In the bible the word ‘courage‘ appears with the word ‘good’ more often; we are admonished to be of good courage. Whenever a man had a big task to undertake, the encouragement was; ‘be of good courage.’ Courage is a necessary ingredient in life for anyone who wants to be an achiever. Courage is bravery, guts, to be daring and having the audacity; boldness where cowards would rather hide. A clear example is when Moses was leaving the stage for Joshua to take over the leadership role to possess the land. Then Moses called Joshua and said to him in the sight of all Israel, “Be strong and of good courage, for you must go with this people to the land which the LORD has sworn to their fathers to give them, and you shall cause them to inherit it” Deuteronomy 31:7. Moses spoke to Joshua, because he knew what was required to for this task.
Later God also spoke told Joshua; “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go” Joshua 1:9. This was a command to Joshua; ‘be strong and of good courage, and do not be afraid’, using the same words Moses used. Be strong and courageous; build the inner strength from the word of God. This is required of those called into leadership, because to lead other into new territories, facing the challenges on the way requires strength. Our brevity is borne out of God’s word, build your inner man and refuse to be afraid because of the enormity of the task. Pray like Paul; “that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man,” Ephesians 3:16. You need inner fortitude, spiritual stamina and brevity to enforce your victory even when faced with a daunting task. Be of good courage; refuse to fear because God is with you at all times.
You can release your faith and refuse to fear. As children of God, fear is not in our nature; “For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, ‘Abba, Father,'” Romans 8:15. We were once in bondage, but now we have received the Spirit of adoption, we are adopted as children of God; we should not fear, instead in any terrifying situation, we should cry “Abba, Father.” That is an emergency call to our Daddy-God. He said that He is with us; He will uphold and help us in all circumstances, hallelujah. We are equipped perfectly by God not to fear; “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. We have received the Spirit of power, love and a sound mind. This is our source of courage. Whenever you feel discouraged, encourage yourself in the Lord. This is how David did it; “And David was greatly distressed; for the people spake of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and for his daughters: but David encouraged himself in the LORD his God” 1 Samuel 30:6. No wonder David never flinched in the face of challenges, or at the battle front before the Goliath, and whatever he set out to do, he accomplished it. Be of good courage and always encourage yourself as you feed on God’s word.
Make this declaration; ‘I refuse to fear, God is my helper’. I am strong and of good courage. I undertake every task successful, because I am encouraged by the word of God. I have the boldness to lay hold on whatever belongs to me without fear of failure. I possess inner fortitude and I am continually strengthened in the inner man by the Spirit of God.
~ Robert Ssesanga
Pastor Robert Ssesanga founded Aflame Gospel Ministries and is Senior Pastor of Aflame Gospel Assembly in Kampala, Uganda. An author and speaker, he travels internationally preaching the Gospel with signs, miracles and wonders, as God attests to His word with power. His emphasis on victorious living and enjoying the supernatural life has impacted many lives in many nations. His passion is to demonstrate the gospel and impact generations.