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Hebrews 10:39 ” But we are not of those who shrink back and are destroyed, but of those who believe and are saved.”

The gist of this Scripture is repeated in Habakkuk 2:3-4 where it says, ” But the righteous will live by faith.  And if they shrink back, I will not be pleased with them.”  We all claim to have faith and trust in God…but do we really?   Shrinking back is hesitation and self-doubt that we can really do what God is calling us to.  Sure, we can believe for great miracles in someone else’s life…but when it comes down to trusting God in our own, we falter.  Self-doubt can effectively stop any Kingdom work the Lord has for you…for when you hesitate, you’re essentially telling God you don’t trust Him.  We are to live by faith, believing that if God calls us to something, He will equip us also.

Numbers 13:30-31 ” Then Caleb silenced the people before Moses and said, ‘ We should go up and take possession of the land, for we can certainly do it.’ But the men who had gone up with him said, ‘ We can’t attack those people; they are stronger than we are.’ “

The Lord had instructed Moses to send 12 spies into Canaan, but it was only Caleb and Joshua who urged the people to go in and conquer the Promised Land.  Which is very odd if you look at the other 10 men’s names and their meanings…remembering all these young men had been born as God directed the Jews in the wilderness for 40 years.  Their names included – God hears, God endows, God redeems, God saves, God is my deliverance, God is my kinsman.  For in the end, all their strong, valiant names couldn’t help them overcome fear.  And despite hearing about God’s covenant with Israel all their life, they only saw adversity.

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.