Living out our faith can be hard, especially in a time and culture where talking about one’s faith is taboo, something that doesn’t happen that often. While reading the Book of Joshua, Tessa was struck by the command to be “strong and courageous,” and on the blog she encourages you to do just that- to live out your faith in a strong and courageous way!


Is Your Faith “Strong + Courageous?”

Tessa De Vilbiss

Recently, I started reading the book of Joshua (click to watch a 9min animated movie about Joshua)

After Moses died, the Lord speaks to Joshua. In just the span of a couple of verses He says, “Be strong and courageous,” or a very similar phrase about 3-4 times. Just a heads up, when something is mentioned more than once, let alone 3-4 times, it is something very important. 

So…these two words have stood out to me.

Strong and courageous. 

Are those words I would use to describe myself and my faith? 

If I’m being honest, probably not.

The Lord loves humble and meek spirits. We’re called to listen and think and pray before acting, but this doesn’t mean we should shut up and be passive.

Does anyone else sometimes feel like society wants us to just stay silent? 

Now we can disagree on specific theology, but what we all can agree on is the Lord wants us to be convicted of what we believe. We’re to be strong and courageous in sharing our faith.

Why?

Because the Gospel is such a strong and courageous message. It’s life changing. It says that we’re daughters of the Creator of the universe, made in His image, saved by the blood of His Son, destined to be coheirs of the Kingdom of God forever with Him. Forever… eternity. 

Sometimes I don’t speak the truth and weight of the Bible well. Maybe it is fear of rejection, or seeming strange, or just doubt in knowing what to say, so if you feel that way- you are not alone. 

I’m a big supporter of speaking the truth in love (Ephesians 4:15) and not being angry Christians, but we’re also not supposed to be afraid.

The Christian life is one of balance. Balance of being humble yet bold, meek yet courageous, serving yet strong. I am not saying this balance is easy, but I am saying it is one the Lord is calling us into. 

“Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.Joshua 1:9 

Ladies, be encouraged. Try to find ways this week to show off your strength and courage. To be bold in your faith and step out in what the Lord maybe calling you into!