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Don't Lose Heart

What does it mean when we say, “Don’t lose heart?” To lose heart is to give up, or lose our courage. But, the Bible tells us to BE OF or HAVE courage. Psalms 31:24 (NKJV) “Be of good courage and He shall strengthen your heart.”

Courage is defined as a mental or moral strength to persevere and withstand fear, difficulty, or danger. The English word for courage comes from the French word which means 'heart'. So, when we say, "Don't lose heart," we could also be saying, “Be of (have) good courage.”

It takes courage to persevere as Christians because we are in a constant state of change. There will always be something in our lives that God wants to change so we aren’t hindered from rising to the next level in Him. 2 Cor. 3:18 (NKJV) “But we all… are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.”

It takes courage, mental or moral strength, to persevere through or withstand fear. For example, some may hold on to an unhealthy relationship because they fear that there isn’t a better relationship out there. Others have sacred areas or imperfections in their lives they don’t want God to bring to their attention for fear of shame. But, God is not in the business of ‘shaming His children into change!’ God reveals truths about ourselves so we can acknowledge those weaknesses and surrender them to Him.

Yes, there are times when we fear facing the truth. But, DON’T LOSE HEART. With the help of the Holy Spirit we can be free from our bondages. Truth about ourselves will help us to challenge ourselves, and, with God’s help, to be better than we were yesterday. John 8:32 (NKJV) “You shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”

It takes courage to persevere and change when it feels difficult. Sometimes, staying as you are feels more comfortable. When you are willing to leave your security zone, step out in faith, and follow God, you will be tested by your surroundings, other people, and your own self-doubts. The following quote by self- help book author and life coach, Tony Robbins, says it all: “Your desire to change must be greater than your desire to remain the same.”

In every area of difficulty, DON’T LOSE HEART. God will take you beyond your wildest dreams in Him. Phil 4:13 (KJV) “I can do all things through Christ which strengthened me.”

It takes courage to stand for your convictions when you know they will be challenged. Any time you are willing to stand for something, someone will take a shot at you, trying to convince you of all the reasons it won’t work! Your adversaries won’t kill you physically, but they will try to kill your influence, your determination, and your vision. In times of controversy, DON’T LOSE HEART. Romans 8:31 (KJV) “What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?”

To persevere means to map out a course of action and follow it to the end, similar to the same courage a soldier needs. One time I asked a relative who is in the military, “What if you got put on the front lines since you are in the medical division?” The response was: “When I enlisted, I knew I’d be expected to perform my duties without hesitation. If I have to go into war zones, that is my job, to save lives wherever they put me.”

In the Old Testament, Nehemiah exemplified courageous perseverance in the midst of danger. King Cyrus had released the prophet to go back to his home, Jerusalem, to rebuild the walls, but his enemies wanted to kill him. When Nehemiah's enemies threatened him, he said, "Should a man like me run away?... I will not." (Nehemiah 6:11 NIV). As a result, he rebuilt the walls of Jerusalem, and his adversaries failed because God was with Nehemiah. He DID NOT LOSE HEART.

Jeremiah 29:11-14 (The Message Bible) “I know what I'm doing. I have it all planned out — plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for. When you call on me, when you come and pray to me, I'll listen. When you come looking for me, you'll find me. Yes, when you get serious about finding me and want it more than anything else, I’ll make sure you won't be disappointed.”

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