God wants us to be brave men and women. He also is aware of how hard it is for us to actually be brave. The world is changing and evil is becoming more prominent than ever before. It doesn’t really matter what neighborhood you live in, you still have to be mindful of your surroundings when outdoors. Turning on the news can create fear inside of us as there are more “danger” and “disaster” reporting than “encouraging” and “uplifting” ones.
Be Brave — Be Authentic
We also need to be brave on an emotional and mental level. In order to experience healthy relationships we need to learn to trust and that involves us letting our guard down. It means we need to become vulnerable. We all need courage to be our authentic selves with others. Too often we allow our fears and our insecurities to hinder us from being our true selves. We walk in fear of what other people will think, or if they will reject us. What we don’t understand, is that if we are not being our true selves with others our relationships with others will be surface level and rather superficial. How many marriages (and other relationships) are weighed down because the couple have not been authentic with each other? How many relationships are you in that are superficial?
Speaking of relationships, we need to be brave in our relationship with the Lord. Too often I have witnessed people trying to hide who they really are with God. You can’t hide anything from God, that includes the authentic you.
Psalm 139:1-4 ~ “O Lord, you have examined my heart and know everything about me. You know when I sit down or stand up. You know my thoughts even when I’m far away. And You see me when I travel and when I rest at home. You know everything I do. You know what I am going to say even before I say it” NLT
Be Brave — Let Your Light Shine
Jesus said, “let your light shine before others”(Matthew 5:16a). Are you letting your light shine? Or have you been hiding your light from others? We need to be brave and allow our lights to shine in the darkness of the world. People need Jesus. Too many people are dying without knowing who He truly is. Do you share your faith? Are you living your faith (to the best of your abilities)? Are you acknowledging Jesus in one part of your life, but compromising other parts for fear you won’t “fit in”?
Whether you’re an introvert (shy) or an extrovert (outgoing), you are called to be a light to the people around you. Take a look at the relationships that you are in. Are you bringing the Lord into any of them, some of them, or all of them? Be brave – our lives should be lighting the way towards God.
Be Brave — Even When Afraid
Being brave will look a bit different for each one of us. Sometimes being brave means getting out of our comfort zones. For some of us being brave is staying right where we are – even though it’s uncomfortable. Being brave is seeking God for direction and then trusting Him to guide you. To be brave means being all in for Jesus and not straddling the fence (one foot in the world and one foot out). Are you a Sunday morning Christian? Whenever it suits you Christian? or Are you doing your best to be a Christian everyday?
Walking With Courage
This month we are going to focus on what the Word of God tells us about being brave. We are going to be encouraged, edified and possibly even be challenged. My hope is that God will use this month to grow and deepen our relationship with Him. I pray that as we go through these scriptures this month that we will start to be more brave. That we will feel safe with Jesus and that we will allow Him more space in our hearts as well as in our day to day lives. May we get to the place where we can be brave and pray Psalm 139:23-24 over ourselves on a daily basis. “Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. Point out anything in me that offends you, and lead me along the path of everlasting life.” NLT
Scripture Writing Challenge – Be Brave
I want to invite you to participate in this Scripture Writing Challenge for the month of August (you can do it during other months if you choose).
A scripture writing challenge is basically spending 10-15 minutes everyday writing out a passage of scripture and reflecting on it. This months theme is “Be Brave”.
We will be reading and writing bible verses out of the Old and New Testament this month. My prayer is that you will be encouraged and edified as you dig into God’s word. The more of God’s word that you have in your heart the more victory you will have in your life. God desires to have relationship with you, and one of the ways that we can attain a relationship with Him is by getting to know Him through digging into His word. Once we have established this relationship, it is important to maintain this relationship by spending time daily reading His word.
I have created this plan that you can follow everyday. It is a simple and effective tool that you can use to enrich and grow your relationship with God. It will also help you to learn and apply more of God’s word in your daily lives.
Every day read and write out the corresponding scripture with the day of the month. Keep the following questions in mind as you write the scripture down:
1. What is the word saying?
2. What does it mean to me personally?
3. How can I take action on it?
4. How does it enhance my view of God?
You can use any bible that you like. I prefer using the Amplified translation, NIV, or NTL. A great website that has numerous translations to choose from is Biblegateway.com. An additional resource that you may want to check out is biblehub.com. I like reading the different scriptures from the various different translations as it gives me a deeper perspective and a greater understanding.
If you are needing some further instruction on how to go about doing this challenge please read the post in the link – Scripture Writing – What is it and How to implement it
I want to encourage you to end your writing sessions with a prayer. If you would like you can pray the following:
Father God, Thank You for the gift of Your Word and the encouragement that You give me through it. I pray that You will help me to remember Your Word daily and that You will help me to apply it to my life.
I am tired of walking in fear as I know that fear does not come from You. Forgive me for my lack of trust and my wavering faith. Help me to let go of my fears (you can name them here) and give me courage to press forward. I pray that You will give me a sense of Your peace as I leave these fears behind.
Today I am choosing to be brave. Convict me when I slip into fear and help me to be courageous. Help me to be authentic in all of my relationships – especially in my relationship with You. Give me courage to let my light shine so that others can see Your goodness. I am grateful for Your Spirit that teaches me and that guides me through my life.
Lord, may Your Word reside deep within my heart. My hearts desire is to follow You and Your ways every day of my life. May Your Word give me the courage to honor You and glorify Your name. Thank You Lord for Your everlasting love and Your endless grace. Thank You Lord for the gift of courage. In Jesus’name ~~ amen
I have made it a practice after doing my scripture writing to daily write down five things that I am grateful for in the past 24 hours. This is a practice that I have been doing for over twenty-five years and it has become a life changing experience for me. I encourage you to start doing the same. We can always find things to be grateful for if we look for them. When we walk in gratitude we are walking out a victorious life.
If you are looking for additional gratitude activities click on the following link: 9 Gratitude Activities For All Ages.
Additional Scripture Writing Plans
Here are additional scripture writing plans:
Are you taking the challenge? Let me know how it is working for you. I would love to hear from you as well as pray for you.
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