Be Strong and Courageous


Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.  Joshua 1:9  

Be strong and take heart, all you who hope in the Lord.  Psalm 31:24

God tells us throughout the Bible to be courageous and to take heart.  What does this mean?  Courage comes from the Latin word “cor” which means heart.  When we accept Jesus into our heart, we give God access to our heart.  Through Him we will overcome past mistakes, current fears and future anxieties.  When we follow Him, He will strengthen us to fulfill His desire for our life.  When we allow Him to work in and through us, our character will change.   Don’t look back at your past, be brave, change and be courageous.

Turn my heart toward your statutes and not toward selfish gain.  Turn my eyes away from worthless things; preserve my life according to your word.               Psalm 119:36-37

The author of this Psalm did not have all of the current distractions of today’s world (i.e., tv, computers, cell phones, facebook, instagram, pinterest, books…)  Yet, there is incredible teaching within these two verses.  It takes courage to turn from our distractions and seek God instead.  Our distractions can be time-consuming, selfish and worthless.  It takes our focus off of God’s desire for our life.  Therefore, be strong and courageous.  God is with us wherever we go.  Let’s put down our cell phones, shut down our computers and open our Bibles to seek Him first and to be filled with direction, hope and encouragement.


Published by Tiffany C. Schwander

Tiffany has a Masters in Counseling Psychology from Pacific University and has been helping families for over 20 years. She and her husband, Mark, are raising their teenage twin sons to be strong in their faith and knowledgeable in the Word to strongly face life’s joys and trials. Tiffany has been Linda Colby’s associate teacher for the past three years in a national women’s ministry leading and guiding women and teens. Tiffany enjoys encouraging, teaching and counseling women and children into a closer relationship with Jesus as they study His Word.

2 thoughts on “Be Strong and Courageous

  1. The modern day battle of technology is a huge stronghold. My phone is always with me and I miss it when it is unavailable. When I forget it at home, I go back for it and check it frequently throughout the day for a variety of reasons, sone of which are simply whims and definitely could be considered “selfish gain”. I have several Bible apps on my phone but honestly don’t reference them as frequently as I do three or four other apps. I have heard it said that the enemy of the best is the good. I can attest to that struggle, it is real.

    Lord help me to use my phone as a tool but help me depend completely on You, seek your face and desire Your wisdom. Amen

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  2. Bless your heart for sharing! It is so true that tools that can be used for good can also distract! I think of so many times I’ve picked up my phone to read my Bible app or a devotion and get sucked into my email instead. The beautiful thing is our Lord’s grace, mercy and forgiveness. He knows all about us and we are part of Him. He loves us so very much. He’s graciously waiting for us to be with Him so that He can help us write our life story with Him. Thank you, precious Lord!


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