Have you ever been involved in a less-than-savory situation that forced you to step forward and come clean or step back and hope for it to blow by as quickly as possible?
We have moments like this in our lives–when fear bubbles up from our gut and we stand there with one hand in the other, wondering what to do. We don’t always remember that where our weakness meets faith, we find courage.
I pray for God’s courage. I’ve seen where my own two legs carry me when “going by me” or going by worldly ways instead of going by faith. It isn’t pretty. Standing before Goliath with shaking knees feels devastating… and lonely.
I didn’t always call on Him. I didn’t always trust God, and that’s when I stumbled the most. Thank you Lord for a new life. Lord, just as John the Baptist prayed in the Bible, let me decrease so you can increase. (John 3:30)
Facing Fear Right Now?
It feels weighty. It causes fatigue. It seems like the situation will never end. Sound familiar?
Fear is a method used by sin to pull us to pieces; it attempts to wreak havoc on our peace and leave us open to more attack.
Remember: We don’t have to go it alone, and we should not go it alone. It’s in our weakness that God gives us strength, but we must realize that we’re not qualified by what we have or do, but by the spirit of God inside of us. In 2 Timothy 1:1-7, Paul writes: “For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.”
Here are some tips on living courageously in the face of fear from a sermon we heard this weekend. The spirit was really speaking.
- Let’s be open to the assignments God has for us. Despite our fears and past experiences, we must trust Him.
- We should focus on God’s ability, not our inability. Whatever “it” is, God is bigger. When we believe that, the spirit of God will dominate.
- Our willingness to bear weight is intended to bless others. We must own our weight–whatever it is at the moment–and carry it out well in the face of fear.
When God is for us, who can be against us? Lord, help us confront our fears head on and do what is right. Please fill us with your spirit of courage. Please allow peace and calm to dominate.