Carey Lewis Devotions
Sunday, October 20th, 2019
Success Strategies: Courage
Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the Lord your God, He is the One Who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you.
Deuteronomy 31:6 (NKJV)
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.
Joshua 1:9 (NKJV)
God encouraged Joshua before he led the children of Israel in a series of wars to claim the Promised Land. Considering His repeated Commands to courage, I believe Joshua was scared.

Actors, models and talent for Christ may be scared, too. Can they survive and thrive in the entertainment industry? Embrace God's Words above. Consider man's words below:

'Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear--not absence of fear' (Mark Twain).

'Courage is almost a contradiction in terms. It means a strong desire to live, taking the form of a readiness to die' (G.K. Chesterton).

'Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts' (Winston Churchill).

'Failure is unimportant. It takes courage to make a fool of yourself' (Charlie Chaplin).

'Never let the fear of striking out get in your way' (Babe Ruth).

'He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life' (Muhammad Ali).

'Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy' (Dale Carnegie).

'Mistakes are always forgivable, if one has the courage to admit them' (Bruce Lee).

'How few there are who have courage enough to own their faults, or resolution enough to mend them' (Benjamin Franklin).

'Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point' (C.S. Lewis).

'Courage is contagious. When a brave man takes a stand, the spines of others are often stiffened' (Billy Graham).

'One man with courage is a majority' (Thomas Jefferson). Or as God says at the end of Isaiah 60: 'A little one shall become a thousand, and a small one a strong nation. I, the Lord, will hasten it in its time' (v.22, NKJV).

God promotes people of courage. Therein, courage is a success strategy.

## Success Strategies: Courage (Part 15)

NOTE: This series is a republished edit of a 2013 devotion series called, 'Success Strategies.' You may see notes to 'Actors, Models & Talent for Christ.' If you're not a performer, don't be deterred. In truth, every disciple acts for Christ, models Christ and stewards His talents.

P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Success Strategies series.

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"I labored, yet not I. By the grace of God, I am what I am, and do what I do' (paraphrase of 1 Corinthians 15:10). I love God's Word. As a late-in-life committed Christian with no Bible training prior to age 51, some people wonder how I'm qualified to write devotions. I wonder that, too. But God loves children and fools for Him. I am both. Ghost Writer? God.

Carey Lewis

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