These gifts of God are precious, and we must be thankful at all times, proclaiming, look what the Lord has done. God has given us the courage to be born in a world unknown to us as infants. He had raised us with our parents’ hands to comfort, guide, teach, lead us and discipline us when we needed to be. Amen.

God gave us the courage to get up after each fall and try again. He gave us the courage to face every new challenge. He gave us the courage, when we had to leave home for the first time, without our parents, and enter a classroom filled with kids we had to get to know and grow. Courage has been our friend and a confidant, and He made us bold to navigate the paths of life we have travelled on.

Sometimes, we had too much courage or focus the energy of our courage in the wrong direction, and got distasteful results. But thank God for courage and mercies; when we are discouraged, dismayed, and disappointed.

The Lord told Joshua to be strong and courageous so that He might observe to do according to all the law, which Moses the Servant of God had commanded him, and he was not to turn to the right or the left so that he might prosper wherever he went. Remind us how necessary and right orderly are the directions of God).

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous! Do not be terrified or dismayed (intimidated), for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” — JOSHUA 1:9 (AMP)

We had to be courageous, to face the challenges and changes in this life, just like many of our ancestors, forefathers, and foremothers had to do.  Can you imagine, where we would be if we had no courage?

The lion, I think, in the fairytale Dorthy and the Wizard of Oz sought courage. The Lion, however, is the most courageous beast in the jungle, everything trembles at the sound of its roar. There is another Lion in whose footsteps we must learn to take courage and walk-in. That Lion is the Lion of the Tribe of Judah. He had the courage you and I are living to experience because of what He did on Calvary.

“The thief comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance [to the full, till it overflows].” — JOHN 10:10 (AMP)

Jesus faced death and defeated it for us, that we might have life, and have it more abundantly. (John 10:10)


He took the sting out of death, Cor 15:55-57

“O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?” The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin [by which it brings death] is the law; but thanks be to God, who gives us the victory [as conquerors] through our Lord Jesus Christ.” — 1 CORINTHIANS 15:55-57 (AMP)

The pangs of death, but now that Christ has come, and for those that have received him, there is no fear of death.  Hebrews 2:14-15 confirms this truth to us; about this, saying, in as much than as the children (us) have partaken of flesh and blood, He Himself likewise shared in the same, that through death He might destroy him who had the power of death (Satan) [wanted to murder all of mankind.], that is the devil, and release those(us) who through fear of death were all their(us) lifetime subject to bondage. For one is in bondage to the devil when he is if the world and has not been born of God from above. But once you receive Jesus, the work that He has done on our behalf set you free from all the things Satan had planned for you, Amen!

God sent His Son into this sin-filled hateful world to save us. Remember the god of this world (little g) has been placed under your feet, through what your Lord and Savior have done. You already have the victory through Christ!

Death for the believer is a portal to pass through to be present with God when that time comes, according to the Lord on timing amen. This is a place of sleep, for believers do not die, they have life eternal, the same spirit that was in Jesus is also in us and shall quicken our mortal bodies, and we shall be like Him when we see Him, Amen.

A glorified body in a brand new house, Amen!  This thing called death to the believer is only a transition, to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord. Death lost its grip on all those that placed their trust in Christ Jesus.

We would otherwise not know life except through Him to indeed live to know Christ. He came that we might have life and have it more abundantly. Christ died was buried, and rose again so that we might live.

Death holds no power over Him for He dared to conquer, death, hell and the grave. Neither could keep Him, and He broke the sway and the ability for us so we could follow Him all the days of our lives.

Have you the courage in this sinful, dark and sometimes mean and evil world, to stand in the shoes, with your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace?

Jesus is the way, the truth and the life. He has given us His peace, A peace that surpasses all understanding. Will you have the courage to believe and walk in that Peace.?

God has been teaching and training us to have courage in every battle we have had to face in life. He had also strengthened our confidence at each victory and fortified our will to continue to fight when we had a setback, a knockdown, a trip, a stumble or a fall.

Courage instilled by the master made us get back up again and get back in the fight. When you are a winner you cant quit nor can you stay down. You know your battle is already won, Your Lord and Savior fought it for you, and He has the final say.

“Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors and gain an overwhelming victory through Him who loved us [so much that He died for us].” — ROMANS 8:37  (AMP)


He called you fearfully and wonderfully made. He made you in His likeness and His image. Three-part being Spirit, Soul and Body. God the Father, God the Son God the Holy Ghost Three in One. Wrap you up in the flesh and made you a mighty warrior to win the battles of life.

He equipped us to win and called us more than conquerors (Romans 8:37). God has made us like His Son, and to triumph and be victorious in life.

We have had some rugged hills and mountains to climb, some windy and tempestuous storms to endure, some valleys and low places to walk through, even the valley of the shadow of death, but God has been with us and has been our Shepherd in it all.

Through dry and weary places, where sometimes it seemed we would get no rest, sleepless nights, tossing and turning, heartache and pain,  through the storm and the rain, through the fire, flood, and through all the pain.

God has still been the anchor that held us steadfast, and He continues to do so today. He is faithful. He took us through all to ensure we would have the courage to face tomorrow, no matter what it brings, We know He holds the future. Therefore we dare to fight still on, Amen.

“Therefore, since [these His] children share in flesh and blood [the physical nature of mankind], He Himself in a similar manner also shared in the same [physical nature, but without sin], so that through [experiencing] death He might make powerless (ineffective, impotent) him who had the power of death—that is, the devil— and [that He] might free all those who through [the haunting] fear of death were held in slavery throughout their lives.” — HEBREWS 2:14-15 (AMP)

Until next time, remain or become courageous…

Tom Danner

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