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Moral Courage - by Michael Phillips
Proverbs - Part 18 of 26
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Proverbs 28:1
Jun 01, 1988 am - I.CHRISTIANITY MEANS COURAGE. A.An habitually frightened Christian, therefore, is a contradiction in terms. For "God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind". 1.Thus the Scripture often equates terror with damning unbelief. Poor sinners, unacquainted with "the spirit of adoption" suffer its opposite, "a spirit of bondage unto fear". They are "all their lifetimes subject to a fear of death". And to such people, death has an awful sting, the grave a fearful victory, for they but anticipate the second death, which is reserved, not just for "fornicators, murderers, sorcerers, idolators, and liars", but for "the cowardly" as well. 2.It is not surprising, therefore, to find God's people everywhere: a.Forbidden to fear, irrespective of circumstances. Isaiah 43:1, Luke 12:32, and Philippians 4:6a. b.And urged to bravery, no matter how frightening the opposition. Though Joshua would march against many nations more powerful than his own, he must yet "Be strong and of good courage, be not afraid, nor be dismayed". 3.God not only commands such courage, but also works it within His people, often in the most startling fashion. a.Israel's most valiant ... More >>>

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