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Courage

“He went away again the second time, and prayed, saying,
O my Father, if this cup may not pass away from me,
Except I drink it, thy will be done.”   
Matthew 26:42.

 

The subject of this blog cannot be purchased with money. The wealthy are not born with this trait.  In fact, no one poor, middle class or rich – can  possess it by birth. No one can obtain it by any means, unless there is a determination to mentally put the seeds into a human.

 

The word is courage. The commitment must originate inside the mind. It is not a virtue of the heart; but it must be a commitment to enter the soul of the man or woman who sets out to stand up in the face of chaos.

 

Courage has been exemplified by many people in the past.

 

There are some examples of men that stood up in the face of dangerous situations. Both George Patton and Douglas MacArthur were in France in World War II. The story has come down for decades that they stood together in front of the American lines in the open. Neither one would move for cover since the other would scoff at the one who chickened out. This was foolish bravery. Either one could have been shot. This was not smart.

 

When Robert E. Lee fought in the Mexican War, his commander said he was the bravest man he ever knew. He fought from Veracruz to Mexico City. During the war between the states he was a man of courage.

 

Nathan Bedford Forest was same caliber of a man. Often in battle he would dismount and fight with his own men.

Teddy Roosevelt followed the same mindset of courage when he charged up the San Juan Hill in Cuba. This was the beginning of other acts of courage.

Sargent Alvin York in World War I, captured over 120 Germans, which was a brave act in itself.

In World War II, many men received the Medal of Honor for fighting in such places as Guadalcanal. In the Pacific Theater, there were many men who performed such unique acts of courage. In all of our conflicts, people stood out for acts of bravery and courage.

 

In our most recent armed conflicts, courage was shown by brave men and women who rose above the common or ordinary.

 

We generally think a person needs to be in armed conflict before any courage can be shown. This is false. When 9/11 happened, there were first responders such as the EMS personnel who rescued people under dire circumstances. The firefighters marched into Twin Towers to preform acts that were never done before. The police showed what was done in the first moments of the Muslim attempt.

 

Courage was a conscious act made by those men in blue.

 

And most recently, there is the husband and wife in St Louis who stood up at their home against the mean-spirited mob that broke down their iron gate and came at them. This took a huge amount of courage.

 


OLD TESTAMENT Of The JUDGES

There is one book of the Old Testament, which people know one or two of the characters, but they are not familiar with the main contents of the volume. We call it the Book of Judges. Many of the men who are described in it are new to people who supposedly are knowledgeable about the Bible.

 

When Moses died at the age of 120 years old, Jehovah took his body and buried it in an unknown plot. First, this was the Lawgiver and Judge who was shown the Promised Land. Then the cloak of leadership was passed on to Joshua who led the Hebrews into the area which was to be their future home.

 

Joshua also died. The men and women over twenty years of age who left Egypt also were gone. It was now time for another generation to step forward to show these people what the Almighty expected and demanded.

There seemed to be a pattern in Israel that it would fall into sin, and then a judge would rise up to show the people the plan for living.

 

All of these men and women illustrated courage in spite of harassment and ridicule by evil men. Israel became very foolish as it is set out Judges 2:10-11. 

And also all that generation were gathered unto their fathers: and there arose another generation after them, which knew not the LORD, nor yet the works which he had done for Israel. 11And the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the LORD, and served Baalim.”

 

 

God raised up a judge who was the younger brother of Caleb. His name was Othniel.  This prophet had to raise an army to fight the King of Mesopotamia.

Then, there was a leader who would not fight an alien army unless a woman would also go. The general’s name was Barak. This man would not fight unless Deborah the Prophetess and Judge of Israel went with him. Then we are told that Barak would not fight unless Deborah went also. Judge 4:8-9, gives us the picture.

“ And Barak said unto her, If thou wilt go with me, then I will go: but if thou wilt not go with me, then I will not go. And she said, I will surely go with thee: notwithstanding the journey that thou takest shall not be for thine honour; for the Lord shall sell Sisera into the hand of a woman. And Deborah arose, and went with Barak to Kedesh.”

