Fear has no place in the heart, because it doesn’t come from God. Fear is used by the devil to keep us from doing God’s will. The devil will attempt to make us doubt our abilities, especially the ability to be courageous. How do we effectively shut the devil out and listen only to God? How do we become courageous?
We start with these five steps:
Ask the Lord to make His presence known to you in your heart; so that you know He is always with you, and will never leave you. “Fear not, I am with you; be not dismayed; I am your God. I will strengthen you, and help you, and uphold you with my right hand of justice” (Is 41:10).
Worrying never changes anything. It only wastes your time; time that could be better spent by employing courage. Listen to Jesus: “Do not worry about tomorrow; tomorrow will take care of itself” (Matt 6:34). “Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid” (John 14:27).
Do Not Give Up
Persevere in times of adversity, especially when all seems lost. If you give up, the devil will have won the battle. “But as for you, be strong and do not relax, for your work shall be rewarded” (2 Chron. 15:7).
With confidence in Christ Jesus, conquer the fear that keeps you from being courageous by remembering that with “God, all things are possible” (Matt 19:26).
Trust in the Lord
Place your trust in God, and then act courageously, despite any fear; knowing that He always has your back. “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, on your own intelligence rely not; In all your ways be mindful of Him, and He will make straight your paths” (Prov. 3:5-6).
Now, go out there and do the Lord’s will. Face the fear and move beyond it. Be courageous and make a positive difference in this world!
Sometimes, we just need to be patient. We’ll begin discussing the virtue of patience in our next reflection. Don’t miss it!