True courage comes from trusting God. It can’t be faked or mentally drummed up. Courage comes from believing what God says regardless of what the circumstances look like. Courage is derived from faith!
“Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be dismayed: for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
– Joshua 1:9
Where does discouragement come from? After decades of Christian service and a lifetime of personal experiences, I can say that discouragement comes from fear and unbelief. It comes when we listen to Satan’s lies about what God is not going to do for you or me.
As children of God, we must shake off discouragement and rise up with courage! We need to stop looking at our own abilities or failures and limitations, and keep looking to God. We must rise up in faith, knowing that in Jesus and in His name, we have victory. We must trust the Word of God and the Holy Spirit Who empowers us as we commit to establishing the kingdom of Heaven upon this earth. When scripture tells us, “and the violent take it by force,” in Matthew 11:12, that is referring to God’s people of faith, who believe, standing and fighting against Satan’s kingdom to establish God’s kingdom.
We are marching toward the end of this age and it is easy to become discouraged. And if you’ve been discouraged lately, let me offer this advice. Resist it. Fight against it. Don’t believe Satan’s lies. Stop believing negative reports. Whenever someone tells you God is not going to deliver you, boldly speak up and tell them, “He has already delivered me through Jesus.” Take hold of a promise from God’s Word. Believe it in your heart and then take action in agreement. Use the force of faith to overcome any discouragement.
Once you consistently realize who you are and what you’ve been given by the power of God, you can stop Satan from defeating you with discouragement. God didn’t make a suggestion that you be strong and courageous. He made it His command!
You can do it. With God nothing is impossible.
Dale and Paula – See Additional Scripture Reading: Joshua 1:1-9
Commit to making this a week of spiritual growth. God loves you, He is faithful and answers prayer. You can trust Him.
What Others Are Saying:
“Thank you brother and sister for your ministry to the body of Christ. I have been diagnosed a year ago with breast cancer had a lumpectomy and was informed the cancer has spread further. God led me to Paula’s testimony and I have done everything that I could do changing diet Gods word , my body soul and Spirit as taught. I have now got a lump under my breast and a growth in the front of my stomach at rib cage. I value your prayers ans continue to trust God and His promises of healing. God bless you both. Love in Jesus.” Florence F.
“Hi Dale-just wanted to touch base with you to say how much I appreciated your teaching on hearing God’s voice today. It really reinforces my own experience and walk with the Lord and it was encouraging to hear the principles spelled out again. My prayer for you and Paula is that you continue to run with endurance (emphasis on the word endurance) the race God has mapped out for you in this ministry. Be encouraged! HE will do it! God bless,” Mike and Judy
“Thank you SO MUCH Captain Dale for sharing from your heart. You can tell that you KNOW the love of our Savior and Lord Jesus and that you want others to know Him also. Your book and testimony changed my life !!! and told me that God is real and intersects our lives and longs to connect with us and for us to abide in Him. I am grateful for you and your wife being so faithful to His call to die to self and live for HIM. God bless you both abundantly!!! Love to you both from Florida!” Bess
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