Don’t be afraid or discouraged!
“‘This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.’” (see the Bible, Joshua 1:9, NLT)
The Lord knows our feelings, and He knows we can be afraid. He knows we can hide behind fear when what He has planned for us seems too big.
Don’t find refuge in fear…but in the Lord!
In fact, fear is one of the first consequences of sin and our separation from God in the Bible: “…‘I heard you walking in the garden, so I hid. I was afraid because I was naked’”, Adam said. (see Genesis 3:10)
The devil’s tactic is to make us afraid. He prowls around like a roaring lion, the Bible says.
- Fear paralyzes.
- Fear distorts reality.
- Fear prevents us from making the right decisions.
- Fear forces us to retreat rather than move forward.
- Fear prevents us from entering into the wonderful plan God has for our lives.
As it did for this man who received a talent but went and hid it out of fear…“‘I was afraid I would lose your money, so I hid it in the earth…’” (Matthew 25:25)
So, how do you overcome your fears?
- Start by recognizing the source. Is it fear of men, of what they’ll say, that’s preventing you from moving into the place that God has prepared for you? Here’s what the Bible declares: “‘I, yes I, am the one who comforts you. So why are you afraid of mere humans, who wither like the grass and disappear?’” (see Isaiah 51:12)
- Then, confess your fears to God. Don’t forget: what makes fear afraid is the Word declared! Take your stand…declare that God conquers your fears and that He is the One strengthening you.
“‘…[N]o weapon turned against you will succeed. You will silence every voice raised up to accuse you. These benefits are enjoyed by the servants of the Lord; their vindication will come from me. I, the Lord, have spoken!’” (see the Bible, Isaiah 54:17)
Today, I pray that you have the courage to declare that your battle belongs to God and no other! You can stand without fear before God’s promises and go forward with your head held high.
Thanks for existing!