I have found lately, maybe because of the struggling economy, how easy it is for a lot of people to share their shortcomings. They readily confess that they suffer from all types of physical, material, or emotional problems. Doesn’t take much prodding to have them tell you they have lost a job, experiencing financial struggles, have a bad temper, or that they are self-centered…they will even tell you they are “not that smart.”
But one thing no one wants to admit (to themselves of others) is that they are cowards. No one likes to let on that they are afraid of anything. Of all our human frailties, cowardice seems by far the least popular. But yet we all struggle with feelings of inadequacy and insecurity, so we all have small and large fears pretty regularly.
Fear gets in the way of so many things in our lives, but this is not how God wants us to live. Fear shows doubt for God’s sovereignty, His love for you, and His power over our problems. God does have answers. Remember His answer for our biggest concern…we were headed for eternal damnation because of our sin until Jesus died for us. He has answers for your every predicament, need, suffering, or anticipated suffering.
Pray for and develop courage from God, the only true and lasting source of real and triumphant courage. Then you will free yourself from the fears that keep you from God’s peace and joy.
God’s word speaks to us so clearly about the need to be brave and “fear not.” This message is contained in virtually every book of The Holy Bible. When we really put on the armor, braveness is an automatic outcome.
Today, what concerns you?….what do you worry about or are afraid of? Why? What do you need to believe differently about you and about God for your fear to go away? Usually our problem is some distorted views about what really is painful, how much pain we can handle, and the power and peace God provides when we are in pain. Take God’s promises seriously and see how it affects your vulnerable spots. Again, a decision you need to make, many times a day…God’s protection or the world’s. You choose.
Dear Father God, on the outside I am tough, but on the inside I am so stricken with fear, I am such a coward. God, please give me courage. I need courage in all aspects of my life. I need courage to do good and to resist all forms of evil. I need courage to follow Your commandments, to overcome my fears, both rational and irrational. Give me the courage I need, Lord, to win the struggle against neuroses and anxieties. I need Your courage to overcome my addictions and to persevere though the storms in my life. Give me courage, Lord, to give witness to Your truth and to do great things in Your name. Father, I pray that all those of the Stepping Stones community gain Your courage and lose their fear. Remove their fear Father and give them Your peace…the peace that surpasses all human understanding. . I pray in the name of my rock and refuge, Jesus Christ; and all God’s children say – AMEN!
But he said to them, “It is I; don’t be afraid.”
After this, the word of the LORD came to Abram in a vision: “Do not be afraid, Abram. I am your shield, your very great reward.”
Every man will sit under his own vine and under his own fig tree, and no one will make them afraid, for the LORD Almighty has spoken.
When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead. Then he placed his right hand on me and said: “Do not be afraid. I am the First and the Last.