God Gives Us Courage

For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.

2 Timothy 1:7

I do not know how there can be people who say they believe in God and live full of fear. Who knows God should live completely confident and not afraid of anything or anyone. The first is that we must realize that God is Almighty and if He is on our side, nothing will harm us. Secondly, if God is our Father, He will take care of us. And according to 2 Timothy 1:7 God has not given us a spirit of fear, therefore, the believer must live confidently and without fear.

Now it is possible for someone to read or listen to the first paragraph of this message to say, “Yes, Tony, his mouth is easy to say; tell me if anything has not been afraid in your life for something.” I’d be lying if I said no and if you asked me if I felt fear after I become a child of God, I confess that is also true. Not that I have lived fearful all the time; but I’ve been afraid sometimes. And I tell you something else; the great titans of the Bible have felt.

Speaking of the Bible, which I love to read it is to see the authenticity of his characters. Every man or woman of God is presented in Scripture in his or her humanity with strengths and weaknesses. The most powerful Old Testament prophet was Elijah and Chapter 19 of 1 Kings speaks an interesting story about him. As per 1 Kings 19:1: And Ahab told Jezebel all that Elijah had done, also how he had executed all the prophets with the sword.

Elijah made a demonstration of the power of God to the people of the Kingdom of Israel and shamed the prophets of Baal who were killed by the sword. The response to this act of Elijah by Queen Jezebel gives 1 Kings 19:2: Then Jezebel sent a messenger to Elijah, saying, “So let the gods do to me, and more also, if I do not make your life as the life of one of them by tomorrow about this time.”

What did about the mighty prophet Elijah, who yesterday made a great demonstration of the power of God? See 1 Kings 19:3-4: And when he saw that, he arose and ran for his life, and went to Beersheba, which belongs to Judah, and left his servant there. But he himself went a day’s journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a broom tree. And he prayed that he might die, and said, “It is enough! Now, Lord, take my life, for I am no better than my fathers!”

Elijah, having done miracles, wonders and signs of the power of God fled from the threat of a wicked queen on his life. He ended up hiding in a cave in the desert of Sinai where God took him out. 1 Kings 19:13 says: So it was, when Elijah heard it, that he wrapped his face in his mantle and went out and stood in the entrance of the cave. Suddenly a voice came to him, and said, “What are you doing here, Elijah?” Today God he is inviting you to leave the cave of your fears and says: “My son, my daughter, what are you doing in that cave?” The Spirit who dwells in every child of God is not the spirit of fear or cowardice. Your Father tells you today that you raise, exit the cave and have courage God bless you.

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