An old line had it that preachers often preach over and again on their great weakness. Over more than half a century I have found, if the old line be true, I am seriously lacking in two areas on which I speak most often. The number two is really an expanded one.
You will see what I mean as these 250 words progress.
The first Prime Minister of Israel, David Ben-Gurion, said, “What can seem impossible is often possible with courage.”
Too many of us, me included, often are stopped from achieving our goals, fulfilling our dreams due to the lack of courage to take the first step toward them.
Courage is not the absence of fear, but is as John Wayne said, “Courage is saddling up and riding out anyhow.” This is courage tied in with faith, a belief that is strong enough to overcome fear having a firm reason to trust. We often sing, “Faith is the glorious victory that overcomes the world.” It’s true. A firm trust produces courage.
I began a long series of sermons Sunday past on the courage of Joseph. It’s obvious, though mostly overlooked, that Joseph believed the promise made to his Great Grandfather, and thus, through faith in this promise had the courage to keep on no matter what the circumstances.
Hebrews 11:10 For he (Abraham) looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God.
Copyright © 2013 Larry Lilly
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