Always Full of Courage

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I’m not feeling too courageous these days.  I’m feeling weak and vulnerable.  But I suppose that’s not news to those who have been reading for a while.  I was reading in 2 Corinthians and came across this passage concerning courage:

For we know that if our earthly house, the tent we live in, is dismantled, we have a building from God, a house not built by human hands, that is eternal in the heavens.  For in this earthly house we groan, because we desire to put on our heavenly dwelling, if indeed, after we have put on our heavenly house, we will not be found naked.  For we groan while we are in this tent, since we are weighed down, because we do not want to be unclothed, but clothed, so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life.

Now the one who prepared us for this very purpose (to be clothed in heaven…life after death) is God, who gave us the Spirit as a down payment.

Therefore we are always full of courage, and we know that as long as we are alive here on earth we are absent from the Lord – for we live by faith, not by sight. Thus we are full of courage and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord. (This is why we groan, we long to put on our heavenly clothing.) 

So then whether we are alive or away, we make it our ambition to please Him. For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may be paid back according to what he has done while in the body, whether good or evil. ~2 Corinthians 5:1-10

Somehow this reminded me of the fear Adam and Eve felt after they had eaten of the forbidden fruit:

As a result of eating the fruit in the garden…the eyes of both of them opened, and they knew they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves.

Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the LORD God moving about in the orchard at the breezy time of the day, and they hid from the LORD God among the trees of the orchard.  ~Genesis 3:7-8

Sinning…feeling exposed…covering up…hiding.  Sound familiar? 

If you’ve ever sinned, and we ALL have, you know what it is to search for a safe place, a place to hide, a place that will not expose your choices, a place you hope will not leave you feeling so vulnerable. 

The man and the woman knew they were naked.   Did they know they had lost their immortality?  Did they know they were going to die?  We don’t know for sure what their fear was, we only know they were afraid. 

Before they were naked and not ashamed.  Now they tried to cover themselves and hide from their Creator who had created them for Him. 

I think their heavenly clothing was gone.  The life-giving Spirit within, possibly, had left them.  They were, now, spiritually dead.  Death reigned in their mortal bodies. 

This is true of us all, you know.  Death is still the only way out of this world.  We’ll all experience it at the end of our time here on earth.  But the truth of Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection is that now…on this side of the cross…death has no power for those who are in Christ.  The sting of death is gone.  We can know we will be with Jesus once our life in this tent is over.

This was the very reason for Jesus’ coming…to cancel the death sentence for us all.  And, as a result, to send the Helper, God’s Holy Spirit, to walk this earthly path with us.  We will all stand before the judgment seat of Christ, but we will not all be condemned.  We can please God in this life.  We please Him when we live by faith in His Son.  We can also live a life He is pleased to observe.  And then, we’ll hopefully hear, “Well done, good and faithful servant.”

When I’m feeling vulnerable, due to my sin or this sinful world we live in, I groan.  And yet, I’m told I’m to be full of courage.  I have been given the Spirit of God as a pledge of the inheritance I will receive…life eternal in the presence of God!

This stuff is only temporary…HE is eternal!

I will be encouraged today.

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7 responses »

  1. Thanks for the encouragement… it is always such a blessing to think about our future with Jesus!

  2. Sis – i So WISH i could sit down with you in your garden and have a long long heart to heart.

    I’m thankful for the encouragement you find in the verses you selected, many of which have been in my mind of late also 🙂

    i have nothing like the trials you have to endure – mine ‘pale’ in comparison and i have to be thankful for that and that the stresses life places upon me are not as burdensome as are the ones placed on your shoulders/body.

    All of us will face His Righteous Judgement and ALL will be measured with the same measure, according to all we have done in the body (and have also achieved of the Spirit gifted to us while we are yet in the flesh!!)

    Since you brought up Adam and Eve and ‘sin’ why- if God forgives us ours sins on Earth when we break His Commandments – did He not Forgive Eve and Adam for their breaking the one commandment, not to eat of the tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, why did he evict them from Eden before they could eat of the tree of Life and live forever, as Gods? Surely we all deserve a second chance – especially when the ‘rules’ and reasons for them are not fully made clear to us – or the consequences of breaking one?

    i pray that you not be full of courage because you are TOLD to be… i pray you are FULL of Courage because your Spirit is so CLOSE to your heart, your true inner self that directs ALL your actions on earth, that you have no choice BUT to live from IT – from within that Spirit that is of God and is Perfect than you do from your own fleshy being that will soon return as to dust in the wind.

    i pray we all realise the possibility and learn how to achieve it, or at least do WORKS towards achieving it, before ‘that’ Day arrives for each one of us

    let us live on the earth but not be of it – let it not be such a cause of sorrow to us (Gen 3:17 and a few others) that it paralyses us from overcoming it’s hold upon our thought. heart, acts, feelings, desire.

    And once we see the Truth let us continue to share it with those who seek it.

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  3. Thank you, Mary. It is the encouragement I need on a daily basis. 😉

    I would love to spend many afternoons in my garden discussing ALL of life with you, my Brother Love! It would be a treat!

    Now, as to the question of Adam and Eve…I’m posting a page of references for you to look into:

    http://net.bible.org/search.php?search=tree%20of%20life&mode=&scope=

    My thinking, and it’s just a supposition, to have eaten of the Tree of Life in a fallen state would not have produced restoration. The Tree of Life is for healing for those who have conquered…for those who have made it through to the end…to heaven. Now, it’s just supposition, so I’m not standing on it to death…that’s why I’ve posted the link with all the references for you to search out the meaning. Chicken’s way out, I know. (cluck, cluck cluck!!) 😆

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