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Wearing Our Courage

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January 29, 2021 7:00 pm

Wearing Our Courage

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January 29, 2021 7:00 pm

Andrew lives in a country that is closed to the gospel. When I asked him how he keeps his faith a secret, he said he doesn’t. He boldly wears a button that advertises his church, and whenever he’s arrested he tells the police that “they need Jesus too.” Andrew has courage because he knows who’s on his side.

Elijah refused to be intimidated, even when the king of Israel sent fifty soldiers to arrest him (2 Kings 1:9). The prophet knew God was with him, and he called down fire that consumed the platoon. The king sent fifty more, and Elijah did it again (v. 12). The king sent fifty more, but the third platoon had heard about the others. The captain begged Elijah to spare his soldiers’ lives. They were more afraid of him than he’d ever been of them, so the angel of the Lord told Elijah it was safe to go with them (vv. 13–15).

Jesus doesn’t want us to call down fire on our enemies. When the disciples asked if they could go full Elijah (call down fire) on a Samaritan village, Jesus rebuked them (Luke 9:51–55). We’re living in a different time. But Jesus does want us to have the boldness of Elijah—to be ready to tell everyone about the Savior who died for them. It may seem like one person taking on fifty, but it’s actually One on fifty. Jesus provides what we need to courageously love and reach out to others.

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Welcome to today's encouragement from Our Daily Bread. Today's reading titled wearing our courage was written by Mike Witmer. Andrew lives in a country that's close to the gospel. When I asked about he keeps his faith.

The secret he said he doesn't.

He wears a button that advertises his church. And whenever he's arrested, he tells the police that they need Jesus to Andrew has courage because he knows who's on his side. Elijah refused to be intimidated, even when the king of Israel sent 50 soldiers to arrest them in second Kings one. The prophet knew God was with him and he call down fire that consumes a platoon. The king sent more soldiers and Elijah did it again. The king sent more, but the third platoon and heard about the others. The captain begged Elijah to spare his soldiers lives. They were more afraid of him than he'd ever been of them, so the angel of the Lord told Elijah it was safe to go with them. Jesus doesn't want us to call down fire on our enemies when the disciples asked if they could call down fire on a Samaritan village in Luke chapter 9 Jesus rebuked them.

We're living in a different time. But Jesus does want us to have Elijah's boldness to be ready to tell everyone about the Savior who died for them.

It may seem like one person taking on 50, but it's actually one Jesus on 50 Jesus provides what we need to courageously love and reach out to others. Today's Our Daily Bread devotional Scripture reading is from second Kings chapter 1 verses nine through 15. Then he sent to Elijah a Capt. with his company of 50 men. The captain went up to Elijah who was sitting on the top of the hill and said to him man of God. The king says come down. Elijah answered the captain, if I am a man of God may fire come down from heaven and consume you and your 50 men, then fire fell from heaven and consume the captain and his men at this the king said to Elijah another captain with his 50 men. The captain said to him man of God. This is what the king says come down at once. If I am a man of God. Elijah replied, may fire come down from heaven and consume you and your 50 men than the fire of God fell from heaven and consumed him and his 50 men, so the king sent 1/3 captain with his 50 men. This third captain went up and fell on his knees before Elijah man of God. He begged please have respect for my life and the lives of these 50 men your servants see fire has fallen from heaven, and consume the first two captains in all their men. But now have respect for my life. The angel of the Lord said to Elijah go down with him. Do not be afraid of them. So Elijah got up and went down with him to the king. Let's pray dear God, thank you for giving us the Holy Spirit to dwell in us, fill us with courage and help us to overcome our fears as we tell others about Jesus. May our love for you will be evident in genuine and may your love flow through us as we speak about hero. Thank you, Lord. It's in Jesus name we pray. Amen on today's encouragement was provided by Our Daily Bread ministries


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