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II Corinthians 4:16-17 ” Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.”

The apostle Paul who wrote this is probably one of the best examples of someone who looked beyond discouragement and refused to give in to despair.  For here Paul calls the overwhelming mental, physical, and spiritual distress he has endured as “light and momentary troubles.”  But how could he do this?  The answer is simple…he was allowing the Lord to renew and restore his mind daily…or as Colossians 3:10 tells us, “Put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator.”  When we become discouraged, fearful, or overcome with the current troubles in the world today, we need to be reminded that as we go through all these hardships, they are achieving for us righteousness and eternal glory for His namesake.  Therefore, we do not lose heart.

Psalm 56:3 ” When I am afraid, I will trust in You.”

As I studied this verse I discovered that the Hebrew word for afraid, Yare, has two separate meanings.  The first is the negative emotion of fearful…while the second is the positive emotion of reverence and awe for God.  So what David is explaining here is that in the time of fear he consciously shifted his mind from one meaning to the other… from dwelling on a negative emotion to focusing on a positive one.  So instead of standing on the shifting sands of fear and anxiety David planted his feet firmly and confidently on the solid rock of Christ.

Job 11: 13-15 ” Yet if you devote your heart to Him and stretch out your hands to Him, if you put away sin that is in your heart and allow no evil to dwell in your tent, then you will lift up your face without shame; you will stand firm and without fear.”

These verses can give us great insight into what it takes to combat doubt and fear in our lives.  The first part gives us clear directions as to what our responsibilities are.  We are to be steadfast trusting in the Lord at all times…calling on Him first, and not as an afterthought.  We are to turn our back on our old sinful ways, but even more importantly, it says  we are to not tolerate or enable sin to remain in our house.  This is called compromise, and unfortunately many a Christian household has crumbled when questionable moral concessions have been made.  As we work on our responsibilities, we can as Job 22:26 says,  ” Find delight in the Almighty and lift up our face to God.” For when there is no longer the guilt and shame of sin weighting us down, we can lift up our head and look straight into the eyes of Jesus with a clear conscience…free of self-doubt and fear.

Acts 18: 9-10 ” One night the Lord spoke to Paul in a vision: ‘Do not be afraid; keep on speaking, do not be silent. For I am with you, and no one is going to attack and harm you, because I have many people in this city.’ “

Even Paul had times when he thought he was the only person in the world working for the Lord.  And when people verbally assaulted or berated him for the Gospel Message he likely wished he could just run away rather than stand up to them.  But God showed him in that vision that he wasn’t the only Believer in Corinth…that he needed to keep preaching the Good News despite the attacks…and that God was with him through it all.  For one of the biggest tools in the arsenal of Satan is to make us believe we’re alone and separated from God and others…out there by ourselves without any support.  But we’re not!

Psalm 118:5 ” In my anguish I cried to the Lord, and He answered by setting me free. The Lord is with me, I will not be afraid.”

For many, the bondage of fear stops us from being able to move forward with life.  We long to be liberated from the paralyzing emotions, but feel there’s little we can do to change.  But if we’ll take the time to study a few Scriptures, we’ll discover that God has already made the way for us.  It starts with this verse in Psalms.  When I cry out to the Lord, He answers by liberating me from the terror I’m going through…in other words, setting me free from its control.  And this freedom from fear can only be found in the truth of the Gospel.  For Jesus declares to us in John 8:32, ” If you hold to My teachings, you are really My disciples.  Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”  There can be freedom from doubt and fear, and it starts with the saving revelation of the Gospel Message.

II Samuel 22: 18-20 ” He rescued me from my powerful enemy, from my foes, who were too strong for me. They confronted me in the day of my disaster, but the Lord was my support. He brought me out into a spacious place; He rescued me because He delighted in me.”

These verses come from a Song of Praise David sang to the Lord  after God had delivered him from the hand of all his enemies.  Out of David’s heart came thanksgiving for God’s steadfastness…even in the face of calamity.  And the deep-seated trust David had in God is not only evident here, but elsewhere when he declared, “I will fear no evil, for You are with me.” (Psalm 23:4)  David was able to turn fear into faith by keeping his eyes on God and not his situation.

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

Later in this same Chapter, Jesus repeats these words again, “Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” (John 14:27)  In both verses Jesus is telling us that we have control over doubt, fear, and confusion…”Do not allow (or permit)  your hearts (or minds) to be troubled. (confused and/or terrified) ” He wouldn’t be telling us to do something if it wasn’t possible for us to achieve it.  Now stop and read that last sentence again please!  Jesus is telling us that we all have the direct influence within us to rein in and exercise restraint over fear…but it’s contingent on our trust in Him.  In other words, a troubled heart is an unbelieving  heart.  So our success over doubt and fear lies largely in how we  build our faith in God.  And this confidence in Him only comes by reading the Bible and praying daily…for you can never fully trust a stranger.