Do Not Be Afraid

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Devotion:  Isaiah 41:10

               Want to know the secret to defeating every                                     looming fear dwelling inside of you?  

Let’s examine the lives of two men who lived during biblical times and knew how to face any fear head on.  Each  one acknowledged  where their strength came from.  They held on to one common thread of hope.

                               The battle is the Lord’s.

Let’s see how David fought his battle of fear.  In 1 Samuel 17:33, Saul spoke words that would strike fear in any man’s heart.

1.    Saul was a man of authority.  He said these words of                    defeat; “You are not able.”  David did not allow this lie to              take root.

2.    You are a youth.  David knew he was young but he also               knew the God who had helped him defeat the lions and the         bears.

3,     Goliath, a giant; was a man of war from his youth.

It looks as if David had three strikes against him. He was not out! He trusted in the Lord his God.  In verses 35-37 David began to praise and thank God for what He had done in the past.

When Saul saw David’s courage and determination; he changed his tune.  He told David, “Go and the LORD, be with you!”  Other people see your great faith.

When a great multitude from Syria was coming to battle against Jehoshaphat and the people of Judah; how did Jehoshaphat respond? We find in 2 Chronicles 20: 2-3

  1.     Jehoshaphat feared and set himself to seek the LORD.        
  2.     He proclaimed a fast through out Judah.
  3.     He acknowledged God had the power and might.                                                                                                                         The people began to praise and worship the Lord their God.  It was through prayer and praise; they were delivered and restored from the Syrians.

The battle against fear seems to lie in praise and worship of the Lord our God.  Let us pray for one another to be strong and of good courage.  The Lord our God is with us.

Prayer in Motion:

Lord, may I always remember where my help comes from.  May I not be afraid of what man may do to me.  You are my constant Companion and Protector.  You will keep me in peace and build me up in my most Holy faith.  No weapon formed against me will prosper.

 

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