Take Courage is a series focused on the examples of eight Old Testament men of faith. This material is also available in paperback.

Courage Today

Courage Today

Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider Him who has endured such hostility by sinners against Himself, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart” (Hebrews 12:1-3).

The Hebrew writer mentioned the “great cloud of witnesses,” referring to the heroes of faith he had just discussed. Some of the examples we have considered in our study are in the list of the faithful in Hebrews 11. Because we have this “great cloud of witnesses surrounding us,” we must do three things:

  1. Lay aside every encumbrance and sin, and run with endurance (Hebrews 12:1).
  2. Look to Jesus and to His example (Hebrews 12:2).
  3. Do not grow weary and lose heart (Hebrews 12:3).

In other words, “take courage” (John 16:33) – trust in the Lord and follow Him as He desires, no matter what the consequences might be.
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Daniel: The Courage to Defy the Law

Daniel: The Courage to Defy the Law

The final example in our study is Daniel. This lesson will focus on the courage he demonstrated in his willingness to violate the laws of men in order to be faithful to the Lord.
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Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego: The Courage to Trust in God

Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego: The Courage to Trust in God

The example of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego shows us the courage needed to put one’s complete trust in God. Of course, other men in the examples we have already noticed have trusted in God, but the example of Daniel’s friends is different – they did not receive special, direct revelation (as least not as far as we are told in the Scriptures) like many other Old Testament characters. Therefore, their example is very helpful for us today.
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Josiah: The Courage to Restore

Josiah: The Courage to Restore

A restoration took place in the days of Josiah, king of Judah. He sought to restore the practices of the Law of Moses that had been abandoned.
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Amos: The Courage to Speak Out

Amos: The Courage to Speak Out

Amos may be the one in our series with whom people are most unfamiliar. Yet his is a powerful example of one who had the courage to speak out – to proclaim the truth and condemn error.
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David: The Courage to Fight

David: The Courage to Fight

The next example in our series is David who had the courage to fight. There are several examples in David’s life of him courageously fighting against his enemies (and God’s enemies). But for our lesson, we will focus on his fight against the Philistine giant, Goliath.
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Moses: The Courage to Lead

Moses: The Courage to Lead

Moses was chosen by God to lead the Israelites out of the land of Egypt. At first he was hesitant to do this. But in the end, Moses obeyed the Lord, stood against Pharaoh, and led the people out of bondage and toward the promised land.
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