11/7/07

Guts, Not 'Goo'

In every challenge, whether faced with temptation or struggling with a burdensome circumstance, we have a choice: we can face our challenge with guts, or we can dissolve into mushy goo. "Guts" is another word for courage.

Courage might be as simple as turning off the television when programs are evil, choosing a modest blouse instead of a fashionable low-cut one, or staying in a difficult marriage. Anne Ortlund, in Because I Said Forever, said of that last choice: "The world says quit, but ask God for staying power. [Ask] for determination, patience, 'gutsy' courage to survive and survive well."

It takes guts to stand firm and make tough choices. It takes guts to turn our backs on the evils of our culture. It takes guts to face down our own fears and insecurities and act on biblical truth. While most of us do not have to face what Paul endured under great persecution (yet), each one of us deals with cultural challenges to our integrity, character, and purity. Our challenge is to embrace Joshua 1:8-9. We must obey God's Word and "be strong and of good courage," confident of His God's work in our lives.

The Apostle Paul had guts. Read 2 Corinthians 11:23-23 to see the record of this strong "fool" for Christ. Paul endured prison, beatings, stoning, shipwreck, robbers, pain, and severe lack. His courage and strength rested in two great truths: God's amazing grace, and his own desire to glory in infirmities and weaknesses so he could experience more of Christ's power (12:9-10).

To overcome the spirit of fear and act in courage, choose to move forward in God's power, rest secure in His love, and think clearly with a disciplined, biblical world view (2 Timothy 1:7).

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