Courage is the inner strength that enables you to stand against the odds of life with a determination to reach your goal. Satan brings negative circumstances your way so as to discourage you, his aim is to reduce your courage in order to stop you from taking steps towards your goal in life. Most people that are stagnated today are simply victims of discouragement. This is why you must know how to keep boosting your courage or to keep encouraging yourself in the Lord. A time came in the life of David when he would have been overtaken by discouragement but he encouraged himself in the Lord; he boosted his courage. As a result, he was strengthened to pursue the enemy and recover all that he and his men had lost (1 Samuel 30:1-18).
Now, the foremost way to boost your courage is by making bold declarations. Jesus said, “…Whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith” (Mark 11:23). That means, no matter the mountain you are faced with, if you will make bold declarations and refuse to be discouraged in your heart, you shall have whatsoever you say.
You have to learn how to make your boast in Lord. Every proper Christian is a boaster, not in himself but in the Lord. Rather than bemoan your situation, begin to declare what you believe your God can do for you. You may have fallen or failed many time, but you can tell yourself, “I know I can still make it, my God will make a way for me, I cannot be stranded, I am not a failure, I am destined to be above only and never beneath. My enemies that come against me in one way shall flee before me in seven ways.” As you do that, you will discover that strength is infused into your hands and feet and you will begin to achieve what the devil said you would be able to achieve.
Your words are the strength of your life. If you cannot speak then you will remain discouraged and stranded. Never be tired of charging yourself up with the word of God. In the midst of the hottest battle, keep speaking. For your information, the greatest battles of life are first won with words before they are won in the physical. When David stepped out to face Goliath, he first engaged him in a battle of words. Goliath said to David, “I will give your flesh to the fowls of the air, and to the beasts of the field.” David did not keep quiet, he replied immediately and said, “You come to me with a sword, and with a spear, but I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts. This day will the Lord deliver you into my hand and I will kill you, and take your head from you; and I will give the carcases of the host of the Philistines to the fowls of the air, and to the wild beasts of the earth” (1 Sam 17:44-47). If you check those scriptures you will discover that David spoke much more than Goliath and he also spoke the last word. After that, he ran towards the giant and killed him. So, when satan begins to speak negative words to you, he tells you, “You can never make it again”, reply him immediately with words of faith.
As you make your boast in the Lord with strong declarations, not only are you strengthened to move forward, the enemy is driven back and God arises to confirm what you say.