QUESTION 16 Watchtower asks.
16. What determines whether we are courageous, and how can we strengthen our courage now?
16 Courage: The theme of the 2018 convention program was “Be Courageous!” This program reminded us that our personal abilities do not determine whether we are courageous. As with endurance, true courage comes from relying on Jehovah. How can we strengthen our reliance on him? By reading his Word every day and meditating on how Jehovah saved his people in the past. (Ps. 68:20; 2 Pet. 2:9) When the nations attack us during the great tribulation, we will need to be courageous and to trust in Jehovah as never before. (Ps. 112:7, 8; Heb. 13:6) If we rely on Jehovah now, we will have the courage we need to face Gog’s attack.
So…In 2018, JWs were told they could renew their strength by “reading his Word every day and meditating on how Jehovah saved his people… in the past.”
THE BIBLE TEACHES
Christian’s see nothing wrong with studying how God saved people in the past, but we believe we should
Hebrews 12:1-2 “…lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.”
22 “…righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no distinction, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.”
2 Corinthians 6:2 (For he said, I have heard you in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succored you: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.)
Christ explained the source of power available that enables us to be faithful and courageous as a Christian and to witness for Christ, even during difficulty, is the Holy Spirit!
Acts 1:8 “…But you will receive power, the Holy Spirit having come upon you, and you will be witnesses for Me, both in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the uttermost part of the earth.”
Watchtower makes a reference to Hebrews 13:6. When read in context, we find even more evidence of how our confidence and courage is found in God our Savior and that we are to look to the Son and how He saves today.
Hebrews 13:5 ”…Let your manner of life be without covetousness, being satisfied with the present; for He Himself has said: “Never will I leave you, never will I forsake you.” 6 So we are confident to say: “The Lord is my helper, and I will not be afraid; what shall man do to me?” 7 Remember those leading you, who spoke the word of God to you, of whom, considering the outcome of their way of life, you are to imitate the faith. 8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, and today, and to the ages.”
Hebrews 1:1 God, having spoken long ago to our fathers in the prophets in many portions and in many ways, 2 in these last days has spoken to us in His Son, whom He appointed heir of all things, and through whom He made the ages, 3 who, being the radiance of His glory and the exact expression of His substance, and upholding all things by the power of His word, through having made thepurification of sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, 4 having become by so much superior to the angels, as much as He has inherited a name more excellent beyond theirs. 5 For to which of the angels did He ever say: “You are my Son; today I have begotten You”?
We agree that people need to read the Word daily. The only disagreement with Watchtower here is their failure to teach (or even mention) that we need to acknowledge the power of the Holy Spirit and that today we are saved, redeemed and justified in Christ alone, rather than in how “Jehovah saved His people in the past.” In the past, people were under the Old Levitical Covenant. The New Covenant is in effect today.