COURAGE: Being brave enough to take the next step, even when you’re afraid.
MAIN POINT: You can take the next step even when you don’t know what will happen next.
BIBLE STORY: Birth of Moses/Mom and Miriam with the Basket | Exodus 2:1-10
MEMORY VERSE: “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9b
One of the most difficult things we’ll ever learn to overcome is fear. In fact, it’s unrealistic to expect anyone to become completely fearless. That’s why during Fear, Inc. we’ll learn to not become paralyzed by our fears, but rather understand what to do in the face of them and take the next step. We’ll discover what God says about courage and how to push through and choose to do what’s right, even when we feel afraid.
In Exodus 2:1-10 we discover that Moses was born during a time when Pharaoh feared that God’s people would overthrow his reign. He enslaved them and commanded that all of the Hebrew baby boys be killed. Moses’ mother and sister wouldn’t obey Pharaoh’s decree. They had courage to keep Moses alive. God rescued him with help from Pharaoh’s own daughter who ended up bringing him to live in the palace and raising him as an Egyptian.
You can take the next step even when you don’t know what will happen next. Most of the time our fear comes from assuming something about the future that may or may not happen. Courage doesn’t mean our fear is gone. Rather, courage is choosing to act and take the next step even though we are afraid. We’ll never know what will happen next, but we can trust God to give us the strength we need to move forward.