Before the first Christian Pentecost, the apostles were anything but courageous. They were fearful, insecure, and easily manipulated into abandoning Jesus, even at the time of His death. But after Pentecost, they were so courageous that they stood up to the Jewish religious leaders (see Acts 5:28ff), the Roman government, and even the devil. They were so courageous that they were unintimidated by torture and martyrdom. Without a doubt, "the Spirit God has given us is no cowardly spirit" (2 Tm 1:7).
"All who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. You did not receive a spirit of slavery leading you back into fear, but a spirit of adoption through which we cry out, 'Abba!' (that is, 'Father')" (Rm 8:14-15). The Holy Spirit makes us secure in our Father's love so that we are courageous witnesses for Jesus. Instead of giving Jesus the "silent treatment" in our cowardice, we courageously say to all the powers that be: "Better for us to obey God than men!" (Acts 5:29)
In our society, church, businesses, schools, and families, we are being defeated because we have too many people who are "chickens." To stand up for life, stop injustices, proclaim the truth, restore families, and bring down the culture of death, we need "chickens" to be changed into "lions." If you are willing to let this be done, cry out with all your hearts: "Come, Holy Spirit!"