FEARLESS & VALIANT LIVING

You know yourself, fear leaks into your heart faster than you can say the word ‘trust’.

You know that the opinion of others tends to matter more you than glorifying God.

You know that your purpose is to be bold, but your tendency is to shy away.

  1. Boldness is rooted in confidence.

Courage is an important value that all parents want to teach their children. Well, the Bible is full of stories of courage and bravery, isn’t it? Right from Daniel standing his ground to David facing the giant – these stories offer important lessons in overcoming fear and making the right choices.

It doesn’t take courage to do what we already know we can do but true courage is displayed when you’re afraid to do something but you go ahead and do it anyway.

President Franklin D. Roosevelt knew that fear is what holds us back in meeting any enemy, whether it was the Depression or the Axis powers, he said in his first inaugural address, “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself — nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance.”

2 Timothy 1:7 says that God has not given us a spirit of fear but of power and He wants us to use it. Psalm 125:1-2 – tells us that those who trust in the Lord are like Mount Zion, which cannot be moved, but abides forever. As the mountains surround Jerusalem, so the Lord surrounds His people, from this time forth and forever. The above two verses teaches us on how to Live fearless because we are surrounded by God.

In Matthew 10:28, God says, I will never leave you, nor forsake you. You should have nothing to fear because he is confident through his God. God is calling us to be bold. If you have the tendency to not take chances in life because you’re afraid of making mistakes, God wants you to know He’s pleased with you when you try. It doesn’t matter if you don’t do everything exactly right. What matters is that you step out in faith, believing God will help you.

  1. Mistakes are part of fearless journey

There are so many people who are so afraid of making mistakes that they don’t do anything. Instead, they sit around saying, “What if I’m wrong?” Well, we’re all human and we’re going to make mistakes however silly it looks from time to time. We can be so afraid of being judged or criticized or getting laughed at. But the only thing fear does in our lives is stop our progress.

What matters to God is relationship not performance. God knows we aren’t perfect, and He’s totally okay with it. The problem is, the devil knows it too, and he does his best to tell us every step of the way.

We can care too much about what people think of us to the point where it totally immobilizes us and we are petrified about looking wrong. We need to stop living in fear of making mistakes, because we will make mistakes—however hard we try not to. God is not asking us to not make any mistakes. He’s calling us to be bold—fearless in approaching Him, in stepping out in faith, and in trusting Him to lead us.

So what exactly do we need to do to live fearless?

In Joshua 5: 4-10, after telling Joshua to let go of the past, God tells him He will give the Israelites the land promised to Abraham. In Joshua 1:3 God place some conditions to Joshua and Israelites if they are to get the Promised Land.

God’s promises always have a premise and part of that premise always involves fearless faith. The Lord promised to give them the land, but they had to march over every part of it. “Fearless living” understands God will do His part, but there is always a part for us to do. Faith does not presume on God; it trusts Him as we do His will.

Fearless faith requires letting go of the past. The past may include a bad church experience, failure, sin, divorce, or other discouragements in our lives. Whatever it is, we must let go of the past so we will be ready for the present. To live fearlessly, let go of the past and. Fear keeps us from fulfilling God’s will for our lives. We fear failure, being different, being labeled as religious fanatics, we fear a lot of things in our lives.

As I conclude I want to quote few verses in Jonathan David’s song “ I am no longer a slave to fear”

You unravel me, with a melody
You surround me with a song
Of deliverance, from my enemies
Till all my fears are gone

You split the sea

So I could walk right through it

My fears were drowned in perfect love

You rescued me

I’m no longer a slave to fear
I am a child of God
I’m no longer a slave to fear
I am a child of God

Fearless living requires you let go of the past, trust God’s promises in the present, and study God’s Word for guidance in the future.

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