Are You Fearful or Fearless?
Are you living in fear? It’s easy to look at your circumstances and become overwhelmed with the challenges that appear impossible to handle. What do you do?
Flying, dying, snakes, quakes, mistakes, you name it, people are afraid of all kinds of things. Maybe these aren’t problems for you. Perhaps it’s the fear of losing your job, your home, your mate, or your children which causes you great anguish.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are still 7 million people without jobs. We’re witnessing many natural disasters: tornadoes, tsunamis, floods, freezing temps, extreme heat, drought, and fires, all causing catastrophic difficulties for many people. We’re living in perilous days. And if you’re not careful, it’s easy to become fearful of everything that’s happening around you.
Wouldn’t you love to live with outrageous courage rather than be crippled by fear? Billy Graham once said, “Courage is contagious. When a brave man takes a stand, the spines of others are often stiffened.”
When I think of someone who had outrageous courage, I think of Todd Beamer. Todd’s a man who’s remembered by his iconic phrase, “Let’s roll!” Todd Morgan Beamer was one of the heroic passengers aboard United Airlines Flight 93 which was hijacked as part of the September 11 attacks in 2001.
Beamer, along with Mark Bingham, Tom Burnett and Jeremy Glick formed a plan to take the plane back from the hijackers and led other passengers in this heroic effort. Their courage sparked an historic endeavor that aided in sparing the lives of countless people. They gave their lives for others.
Do you have this same kind of courage? Fortunately, most of us will not experience hijacking, but there are plenty of other situations in life that can cause great fear.
Are you living in fear or are you strong and courageous? How does God tell us to live?
“Do not fear” is used nearly 60 times in the Bible. God wants you to live courageously, not in fear. How is this possible when you may be facing trials and testings constantly that can cause anxiety, fear, and great stress?
In your trials can you truly walk without fear? Is it possible? Not only is it possible, but God tells us to live this way. We read in Joshua 1:1-2:
“Now it came about after the death of Moses the servant of the LORD, that the LORD spoke to Joshua the son of Nun, Moses’ servant, saying, “Moses My servant is dead; now therefore arise, cross this Jordan, you and all this people, to the land which I am giving to them, to the sons of Israel.”
Can you imagine this daunting task? For 40 years Moses led the Israelites through the wilderness. He was a tremendous leader, but now his time had come to an end. It was time for another leader to take his place.
God clearly spoke to Joshua about how he was to lead His people. He used a key repeated phrase that He wanted him to remember, “Be strong and courageous” (Deuteronomy 31:7). And if he didn’t understand this the first time, God told him again and again.
The phrase be strong and courageous, is used 10 times in the Bible.
Clearly, God wants you to understand and live these principles as well. How do you live a life without fear?
Three ways to live a strong and courageous life:
1. Remember that God is always with you.
“Be strong and courageous, do not be afraid or tremble at them, for the Lord your God is the one who goes with you. He will not fail you or forsake you.” (Deuteronomy. 31:6)
“I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may be with you forever;…” (John 14:16)
“…for He Himself has said, “I will never desert you, nor will I ever forsake you,” so that we confidently say, “The Lord is my helper, I will not be afraid. What will man do to me?” (Hebrews 13:5–6)
2. Mediate on God’s Word and do what it says.
“This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it; for then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have success. Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous! Do not tremble or be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:8-9)
“Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth.” (2 Timothy 2:15)
3. Don’t be dismayed; God will fight for you.
“Joshua then said to them, “Do not fear or be dismayed! Be strong and courageous, for thus the Lord will do to all your enemies with whom you fight.” (Joshua 10:25)
“The Lord your God who goes before you will Himself fight on your behalf,…”
“Do not fear, for I am with you; do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.” (Isaiah 41:11).
“What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who is against us?”
Are you living in fear? It’s easy to look at your circumstances and become overwhelmed with the challenges that appear impossible to handle. Determine who you’re going to look to, and walk with every day. Will it be the world’s solutions, or will you resolve to walk in the strength and power of God Almighty?
“Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider Him who has endured such hostility by sinners against Himself, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.” (Hebrews 12:1-3)
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Kathleen Hardaway has been on staff with Precept Ministries International since 1982. Kathleen currently works with the Marketing and Media teams of the Ministry. She is an author and a speaker with a passion to encourage people to dream big and live the abundant life in Christ.