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Psalm 23:4 ” Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.”

What has a greater hold on your life and takes up a bigger space in your heart, fear or faith?  When you find yourself in a deep, dark place, do you seek solace and consolation in the Lord…or do you allow fear and doubt to reign instead?  By placing our trust in God and facing down our fears, He will lead us safety through the valley,  no matter how dark or threatening it may appear. Our Christian walk is a long series of trust-building exercises that strengthen our faith, and reinforce our confidence in God.  So that when we find ourselves in that valley and hear God say, “Fear not!”  … we’ll remember what He’s done, and place our trust in Him because of it . Our faith is built up one dilemma at a time…one dark valley at a time.  And each time we choose faith over fear…fear loses some of its grip on us.

II Chronicles 20:15 ” He said: ‘Listen, King Jehoshaphat and all who live in Judah and Jerusalem! This is what the Lord says to you: Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but God’s.’ “

The biggest cripplers of our Christian walk are fear and doubt.  They effectively incapacitate and render us useless for the Lord, and are the favorite tools in Satan’s arsenal.  God says, “Fear not!”,  but instead, our eyes are fixated on the trouble around us and we freeze – paralyzed in fear.  He says, “The battle is Mine not yours”,  but we doubt, and surrender before we’ve even started to fight.   When we operate in fear and doubt, we’re rejecting and denying God and His power.  And even today if I asked you, there’s probably something that fear and doubt are holding you back from doing in your life.  Satan loves fear and doubt…but he’s also anxious…for he knows that if Believers would conquer their inner doubt and fear and grasp a hold of God’s truths…they could change the world for Christ.

Isaiah 51:7 ” Hear Me, you who know what is right, you people who have My laws in your hearts: Do not fear the reproach of men or be terrified by their insults.”

The world doesn’t understand the trust Christians have in Jesus Christ…to them it is utter craziness.  They view Christians as weak-willed people using religion as a crutch.  So why wouldn’t the world mock us?  It’s at that point though  we have to make a decision of whether to allow the insults to discourage us or not.  Elsewhere in Isaiah it says, “Because the Sovereign Lord helps me, I will not be disgraced.  Therefore have I set my face like flint, and I know I will not be put to shame.” (Isaiah 50:7).  Any and all fear can be faced with trust in the Lord.

John 14:1 “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in Me.”

Why do some decisions come easier than others?  And why are there times when we are so indecisive and timid we can’t pull the trigger on anything?  John 14:27 tells us, “Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”  For it’s when we allow our emotions to rule us, we walk around, wringing our hands and crying, “Woe is me!”  over the smallest decision.  Couple that with fear of the unknown, and it’s amazing we  make choices at all.  Major life decisions will face all of us, but it’s only after seeking God’s counsel first and receiving His peace that we can confidently make the best choice.

II Samuel 22:2-3 ” The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation. He is my stronghold, my refuge and my savior – from violent men You save me.”

God is our only reliable stronghold in the world today.  He is the fortress we can retreat to when fear over takes us.  He is our rescuer when wickedness and oppression take the very breath from us.  For  God is the only rock we can put our absolute trust in…the only refuge we can run to for safety.

Acts 26:16 ” Now get up and stand on your feet. I have appeared to you to appoint you as a servant and as a witness of what you have seen of Me and what I will show you.”

This is what the Lord said to Saul, (later Paul) on that hot and dusty Damascus road.  When we are born again, we have a glimpse of what the Lord has in store for us…visions of the work He wants to accomplish through us.  But suddenly fear and doubt take over,  for the visions are so large and we feel so small and inadequate.  That’s when we need to take a look at this Scripture again, for the Lord says that He was with Paul not only then,  but would be into the future… revealing to him more as Paul obediently moved forward.   So much, that later in his ministry, Paul proclaimed in Philippians 4:13, “I can do everything through Him who gives me strength.”   Please remember this, you too can do all things through Him that gives you strength.

Proverbs 28:1 “…the righteous are as bold as a lion.”

A Holy Spirit empowered ministry is bold and fearless.  Psalm 138:3 says, “You made me bold and stout-hearted.”  And this Scripture is so true…for under our own power we’re nothing but scaredy-cats.  It’s the Holy Spirit that endows our soul, spirit, and self with confidence and courage.  It’s the Holy Spirit that gives us the trust to place our total dependence and hope on God alone.