Forehead & Courage

Some call it guts. The Jews call it chutzpah. Others say balls.

Ezekiel calls it forehead.

I'm so over the idea that boldness is only a man and a gun or a speaker and a crowd. It's more.

Those who would live with courage must first live it privately. 

We want to see the world made right, but that doesn't start with others. It starts with us. Before we have the courage to face the lies of others we have to face the lies within ourselves. Guts come with crunches. Balls are genetic. Chutzpah can be personality. But forehead takes something more.

Forehead requires Character.

In the Ezekiel 3 God says:
"Son of man, go to the house of Israel and speak with My words to them."
It's a nice thought that God's messenger would be welcomed and heard. But that is hardly the case ...
"But the house of Israel will not listen to you, because they will not listen to Me; for all the house of Israel are impudent and hard-hearted."
And yet like a determined pursuer, He sends his messenger anyways:
"Behold, I have made your face strong against their faces, and your forehead strong against their foreheads. Like adamant stone, harder than flint, I have made your forehead; do not be afraid of them, nor be dismayed at their looks, though they are a rebellious house.”
I wish scripture could specifically reference Youtube comments but alas ... there's only so much God considers worthy of prophecy. Have you read any of those Youtube comments? They are nasty!!! I hear such cruelty online I can barely even believe someone would think such things! And then I get stuck in traffic, but anyways. Back to having courage.

What matters most in having courage is loving the right words.

“Son of man, receive into your heart all My words that I speak to you, and hear with your ears. And go, get to the captives, to the children of your people, and speak to them and tell them, ‘Thus says the Lord God,’ whether they hear, or whether they refuse.”
That's what courage is. It's speaking and acting for what is right no matter the consequences. Whether they shove your face in the ground or praise you in the streets, the prayer needs to be the same ...
"Let my life be pleasing to you only Lord."
Which isn't any exact scripture, just the meditation of my heart. So that's the secret to being brave. Love God ... and practice.

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