (NLT) – “Wait patiently for the LORD. Be brave and courageous. Yes, wait patiently for the LORD.”

1 Corinthians 16:13 (NIV) - Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong.

PRAYER:

Father, teach me your ways and help me to submit to your Holy Spirit daily so that I will stand in the culture as a man of courage always trusting you and not leaning to my own understanding.

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