Ping Homily: Courage

Published: 25 March 2006 | 4 comments

Well it’s March and so that means another ping homily. This months theme is “Courage.” Shawn’s homily was really a good one and definitely brought courage across in a way that I didn’t think of. Thanks for opening my eyes to that Shawn.

Over the past few weeks I have been under (what I consider) a lot of pressure with school (as you may have noticed by my lack of posts recently). Honestly there were times when I gave up and didn’t even bother to want to do the assignment/project. Then I was reading a little book I had received as a gift about a year ago called “Touch Points, God’s answers for your daily needs.” It’s a really nice book with various topics and verses that apply to the topic as well as God’s Promise regarding the topic. So I thought I would look up the topic Courage and see what it had to say and share it with you.

The very first question that is asked (and it applied to my situation) is Where do I get the courage to go on when life seems so hard or obstacles seem too big?

This verse really hit home for me and has certainly helped to keep me going in times when I feel like throwing in the towel.

Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you. I will help you. I will uphold you with my victorious right hand. – Isaiah 41:10 NLT

also, the Lord says

I command you—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the LORD your God is with you wherever you go. – Joshua 1:9 NLT

The Lord is asking us not to be afraid for he is with us and will help us. If you feel like you are flooded with work or can’t make it through, just remember to be strong and courageous, trust in the Lord and know he WILL help you through it. Courage doesn’t have to be about feats of supernatural proportions (as Shawn mentioned) but it can be as simple as holding to what God’s Word says, not giving up and realising that our strength and ability to handle the situation comes from Him. As it says in the book “True courage comes from God, understanding that he is stronger than our mightiest foes and that he wants to use his strength to help us.”

May the Lord Bless you all, may you always be courageous and strong, remembering that God is with you and will help you through any situation you encounter. May you strive each day to be more and more like Jesus and bring glory and honour to His name.

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gravatar Robert — 27 March 2006

Great homily Yannick! God does help us, even when we don’t realize it. The problem stems from the fact that we expect to see it as plain as day in order to believe it. Something I plan to talk a bit more about when I post about this homily.

May God keep you and strengthen you Yannick!

gravatar Yannick (Author) — 28 March 2006

Thank you Robert. Yes indeed he does help us even when we don’t realise it. I look forward to reading your homily.

gravatar Scott_G — 7 April 2006

Robert,

Your message is good. I felt annointed as I read it. Sometimes I too, can become overwhelmed with school (I go to a junior college in California) and I looked up the first scripture you quoted (in Is. 41) and read the previous verse, nine, to understand the Word in context. Here’s what that verse says in my Bible (KJV):

“Thou whom I have taken from the ends of the earth, and called thee from the chief men thereof, and said unto thee, Thou art my servant; I have chosen thee, and not cast thee away.”

Our Lord is addressing His nation, Israel.
Isn’t it amazing to think that the Holy Ghost can change us, by falling on all mankind (just like in Acts 2:38 on the Jews, and in Acts Ch. 10, on the gentiles!)

He has not brought us this far to let us down now. He change us to be his people, just like he brought Israel out from Egypt and delivered them.

Thank You Jesus that we are upheld by the power of the right hand of God!

Continue in prayer and writing brother, because you’re surely edifying myself, and others with your words.

Lord Bless,

-Scott Goddard

gravatar Yannick (Author) — 13 April 2006

Thanks for sharing that Scott, may the Lord Bless you and keep you and make his face to shine up you.

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