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Genesis 19: 24-26 ” Then the Lord rained down burning sulfur on Sodom and Gomorrah- from the Lord out of the heavens. Thus He overthrew those cities and the entire plain, including all those living in the cities – and also the vegetation in the land. But Lot’s wife looked back, and she became a pillar of salt.”

Angels of the Lord had warned Lot and his family of the impending destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah… and to flee and not look back.  But even with the warning…Lot’s wife still turned back towards what once had been her life and lost it.  Jesus also reminds us of this in Luke 17:32, when He told His disciples, “Don’t go back.”  So why are we so prone to do exactly what the Lord tells us not to?  When our fear of the unknown outweighs our faith in God…we go back.  And when anxiety supersedes what we know in our heart to be true, our mind goes back to familiar coping mechanisms…allowing fear to crowd out our confidence in God.

Job 19:8 ” He has blocked my way so I cannot pass; He has shrouded my paths in darkness.”

It’s part of life here on earth…trials, illness, and loss are inevitable.  Jeremiah 8:15 sums it up very well how  we can feel at these times, ” We hoped for peace but no good has come, for a time of healing but there was only terror.”  In these fearful, confusing times we long for the light at the end of the tunnel…but all we see is darkness.  “He has blocked my way so I cannot pass…”  In this verse, the Hebrew word for blocked is gadar – which means to build or heap up stones to make a wall.  We sometimes do feel walled in or blocked off… but know God may be also protecting you from unseen evil you know nothing about.  In those dark times, we need to put all our trust in the Lord and wait for the storm to pass.

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.

Deuteronomy 31:8 “The Lord Himself goes before you and will be with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.”

Fear is a demoralizing force that will stop you in your tracks.  Fear takes your eyes off God and onto to the scary circumstances swirling around you.  Genesis 28:15 tells us, “I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go…”  Just remember, there is no place you will ever find yourself that is beyond the reach of God.

Philippians 1:27-28 ” I will know that you stand firm in one spirit, contending as one man for the faith of the Gospel without being frightened in any way by those who oppose you.”

Declaring the Gospel to those around us can be scary.  We’re afraid of rejection…afraid of adversity…afraid of failure, so hence, we say nothing.  My favorite excuse is, “Someone else will share the Good News with that person…someone like the Pastor, or someone else more experienced than me.”  But there may not be a “someone else” in that person’s life.  For you may be the only one that will ever share the Gospel, or ever say the words, “Jesus loves you” to that person.  I Corinthians 16:13 says, …” we are to stand firm; be men (and women) of courage; and be strong when contending for the faith.”   So how do we overcome the fear of sharing our faith with others?  First realize,  you can never fail, even if you don’t see immediate results.  What you’re doing is planting seed that needs to be watered…maybe by someone else… and maybe an entirely different person will be there to see the harvest.  Secondly, it’s not about you and your abilities or lack there of.  For your dependence should be on the Lord Jesus Christ and the leading of the Holy Spirit to show you the way.  So with them in your corner, don’t be afraid, you can do it!

Hebrews 10: 37-38 ” For in just a very little while, ‘He who is coming will come and will not delay. But my righteous one will live by faith. And if he shrinks back, I will not be pleased with him.’ “

The writer of Hebrews is paraphrasing  Habakkuk 2:3-4 in this passage.  He’s stressing that our spiritual walk is made up of  constant, focused, decisions to trust and obey the Lord…even when we can’t see change.  He warns us against retreating or drawing back from trials simply out of  fear.  If you’re in the middle of a storm today,  don’t allow fear to rule your life…don’t hesitate when apprehension rises in your throat…rather make a conscious decision to listen to that still small voice of the Holy Spirit and walk by faith.

Joshua 1:6-7 ” Be strong and courageous, because you will lead these people to inherit the land I swore to their forefathers to give them. Be strong and very courageous…”

In this scripture, God is commanding Joshua to lead the Children of Israel into the Promised Land.  To the human mind this was an almost impossible undertaking…moving a vast sea of humanity from point A to point B.  But the Lord is girding up Joshua’s loins so to speak by commanding him to be brave and fearless…to look beyond what he saw  to what God envisioned for them.    The Lord may have a scary scenario coming up this year for you…when He calls, will you step out with the same determination and boldness as Joshua did,  or allow the fear of impossibility  to take over?