Open Heaven 8 July 2018: [Sunday] Daily Devotional By Pastor E. A. Adeboye – Be Courageous
Memorise: Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope in the LORD. Psalm 31:24
Read: Joshua 1:1-9 (KJV)
4 From the wilderness and this Lebanon even unto the great river, the river Euphrates, all the land of the Hittites, and unto the great sea toward the going down of the sun, shall be your coast.
7 Only be thou strong and very courageous, that thou mayest observe to do according to all the law, which Moses my servant commanded thee: turn not from it to the right hand or to the left, that thou mayest prosper withersoever thou goest.
8 This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.
Bible in one year: 2nd Chronicles 9-10, Acts 24:1-21, Hymnal: Sing hymn 4
In the kingdom of God, to be courageous is to have the spiritual, emotional and moral willpower to speak and act without fear in the face of distress or concerns over a threat or challenge being faced.
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Courage is a cardinal virtue that is required to handle any godly leadership position or spiritual assignment. Open Heaven [Sunday] 8 July 2018 Be Courageous. To underscore the importance of courage, saying like “fear not”, “be strong” and “be courageous” were used in several passages of the Bible to encourage God’s appointed leaders. For example, God commanded Joshua to be strong and to be of good courage four times in Joshua chapter one alone. Open Heaven [Sunday] 8 July 2018 Be Courageous. In Daniel 10:19, a heavenly being encouraged Daniel saying, “Fear not: peace be unto thee, be strong, yea, be strong.” God also encouraged Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, David, Zerubbabel, Jeremiah, Peter, Paul and several others in similar fashion. The Lord will support you, encourage you and grant you the fortitude to overcome every obstacle and challenges of life in Jesus’ Name.
Moreover, God often instructs His children, especially leaders amongst them, to embark on assignments that are new and great, unprecedented, unbelievable, unrealistic and practically impossible by any natural means. Open Heaven [Sunday] 8 July 2018 Be Courageous. The nature of God’s assignments usually strikes fear, doubt and confusion into people’s hearts, making it difficult for them to proceed with such tasks without first receiving divine support and encouragement. Courage therefore derives from the hope and assurance of the divine presence in such circumstances. This was what prompted Moses in Exodus 33:15b to say:
Open Heaven 8 July 2018: [Sunday] Daily Devotional By Pastor E. A. Adeboye Be Courageous
Confronted with the impossible task of leading the Israelites to the Promised Land, he hinged his willingness to move forward on the assurance of God’s presence. David also single-handedly ran through a troop because God was with him (2nd Samuel 22:30). I pray that God’s presence will see you through your present challenges and catapult you to your breakthrough in Jesus’ Name.
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Courage is demonstrated in various ways, such as leading God’s people against their enemies, proclaiming the gospel to others, and exercising the authority of God’s kingdom in your sphere of influence. God gives strength to His people and enables them to be courageous by giving them faith. God proves Himself faithful to His promises and His faithfulness enables His people to trust Him for sustenance in everyday life. Children of God are created to be the head and not the tail. You were created to take charge as a leader wherever you find yourself. You therefore need to be bold, strong and courageous because that is your heritage in Christ.
Father, please give me the willpower to influence the world for You in Jesus’ Name.
Sing hymn 4
When we walk with the Lord in
the light of His Word,
What a glory He sheds on our
While we do His good will, He
abides with us still,
And with all who will trust and
Trust and obey, for there’s no other
To be happy in Jesus, but to trust
Not a shadow can rise, not a
cloud in the skies,
But His smile quickly drives it
Not a doubt or a fear, not a sigh
or a tear,
Can abide while we trust and
Not a burden we bear, not a
sorrow we share,
But our toil He doth richly
Not a grief or a loss, not a frown
or a cross,
But is blessed if we trust and
But we never can prove the
delights of His love
Until all on the alter we lay;
For the favor He shows, for the
Joy He bestows,
Are from them who will trust and
Then in fellowship sweet we
will sit at His feet,
Or we’ll walk by His side in the
What He says we will do, where
He sends we will go;
Never fear, only trust and obey.