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Weekly Teachings by Erik Momsen

Courage

by Erik Momsen

Faith is seen as a number of things to believe and a way of thinking.  Faith is easily understood to be a passive thing.  This leave the modern believer inactive and ineffective.  His faith does not really make a difference in his life.

People of faith in the Bible are people who accomplished great things.  They took a word or and instruction from God, did it despite great opposition and made a eternal mark on the world.

THE MODERN "BELIEVER" EASILY BECOMES AN OBSERVER INSTEAD OF SOMEONE WHO TAKES ON THE WORLD
"And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of Heaven is taken by violence, and the violent take it by force." (Matthew 11:12)
"The Law and the Prophets were proclaimed until John.  Since that time, the good news of the kingdom of God is being preached, and everyone is forcing his way into it." (Luke 16:16)
 - There is an aggressiveness in the Kingdom
 - It is not a passive thing
 - It is a life of courage and adventure - of struggle and battle
 - It is a life of victory --- not always physical but definitely eternal

I spent an hour at St. Dominiques School last week.  The institution was founded 110 years ago and a large statue of Jesus stands overlooking the sports fields.  Someone or perhaps a few had the GUTS, faith, courage to start that ministry and it stands beyond their lifetime.

FAITH = COURAGE
I have seen men lose courage and the will to live.  I have also seen men regain faith and courage and start to live.

COURAGE TO STAND
"And it greatly distressed David, for the people spoke of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, each one for his sons and for his daughters.  But David encouraged himself in the LORD his God." (1 Samuel 30:6)
 - This life will have struggles and some might be bone crushing
 - Imagine your wife, children and everything you have being carried off
 - Turning to the Lord is the only sure source of courage - the GUTS to GO

COURAGE FROM THE WRONG SOURCE

"And at that time Hanani the seer came to Asa king of Judah and said to him, Because you have relied on the king of Syria, and have not relied on the LORD your God, therefore the army of the king of Syria has escaped out of your hand.  Were not the Cushites and the Libyans a huge army with many chariots and horsemen?  Yet, because you relied on the LORD, he delivered them into your hand.  For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro in all the whole earth to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is perfect toward Him.  You have done foolishly in this; therefore from now on you shall have wars." (2 Chronicles 16:7-9)
 - The Lord is looking for those to protect, up-lift and bless
 - A heart perfect toward Him - undivided - no other hope - no alternative

COURAGE TO WIN
"Be strong and of a good courage.  Do not fear nor be afraid of them.  For the LORD your God is He who goes with you.  He will not fail you nor forsake you.  And Moses called to Joshua and said to him in the sight of all Israel, Be strong and of a good courage.  For you must go with this people to the land which the LORD has sworn to their fathers to give it to them, and you shall cause them to inherit it.  And the LORD is He who goes before you.  He will be with you; He will not fail you nor forsake you.  Do not fear; nor be dismayed."
(Deuteronomy 31:6-8)
 - This promise is dependent on Israel keeping TRUE to the One God
 - I have no doubt God has a mission for each people, each family each church
 - Be strong & courageous - God is calling for strength
 - There are no Biblical wimps - perhaps Jonah, but then this is a satire
 - God intends His people to win the battles He sets for them
 - God intends for the Kingdom to advance
 - God intends His people to make earth a little more like heaven
 - Earth is always in the process of becoming darker or brighter
 - The question remains, will you be salt? - tastes good but also burns
 - Will you be light and help yourself and others find the way

"I would have fainted unless I had believed to see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living. Hope in the LORD; be of good courage, and He shall make your heart strong; yea, hope in the LORD." (Psalm 27:13,14)

Date Added: 2010-05-02

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