Oh no – what am I going to do? I’m scared to death! I hope I make it through the day! This could kill me! I don’t know about you (actually I do 😊) but I am so sick and tired of Satan successfully tempting us to be afraid when we should have courageous faith in God being with us.
One of Satan’s most effective lies is causing Christians to be afraid like King Saul instead of being fearlessly faithful like David. If (since) God is with us and fighting for us what in the world are we afraid of?! Fear paralyzes us and keeps us from having joy and peace. It pollutes our beautiful relationship with God. It plays right into Satan’s hand.
Enough already! RISE UP! Trust God! Attack fear with faith. Know that God is in control and He is with you every step of the way. Be determined to have a spirit of power and love and discipline! Read I Samuel 17:41-47 and II Timothy 1:7-8. Then listen to Rise Up by Third Day – AND THEN RISE UP!!!
1 Samuel 17:41-47
Then the Philistine came and approached David, with the shield-bearer in front of him. When the Philistine looked and saw David, he was contemptuous of him; for he was only a youth, and reddish, with a handsome appearance. So the Philistine said to David, “Am I a dog, that you come to me with sticks?” And the Philistine cursed David by his gods. The Philistine also said to David, “Come to me, and I will give your flesh to the birds of the sky and the wild animals.” But David said to the Philistine, “You come to me with a sword, a spear, and a saber, but I come to you in the name of the Lord of armies, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. This day the Lord will hand you over to me, and I will strike you and remove your head from you. Then I will give the dead bodies of the army of the Philistines this day to the birds of the sky and the wild animals of the earth, so that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel, and that this entire assembly may know that the Lord does not save by sword or by spear; for the battle is the Lord’s, and He will hand you over to us!”
2 Timothy 1:7-8
For God has not given us a spirit of timidity, but of power and love and discipline.
Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord or of me His prisoner, but join with me in suffering for the gospel according to the power of God,