God never asks you to do anything or puts you in a position where He hasn’t equipped you to succeed. God always sets you up for success. As a Christian, this doesn’t mean you won’t experience fear. Rather, it means you’re equipped to overcome anything that causes you to fear. Joshua 1:9 tells us to be “strong and courageous” because the enemy uses fear to camouflage opportunities God sends your way. He works feverishly to get you to operate in fear so you’ll quit.
God is in the habit of exposing us to our fears, not just for us to overcome them, but also to draw us closer and build our trust in Him. And He accomplishes this through process; so that over time you become less sensitive and react differently to what you fear.
I’m always amazed at the sense of relief and empowerment I experience once I’ve tackled a fear. It not only boosts my confidence in God; it prepares me to face greater challenges. Often the very things you fear and avoid demonstrates what you’re actually capable of overcoming. God works through circumstances to extinguish the very source of fear and clear the path to great accomplishments.
Joshua 1:9 says to be “strong and courageous.” To be strong means to press on when you don’t think you have the strength to carry on. When you’re weak, God is made strong. To be courageous means to be determined, to persist in the face of adverse circumstances. Sometimes you have to keep telling yourself, “God is with me,” as you continue to press forward. God has commanded your strength and courage. Commands must be followed. You must choose to follow God and obey even when you’re afraid.
Trying times demand strength and courage. Just as God equipped Joshua for everything he faced and gave him the promise of His presence, He’s done the same for you. You’re not alone. God is with you every step of the way. He has great things in store for you. You may have to fight, but it’s a fixed fight. You Win!!!
Until next time…Be blessed!
Rev. Cynthia Jackson, Rhema Inspirations