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In Touch - July 29, 2005

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In Touch Daily Devotional 
by Dr. Charles Stanley

Friday July 29, 2005
A Courageous Life
Ephesians 1:18-21

Courage starts to grow inside us when we recognize God's presence with us. It continues to build as we draw on His strength.

Without the Lord’s enabling power, hardship and stress will drain us emotionally and hurt us physically. Such depletion leaves us spiritually vulnerable to Satan's attacks. After 40 years of wandering, the nation of Israel was in such a state. They should have believed the two spies who trusted in God's presence and power to help them. Instead, however, they allowed their weakness to sway them, and they sided with the remaining ten spies, who claimed the Canaanite obstacles were too great (Numbers 13:26-32)

In contrast, the apostle Paul faced the Roman tribunal after enduring great hardship and pressure but was not dismayed because the Lord stood with him and strengthened him. In fact, Paul discovered that the power of God in his life reached its peak when he was at his lowest point. (2 Corinthians 12:9-10) Times of helplessness and weakness are, in reality, opportunities to receive an abundance of divine power. (Philippians 4:13)

Being yielded to God's purposes is the final element in becoming courageous. Paul knew that God had a design for every incident in his life—even the hardest ones. He remained committed to the work God had given him. But we tend to waver in the face of problems and look for a way out. If we accept God's way, we will find courage welling up from within.

Imagine how you would look standing next to God, drawing on His strength, and fulfilling His desires. It will be a picture of courage.

 

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