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. Isaiah 41:13
In the devotional book, 100 Days to Brave by Annie F. Downs, she defines what “brave” is. Without a doubt, “brave” is going to be a little different for each person because we are all unique in our needs and tendencies and in how we have been shaped by our environment and upbringing. So, being brave is going to look different in each of us. The author explains how courage is the starting point to being brave. “Courage is doing things even when you’re scared. Being brave isn’t something that happens when you’re not scared anymore. “
I watch the show America’s Got Talent and there have been many times a contestant comes out on stage and you can see it in their body language and in their voice and words how scared they are. But they are there for a purpose, to show America the talent they have and this propels them forward to take the action. It gets them moving out onto that stage before the 3 judges and a very large audience, not to mention the millions watching on television. The transformation from the courage it took to step out on that stage to the point that they are being brave begins when they start showing their talent, they begin their song or when they start their comedy routine. The audience starts responding with cheers and love and they transform from being scared to being brave. Being brave brings confidence that shows in your body and in your face. You can see the transformation. America’s Got Talent Excerpt
The author couldn’t have said it better when she said, “Being brave is hearing that voice of fear in your head, but saying, “Okay, but the truth is, God made me on purpose and for a purpose.” Fear is seen so often in Christian counseling; it has become something that is ruling their hearts and controlling their lives. Some temperaments will have that fear of rejection and others will have the fear of the unknown and still others will fear their finances will run out. But The truth is indeed what can set them free. Seeing that God has made you on purpose and for a purpose is that first step in being able to get the courage from God that will take your fear and transform it to bravery. When we do this, we are bringing God glory and fulfilling our primary purpose. We can rise above the fear in our hearts with the courage God can give us but we have to lean on Him. That is what He designed us for; to lean on Him and rely on Him; to let Him rule our hearts, guide our steps and give us the strength we need to do His will. So, the question is are we being brave in the land of the brave or are we stuck with fear reigning over us?
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