Be Brave

Two words from the Lord that feel they matter right now!

As you may remember, a few weeks back, 26 of our young people went to Satellites Youth Festival in Somerset. 

At the end of the first evening, the leaders gathered to pray for the young people and the week ahead. We longed for them to each have personal encounters with, and responses to, God – and yet we understood challenges are timidity, fear and peer pressure. It’s so easy to hold back, and miss out on what God is saying and doing.

As we prayed, one of the leaders had a specific word about our need to pray for the young people to be brave! This strongly resonated with all of us, and became the theme for the days ahead as we encouraged the young people to be courageous in pursuing God. It was thrilling to see how God met with them as they were willing to overcome the fear of comparison and peer pressure.

Since that time, these two words have really stuck with me – be brave – and I have a strong sense that these words are key for the whole Zeo family in the coming months.

The scriptures are bursting with encouragements to be strong and courageous, the most famous of which are repeated four times in the Old Testament book, Joshua Chapter one.

Nelson Mandela once said, “I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.”

Where might you need to be brave in the months ahead? What does bravery look like? How can bravery grow in our lives?

I’ll speaking to this theme this coming Sunday 3rd September as we gather for our Zeo Celebration at Hitchin Town Hall. It would be great to see you there.

Author Brene Brown writes that “Courage is fear that has said it’s prayers.” So, let’s start today by being honest with God about our battles with fear, and ask the Holy Spirit to fill us afresh with the formidable courage of Christ. 

With God’s help, it’s time to be brave!

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