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Devotional - week of July 2, 2017


PEOPLE OF COURAGE

… He said to them, “Why are you fearful, O you of little faith?” Then He arose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm.  Matthew 8:26

Matthew 8:23-27 tells us the story about Jesus and his disciples in a vicious storm on the Sea of Galilee. Jesus was asleep. The disciples, some of which were professional fishermen, were terrified.

The disciples woke Jesus and He said to the disciples, “Why are you fearful, O you of little faith?” Then Jesus rebuked the wind and the sea and immediately there was a great calm.

In the similar circumstances today some of us likely would say, “Why are you fearful, O you of little courage?” In the minds of many of us courage is the opposite of fear. Jesus taught us that faith is the opposite of fear.

Jesus also knows that fear is one of the most prevalent negative and devastating emotions of the human heart. As a result, the only thing Jesus repeatedly tells us not to do is to be afraid—and over and over He tells us to have faith.

A study of the eleventh chapter of Hebrews, known as the faith chapter of the Bible, confirms that those who walk in faith also walk in courage. Some of the stories of faith are also stories of great courage.

We would all love to be persons of courage. But in our own strength we cannot improve our courage. We can be a person of increasing courage by increasing in our faith.

There are several ways we can grow in faith and courage. We can do so by reading the Bible, by being with people of faith, by reading about people of faith, by having experiences of faith, by living through circumstances that drive us to faith.

There is one way to grow in faith that is superior to all other ways. It is continuing to live out the new-creation life.

By continuing to live out the new-creation life, we are progressively delivered from living by law to living by grace, which is living by faith. The result is people who are growing in faith and courage.