The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received bought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.” The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. Now if we are children then we are heirs, heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory. Romans 8:15-16
Be of good courage and Christ will strengthen your heart. He wants you to face adversity with confidence and firm determination. Because he is with you and the Holy Spirit lives in you, you have everything you need to be bold. Cowardliness is not of his kingdom. When you are feeling overwhelmed by your circumstances, remember who you are, a child of the eternal KING! Invite him into the very circumstances that are intimidating you, and let the Light of his powerful presence strength you. When you choose to live courageously, he is pleased. And he responds by strengthening your heart, thus increasing your courage.
Expect to encounter hardships as you journey toward heaven, because you live in a very broken world. This is why bravery is desperately needed among his followers. You also need hope. Christ promise to strengthen your heart when you have hope in him. Courage and hope are closely connected to his kingdom. So he urges you to hold on to your courage and your hope. They are more precious than gold!