When things happen to you, they often happen fast. You don't have time to get out your Bible and go looking for a verse that might help you react or respond. The only weapon you have is whatever you can instantly remember.

So memorize the verse that can become your key weapon for Courage Season, Heb. 12.1b-2 (NLT):

". . . And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Because of the joy awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now he is seated in the place of honor beside God's throne." 

The courage of Courage Season is the courage to endure. This verse about endurance is the heart of Courage Season and the basis for the seasonal meme. Keep coming back to it. Keep celebrating it. Keep using it as things happen to you.

 

Read the verses around it. Keep realizing new aspects of its meaning. SYNCed with this verse, you will not quit because you are not following a quitter. You draw courage from Christ's courage, and you keep going.

Remember that as Jesus carried his cross, his destination was not Calvary. It was the throne in heaven. Calvary was only a necessary stop along the route. 

Don't fall for the common idea that following Jesus will be trouble-free if we are faithful. Read Hebrews 11 again! Don't slip into thinking that Jesus suffered so we could have an easy, comfortable life. He suffered not only to pay for our sin but to motivate us to join him in the painful struggle against what is left of sin in this world. 

Other weapons

Besides memorizing Heb. 12.1-2, you may want to memorize one or more other verses. If you use the daily or weekly Bible readings, Christ's Spirit will highlight a verse for you from time to time. All those highlighted verses are potential weapons for you. If you want to kick-start your memorization, try James 1.2-3.

The meme as a weapon

The meme for Courage Season can work as an additional weapon, but remember that the actual Scripture verses are the permanent Word of God. They have a power of their own beyond the power of the phrases we use to re-state the truth today. That power can't be explained but it can be experienced.

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