Cultivate Courage: Day One

Cultivate Courage: Day One

distinguish lies from truth

By Rebekah Hargraves

READ: Psalm 25:4-5, John 16:13a, Philippians 4:7, 2 Corinthians 10:5

Mothering is hard sometimes, and in those seasons it’s easy to quickly give into fear and worry. To be honest, that tends to be my immediate go-to response when something troubling is happening with my children. I fret, borrow trouble, assume the worst will happen, and rely on myself to find the solution, all the while subconsciously believing that God isn’t quite big enough to handle all my problems. 

In those moments, what I have to understand is that I am believing lies, allowing the enemy to plant into the soil of my mind the rotten roots of deception:

Maybe God isn’t big enough to prevent this from happening.

Maybe He isn’t powerful enough to bring good out of even this.

Maybe He won’t be able to bind up my broken heart if I face this.

Maybe He doesn’t have a good reason for allowing this trouble to come into my life.

Have you ever entertained any of these thoughts in your own mind when faced with impending trials in motherhood? If so, is it any wonder we find ourselves lacking in courage when faced with hard moments? 

The good news, mama, is that we aren’t left to our own devices to attempt to figure out what is truth and what is a lie. We don’t have to fend for ourselves, looking for a way to uproot the lies that have sunk down deep and replace them with the good fruit of truth. Why? Because we have a Helper on our side who is specifically there to comfort and guide us. Jesus said in John 16:13a, “When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth.”

The good news is that we have been equipped, through the power and direction of the Holy Spirit, to know the truth that will set us free from fear. We need only study the Word, be in communion with the Father through prayer, and walk by the Spirit. “And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:7)”.

“Make your ways known to me, Lord; teach me your paths. Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; I wait for you all day long.” ~Psalm 25:4-5


REFLECT: 

  1. What lies are believing? 

  2. What thoughts do you need to take captive (2 Corinthians 10:5)? 

  3. How will knowing the truth set you free to live a life of courage?

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