 

Courage only happened when Deborah went along. She must have been a powerful woman, for a man would not fight unless she was there. Later Barak and Deborah created a song. You can read it in Judges 5. Courage was a necessity. Judges 5:9-10, tells us why evil was overcoming them.

“My heart is toward the governors of Israel, that offered themselves willingly among the people. Bless ye the Lord. Speak, ye that ride on white asses, ye that sit in judgment, and walk by the way.”

 

One event is the powerful story of Gideon. His own people wanted to kill him. The testing of the fleece is a fascinating story. The family desired his death as told in Judges 6:30. 

“Then the men of the city said unto Joash, Bring out thy son, that he may die: because he hath cast down the altar of Baal, and because he hath cut down the grove that was by it.”

 

Courage is required. Gideon was preserved to act. He only needed 300 men to win a battle against the thousands. He was forced to possess courage.

 

We know very little about the following names, given to us from the Book of Judges:

  • Tola
  • Iair
  • Ibzan
  • Elon, and
  • Abdon.

 

All of these men had to be shown much bravery and courage to speak out for God.  The majority are like this today. We are pieces of clay which allows people to take any form.

 

I could go into the sordid story of Samson. Under some circumstances Samson showed great courage, as he did when he took his own life, in  Judges 16:28-30.

”And Samson called unto the Lord, and said, O Lord God, remember me, I pray thee, and strengthen me, I pray thee, only this once, O God, that I may be at once avenged of the Philistines for my two eyes. And Samson took hold of the two middle pillars upon which the house stood, and on which it was borne up, of the one with his right hand, and of the other with his left. And Samson said, Let me die with the Philistines. And he bowed himself with all his might; and the house fell upon the lords, and upon all the people that were therein. So the dead which he slew at his death were more than they which he slew in his life.”

 

There was one judge, named Jephthah, who captured our imagination. His own family ran him off from the family because his mother was a prostitute. He left and gathered around him vain or worthless men. Then when the need for a fighter arose, the weak leaders came to Jephthah for help to fight a conflict with Ammon.

Jephthah chastised the weak leaders, “You run me off but now the truth is you need a man who would lead in the fight to destroy Ammon.”  He won the brief conflict. This took courage for a castout to defend those who said we want no part of you.  He had but one child – a daughter. You can read about him in Judges 12:7.

“And Jephthah judged Israel six years. Then died Jephthah the Gileadite, and was buried in one of the cities of Gilead.”

 

There are many others we could discuss in the Old Testament. Many of them died for their belief in the laws of Jehovah.

 

BRAVERY IN THE NEW TESTAMENT

The Book of Acts tells us of the brave men, who lived under persecution. The Church of the New Testament commenced on a special day – the Pentecost. There were thousands of people who had come to the Holy City to worship the Lord.

 

It was an event which those who attended when Peter stood up and told the truth to this large boisterous people. Some had been there since the Passover. Suddenly the Apostles started speaking at 9:00 a.m. The main speaker Peter- stood and began telling people the truth. Acts 2:22-23, starts out with great force.

“Ye men of Israel, hear these words; Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved of God among you by miracles and wonders and signs, which God did by him in the midst of you, as ye yourselves also know: Him, being delivered by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God, ye have taken, and by wicked hands have crucified and slain.“

 

The speech by Peter was so powerful that men were cut to their heart Acts 2:37, sets it out.

“Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do?”

 

In the past, Peter was known to have run when trouble arose. Not that day. Courage took hold of his soul.

 

Within a few days Peter again told the Hebrew leadership who were meeting in counsel. His words were strong as set out in Acts 4:10-12.

“ Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by him doth this man stand here before you whole. This is the stone which was set at nought of you builders, which is become the head of the corner. Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.”

 

Again, courage was shown by Peter. He called them murderers.

 

 

The first martyr was Stephen that gave his life for the cause of Christ. Acts 7:5-4, was the response by the leaders. Courage again.

“And he gave him none inheritance in it, no, not so much as to set his foot on: yet he promised that he would give it to him for a possession, and to his seed after him, when as yet he had no child.”

