Devotional | Courage

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“When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus.” (Acts 4:13 NIV)

I love the way Holy Spirit is never far from speaking to my heart through simple yet meaningful scripture. While I was briefly reading through the book of Acts, I noticed Acts 4:13 had been highlighted with bright pink highlighter. As I glanced at the verse, my heart was struck and I felt Holy Spirit directing me to re-read the verse. As I did, I found myself wondering, what does courage look like? Am I someone who is living a life of courage? However, what stood out to me was, “they took note these men had been with Jesus.”

It became clear to me that courage cannot be attained through our strength, but it fills our hearts through fellowship with Jesus. True courage is produced as we focus our gaze steadily on Jesus who is fully alive today, and dependence on Hm leads us to witness the beauty of what we have dwelling within us.

Are there circumstances in your life that are weighing you down? Is there a situation you feel Holy Spirit calling you to face? Yet, is there doubt within you that is pulling you to stay comfortable with where you already are? Are you struggling to find the courage to even open yourself up to the Father? I can say, I have answered yes to the following questions within my own life as well. True confidence and courage begins with vulnerability with Him, because it is through weakness we discover that our own ideas cannot satisfy our hearts’ true desires. The spirit within us is what produces strength and courage within our hearts to love others and Jesus deeply.

Jesus is more than willing to fill your heart with every spiritual gift and blessing because this is our inheritance. The book of Acts states that the people who saw Peter and John were astonished, and they took note. Personally, I believe if we desire to boldly reach out to the world, we need to be willing to first BE with Jesus.

Why not take time to be with Jesus today? As we open ourselves up to Him He will willingly deposit within our hearts the courage we need and desire.