A Time for Courage
Read Judges 6 and 7
1.Sometimes fear is related to sin.
Sometimes we feel discontent or anxious because of sin in our lives The sins of worry, impurity, greed, unforgiveness, and many others can open the door to fear. Although believers in Jesus are always indwelt by the Holy Spirit, clearing our conscience of known sins enables us to walk in His power in a fresh, new way.
2. Our lack of courage can enable us to operate in God’s strength.
The Lord works through people who allow Him to use their weaknesses for His glory.
3. Discovering God’s will is an important part of overcoming fear.
The angel of the Lord told Gideon that he had been chosen to lead the people in battle against Midian and that God would give him victory (vv. 14, 16). However, Gideon wanted to make sure this was indeed the Lord talking to him. Gideon overcame his fear, in part because he asked for signs that God was indeed speaking to him. But the leader’s approach described in verses 36-40 is not recommended anywhere else in Scripture. While no one should stipulate how the Father is to confirm His promises, we certainly can ask Him to make His will clear to us.
4. Humanly speaking, God’s path to peace may not make sense at first. The world--and sometimes fellow believers--won’t always understand why we obey the Lord even when His commands defy common wisdom.
5. When we obey God despite our fears, He will fight our battles for us.
Our Prayer: Father, thank You for the promise that I don’t have to be afraid. You are always with me. I pray that I would learn to magnify You and let my fears fall into perspective. Help me keep a clean conscience and meditate on Your marvelous promises instead of giving in to anxiety. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.
Note: If you are suffering debilitating fears that prevent you from carrying out everyday tasks or result in panic attacks, you may want to seek professional help from a pastor or Christian counselor.