He hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.
– Hebrews 13:5-6
Without courage, you’ll never be able to stand on the Word of God for anything. You won’t be able to receive what God has promised you, because fear will come and steal the faith right out of your heart.
You see, your point of fear is your point of failure. Wherever fear begins, faith ends. It takes courage to break that fear threshold, to push it back further and further until “I will not fear” is a reality in your life.
I can’t count how many times I have had to break through that threshold. One of the most memorable was the time God instructed us to put our broadcast on television. I really struggled with it when God first put it on my heart. I wanted it, but I knew how expensive it was, and I couldn’t even figure out where to start—much less how.
So Gloria and I began to meditate on what God said about it. We prayed over it. We talked about it in faith. We meditated on God’s Word and on His ability instead of our inability.
This went on for a long time. Then one morning, as we were driving back to Texas from Arkansas, we stopped for breakfast. When we stepped out of the car, I didn’t have any more insight into how we could be on television than I had the month or the year before.
But in an instant, as we ate our breakfast and discussed the television ministry, the faith I needed dropped into my heart. I looked at Gloria and realized by the look on her face that the same thing had happened to her.
“Gloria,” I said, “tomorrow is Monday. Let’s go home and make arrangements to put our broadcast on television.”
Suddenly, it looked easy. We didn’t have the money, but we had the faith, and if you have the faith, the money will come. We didn’t call the bank. The bank would have laughed at us. But God wasn’t laughing.
Now, someone might say, “Boy, it must take a lot of courage to go on television when you don’t have the money in the bank to pay all the expenses.”
Yes, it does. But that courage came as I meditated on the Word of God. As I meditated on the Word, my capacity for faith grew bigger, until one day I thought, There’s not any reason not to do this! I can do all things through the Anointed One and His Anointing that strengthens me! I broke through that threshold of fear. I broke through to faith. It takes courage to do that...courage that comes from meditating on the Word of God.
Scripture Reading: Psalm 27
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