 

When Paul was called to be the Apostle to the Gentiles he was blinded. He acted out of courage to follow God’s way. Paul started preaching at once from what Acts 9:20-21, tells of a man on a mission.

“And straightway he preached Christ in the synagogues, that he is the Son of God. But all that heard him were amazed, and said; Is not this he that destroyed them which called on this name in Jerusalem, and came hither for that intent, that he might bring them bound unto the chief priests?”

 

The Book of Acts is filled with courageous times of bravery – not only by Paul but by others also.

 

Paul had men who traveled with him who also saw bravery and courage often. This is a partial list of these people:

  • Barabbas,
  • John Mark,
  • Silas,
  • Lydia
  • Jailer at Philippi,
  • Church members,
  • Special people at Iconium,
  • Antioch, and
  • Small groups at Athens.

 

One way to show how he named people is to see how Paul called people by name. To be a Christian in that day called out courage.

 

We are not sure when Paul was called upon to give his own life.

 

When we are told bravery is a necessity – then courage is to become dominant.

 

Image of Federal Judge Esther Salas, her husband and her son.

Credit: https://www.cnn.com/2020/07/19/us/federal-judge-esther-salas-shooting-investigation/index.html

In our world today, there are men and women who will show courage, but the problem is in our leadership. The Democratic Party takes its orders from Pelosi, Schumer, AOC, and the Socialists. The early Church spoke out against any one or group that sought to destroy a belief in Christ.

 

Their purpose now is to remove Christianity from all areas of society.

 

The fact is, we all must stand up in opposition to these demons who receive their evil commands from the fallen angels of hell. If Biden is elected, the United States Constitution will become a thing from the past.  The Republic would be replaced by some central committee.

 

The Socialist nations of the past have a history that caused the loss of liberty and freedom. Biden may be running for President, but it would be in name only, because the policy or polices would be by Sanders or A.O.C. The prayer of every Christian should be that these creeps come to naught.

 

There is a well-founded belief that Biden is not mentally alert. The decisions would be by edict or command from the Socialist in charge. Christianity is not on their agenda.

 

There must be a resolution to not only destroy them at the ballot box but to reduce their support people. This will require the courage of each of us.

 

We are to follow the roadmap that Jesus gave us in the garden before He was arrested for blasphemy at first – then treason so that he could be murdered. It was then that he showed courage.

Mark 14:34-36, gives us an idea of the pressure which Jesus felt. This man was brave. He was filled with courage.

“And saith unto them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful unto death: tarry ye here, and watch. And he went forward a little, and fell on the ground, and prayed that, if it were possible, the hour might pass from him. And he said, Abba, Father, all things are possible unto thee; take away this cup from me: nevertheless not what I will, but what thou wilt.“

 

CONCLUSION 

  1. Men who showed courage.
  2. Prophets who were of courage.
  3. Acts talk of courage.
  4. Jesus Christ was committed to courage. 

 

God Bless Our Republic.

KEEP THE FAITH!

 

JESUS IS CALLING

“Jesus is calling, calling, calling night and day
And you will hear Him if you’ll just pray
He’s calling for you, so don’t turn away

Jesus is calling, calling, calling night and day.

When your soul is weary
It seems you’ve lost your way
Jesus is calling, calling night and day
When you need a friend to go with you all the way

Jesus is calling, calling, calling night and day.

Jesus is calling, calling, calling night and day
And you will hear Him if you’ll just pray
He’s calling for you, so don’t turn away

Jesus is calling, calling, calling night and day.

If you’re lost in sin
There’s no need for you to stay
Jesus is calling, calling, calling night and day
If the night is dark, you will soon see the day

Jesus is calling, calling, calling night and day.

Jesus is calling, calling, calling night and day
And you will hear Him if you’ll just pray
He’s calling for you, so don’t turn away
Jesus is calling, calling, calling night and day.”

 

 

 

Gerald K Fugit
412 N Texas Ave
Odessa, TX   79761

 

 

 

 

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