What results from a cowardly spirit? - Cowardice - TouchPoints

What results from a cowardly spirit?

Deuteronomy 20:8Then the officers will also say, ‘Is anyone terrified? If you are, go home before you frighten anyone else.’

Numbers 13:30-33But the other men who had explored the land with him answered, “We can’t go up against them! They are stronger than we are!” So they spread discouraging reports about the land among the Israelites . . .

Joshua 14:8but my brothers who went with me frightened the people and discouraged them from entering the Promised Land.

Judges 7:2-3The Lord said to Gideon, “You have too many warriors with you. If I let all of you fight the Midianites, the Israelites will boast to me that they saved themselves by their own strength. Therefore, tell the people, ‘Whoever is timid or afraid may leave and go home.’” Twenty-two thousand of them went home . . .

Jeremiah 38:4So these officials went to the king and said, “Sir, this man must die! That kind of talk will undermine the morale of the few fighting men we have left, as well as that of all the people, too.”

Cowardice is contagious, infecting others. The good news is that courage does the same thing. Far better to infect others with courage, not cowardice.

2 Samuel 17:10Then even the bravest of them, though they have the heart of a lion, will be paralyzed with fear. For all Israel knows what a mighty man your father is and how courageous his warriors are.

Proverbs 29:25Fearing people is a dangerous trap, but to trust the Lord means safety.

Cowardice can be a paralyzing trap, freezing our progress. When you’re living in constant fear, you cannot move forward in the Christian life. Fortunately, when you trust in the Lord, you’ll always be safe in him.

1 Samuel 13:6-7When the men of Israel saw the vast number of enemy troops, they lost their nerve entirely and tried to hide in caves, holes, rocks, tombs, and cisterns.

1 Samuel 17:24As soon as the Israelite army saw him, they began to run away in fright.

Jonah 1:10Then he told them that he was running away from the Lord. The sailors were terrified when they heard this. “Oh, why did you do it?” they groaned.

Luke 22:57-60But Peter denied it. “Woman,” he said, “I don’t even know him!” After a while someone else looked at him and said, “You must be one of them!” “No, man, I’m not!” Peter retorted. About an hour later someone else insisted, “This must be one of them, because he is a Galilean, too.” But Peter said, “Man, I don’t know what you are talking about.” And immediately, while he was still speaking, the rooster crowed.

Galatians 2:12When he first arrived, he ate with the Gentile Christians, who don’t bother with circumcision. But afterward, when some Jewish friends of James came, Peter wouldn’t eat with the Gentiles anymore because he was afraid of what these legalists would say.

Cowardice makes you run when you should resist. Sometimes God needs someone to stand up and speak up for him, which takes courage.

John 19:12-16Then Pilate tried to release him, but the Jewish leaders told him, “If you release this man, you are not a friend of Caesar. Anyone who declares himself a king is a rebel against Caesar.” When they said this, Pilate brought Jesus out to them again . . . Then Pilate gave Jesus to them to be crucified.

Cowardice leads to compromise, giving up or giving in when you shouldn’t. It takes courage to stand up to the crowd, to do what’s right when you feel like you’re alone.

Matthew 26:69-74Meanwhile, as Peter was sitting outside in the courtyard, a servant girl came over and said to him, “You were one of those with Jesus the Galilean.” But Peter denied it in front of everyone. “I don’t know what you are talking about,” he said.

John 12:42-43Many people, including some of the Jewish leaders, believed in him. But they wouldn’t admit it to anyone because of their fear that the Pharisees would expel them from the synagogue.

John 7:13But no one had the courage to speak favorably about him in public, for they were afraid of getting in trouble with the Jewish leaders.

John 9:22-23They said this because they were afraid of the Jewish leaders, who had announced that anyone saying Jesus was the Messiah would be expelled from the synagogue. John 20:19 . . . That evening, on the first day of the week, the disciples were meeting behind locked doors because they were afraid of the Jewish leaders. Suddenly, Jesus was standing there among them! “Peace be with you,” he said.

Cowardice prevents you from acknowledging Jesus Christ publicly and can even lead to denying a relationship with him.

Revelation 21:8But cowards who turn away from me, and unbelievers, and the corrupt, and murderers, and the immoral, and those who practice witchcraft, and idol worshipers, and all liars—their doom is in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur. This is the second death.

Cowardice will be judged, along with all other wrongs.