Bravery, the mental or moral strength to face danger or difficulty is not necessarily the lack of fear, but rather that the inner compulsion to achieve is greater. It is a confidence “the Lord is with us” and will never leave us (Num 14:9; Heb 13:5). While it is not wrong to be afraid; it is wrong to let fear determine our decisions. We may be the only one who knows we are afraid! Where does my confidence rest – is in the problem or in the Lord all powerful?

Stand up for what you believe, regardless of the personal cost. Joshua, the new leader of the Israelites was about to lead them into the enemy occupied Promised Land when the Lord said to him “Be strong [brave] and courageous. Do not be terrified, do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go” (Josh 1:6,7,9). The shepherd boy David said to Goliath the giant, you come against me

My knees may knock but Jesus holds my hand

in the flesh, “but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty…” (1 Sam 17:45). David was confident in his standing with God and was aware of the spiritual dimension. He was aware of this principle, “With him is only the arm of the flesh, but with us is the Lord our God to help us and fight our battles” (2 Chr 32:8).

See also: boldness, confidence, courage, fear.