How to Receive Courage (to Step into Your Destiny)

   

As you stand on the threshold of all God has for you, at the verge of saying an irrevocable ‘yes’ to Him, you know it is going to take courage to step up.

Perhaps there is a situation coming to mind right now. One in which your heart’s cry has been, ‘Father, let Your kingdom come, and Your will be done! May it be on earth as it is in heaven!’ (Matt 6:10)

Your Father wants you to know today, that accessing the realm of His Kingdom is simpler than you have thought, dreamed or imagined.


The Source of Your Courage

A small boy stands in the shadow of a priest, surrounded by a powerful military guard.

It is young King Joash. He is seven years old.

Joash has been sheltered in the temple for most of his young life. He has neither experience, nor physical strength, nor the knowledge and wisdom needed for the task ahead.

And yet the time has come for Joash to emerge and step up to the throne. [1]

What must it have felt like, for a young boy to face the crowds, the noise, the opposition and the enormous task ahead?

What gave Joash the courage?

It was the presence of his spiritual father, the Priest Jehoiada.

  • The one who stood with him had the wisdom, the leadership, and knew the mind of God
  • The one who stood with him was the keeper of the timing of God

You do not stand alone. Jesus is with you. He says, ‘…surely I am with you always’ (Matt 28:20)

Today, know that you can lean upon Jesus. It’s not about your strength, or your natural wisdom, capacity or ability.

His anointing rests upon you. Armies of heaven surround you.


Out of Your Comfort Zone

Hear your Father say, ‘Come out from the shadows! It is time to enter your destiny!’

God wants to give you a clear vision of what He is doing in and through you; one that is attainable through faith (Heb 11:1).

Having a clear picture of what God’s Kingdom emerging in our situation looks like, presents us with a challenge.

  • Because our obedience is needed to bring that answer into reality. And obedience requires actions that pull us out of our comfort zone.

And there are times when it is easier to hold our Father’s purpose in the realm of mystery, than to see it and say ‘Yes!’

If that’s how you feel right now, be encouraged by the story of Joash: All the courage you need is to be found by standing in the shelter of Jesus’ Presence.


The Courage of a Child

There are some things God calls you to do, that will take—not the courage of a seasoned warrior—but the courage of a child.

It is as Jesus said. God’s Kingdom is received, entered and belonged to, by those who have the attitude of a child (Matt 18:3; 19:14).

To obey is to say ‘yes!’ to your Father’s invitation to join Him in the ‘now’ thing He is doing.

Like Joash with Jehoiada, you are simply going where Jesus is going, saying what He is saying and doing what He is doing.

  • Under the reign of King Joash, and with the instruction of the priest Jehoiada, the usurper Athaliah was overcome, Judah experienced revival, and the temple was repaired. [1]

And stirred by his example, we pray, ‘Father, let Your kingdom come, and Your will be done! May it be on earth as it is in heaven!’ (Matt 6:10)


Notes:
[1] Read the story in 2 Kings 11-12


Origin of the word excruciating – first used to explain the pain Jesus suffered on the cross. Proof Jesus died for our sins!The word excruciating comes from Latin excruciare, from cruciare, to crucify. It means unbearably painful, or extreme agony. The word excruciating originates from crucifixion i.e. “a pain like the pain of crucifixion”. Crucifixion is the most painful torture ever invented. It was invented by the Persians in 300 BC, and perfected by the Romans in 100 BC. Jesus was crucified and after his crucifixion this word ”excruciating” mainly came into existence.

Physiological reflexes demanded deeper breaths. The body would become starved of oxygen with greater amount of carbon dioxide in the blood. It would result in tachycardia. Fluctuations in blood pressure and dehydration would lead to heart and lung failure.
Thus crucifixion was the most painful death that could ever be given to anyone. The process of inflicting such extreme pain became synonymous with crucifixion and adverse pain due to it started to be known as excruciating.