“Courage falters when we shift from Jesus to something or someone else. We start to wonder if Jesus really is better. . . . Don’t throw away your confidence. It’s your confidence in Christ that will give you the courage to endure and not give up. So grab hold of that with both hands and don’t let go.”- Kyle Idleman
“So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded. You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised.”- Hebrews 10:35-36 (NIV)
In Chapter 10 (“Keep Your Confidence”) of Don’t Give Up, Kyle Idleman talks about the correlation between courage and confidence. Specifically, strength and courage directly relate to whether or not your confidence is legit.
As a result, the challenge to not give up and to take courage echoes through page after page in the Bible. So, if you think about situations in your own life, you’ll find your courage rooted in something real. It’s never rooted in emotion, hopes, or any type of smoke and mirrors.
Thus, the writer of Hebrews points out, we need a sturdy source of confidence. Kyle observes:
“The writer of Hebrews doesn’t suggest any sketchy courage or confidence. The whole book is based on the supremacy of Christ — how, in comparison after comparison, he is better than anything people have clutched or depended upon. He is a solid foundation.”
In conclusion, Kyle notes, you fix your eyes on your source of strength when you face a frightening situation. However, looking inside yourself won’t get it done. When the battle wears you down, don’t throw away your confidence in Christ. Because Christ remains present and sufficient. His blessings never fade.
Today’s question: What Bible verses lift your up when your courage falters? Please share.
Tomorrow’s blog: “Consider Jesus – or your circumstances”