Inside: When fear strangles and closes in, we need to remember that He is walking hand in hand with us. Here are the best bible verses for courage.
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Seven years ago, my dad had a benign tumor sitting in close proximity to his cerebellum. So basically, he had a large tumor next to the back of his head. The tumor was affecting his balance and he went from walking normally to needing a walker over the span of a few months.
The surgery to remove the tumor took over 17 hours and there was a high probability he would have some lasting deficits from it.
My dad returned from surgery with no issues or deficits. The neurosurgeon called him his miracle patient.
I was filled with fear, the two weeks Dad was in the hospital.
Gripping, strangling fear.
I had no control over the situation. It was out of my hands and I didn’t know how to deal with that.
Striving in the Flesh
I felt like I had to do something. Even in regards to God.
I had the wrong mindset though. Spending more time in His word or praying really hard somehow, I thought this might result in finding more grace with God. I was stuck on my own good works instead of the Great Work of the Cross.
God had to make my Dad better.
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Doing instead of relaxing and releasing.
Closed fists of tension rather than open hands of believing, I didn’t have to do more because it’s already been done for me.
Have you been there before?
Feeling God’s Presence
On the fourth floor of the hospital in a private waiting room, God whispered to my heart to stop the striving. He beckoned me to release and surrender this inner tension.
The most amazing thing happened. The gritting of teeth and weariness of muscles gave way to an inner serenity. A blanket of peace enveloped me. I can still remember that moment because it’s been etched in my heart.
It was a moment where I sensed God’s presence.
Here’s what I missed in relentless acts of doing. The stronghold of fear devoured me, but my Dad remained peaceful and relaxed. I repeatedly asked him, “why aren’t you reading your Bible, or why aren’t you praying?” He would just say,” God has it already worked out.”
How did I miss his bold faith and realize this seven years later? What I thought was little faith, was actually faith-in-action in the midst of a stressful situation.
Bible Verses about Courage
- God is with me, hand in hand (Psalm 118:6).
- He helps me (Hebrews 13:6).
- God fights for me (Deuteronomy 5:5).
- The Almighty saves me (Isaiah 35:4).
- His presence will give me peace (John 14:27).
- God enables me to be strong (Joshua 1:9).
- The Deliverer will deliver me (Psalm 34:4).
When fear strangles and closes in, we need to remember that He is walking hand in hand with us. He already has it worked out for our good, even when we can’t see any good or the direction.
Inactivity doesn’t mean little faith, but rather bold faith standing up to fear.
We will need to reaffirm our trust repeatedly, it isn’t a one-time action. If you’re like me, you will start striving again and need to reaffirm the trust. I’m not good at this surrendering, I need to reaffirm multiple times every hour.
Here’s the thing, it isn’t failing when we need to begin again, it’s planting our faith and seeing growth. We become more observant to the fear and the greater need and dependence on our Savior.
(Galatians 2:20-21, NLT).
20 My old self has been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. So I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. 21 I do not treat the grace of God as meaningless. For if keeping the law could make us right with God, then there was no need for Christ to die.
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