Overcoming Fear

“Moreover David said, “The Lord, who delivered me from the paw of the lion and from the paw of the bear, He will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine.” And Saul said to David, “Go, and the Lord be with you!”
1 Samuel 17:37

God wants to lead and guide us. We are commanded to walk by faith and not by sight. This requires trust. The more we trust God and HIS ABILITY the less we will be afraid. God doesn’t want us to fear NO EVIL.

  • Psalm 23:4 New King James Version – Yea, 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.

Consider David. He was a man of after God’s own heart who didn’t let fear stop him from serving God fully. David was willing to face an actual giant named Goliath who was over nine feet tall. He defeated Goliath even though he was younger, smaller, and had no experience as a soldier. But what David did have was giant faith. David’s faith in God slayed the giant.

The other soldiers of Israel paid attention to Goliath’s intimidating taunts. He taunted and mocked the armies of Israel and the God of Israel for forty days. By the time this giant got finished talking, all the men of war were afraid. They warriors of Israel paid attention to Goliath’s size instead of the size of the true and living God. David focused on God and was willing to confront the giant everyone else was afraid of.

  • 1 Samuel 17:4 8-51 New King James Version48 So it was, when the Philistine arose and came and drew near to meet David, that David hurried and ran toward the army to meet the Philistine. 49 Then David put his hand in his bag and took out a stone; and he slung it and struck the Philistine in his forehead, so that the stone sank into his forehead, and he fell on his face to the earth. 50 So David prevailed over the Philistine with a sling and a stone, and struck the Philistine and killed him. But there was no sword in the hand of David. 51 Therefore David ran and stood over the Philistine, took his sword and drew it out of its sheath and killed him, and cut off his head with it.

We must be willing to confront FEAR. Being afraid is not a sin, but letting fear hinder us from obeying God is. We can pray for courage to overcome fear and the Holy Spirit will help us. In whatever we must face, we can face it IN THE NAME OF THE LORD. Sometimes God will have us face the very thing we fear. Facing our fears knowing God is with us makes all the difference.

Some people in the world are faced with the threat of being killed because of their faith in Jesus. Many of these men and women of God face this fear head on and refuse to deny Jesus. They give up their lives and becomes martyrs rather than reject Christ. God promises those who confront this fear and overcome will be rewarded.

“Do not fear any of those things which you are about to suffer. Indeed, the devil is about to throw some of you into prison, that you may be tested, and you will have tribulation ten days. Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life.”

Revelation 2:10

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