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Today’s 333 Devotional: “Fear–A Four-Letter Word”
There are many things we fear, and what I can say is that fear is a real killer, it is a killer of faith. Fear paralyzes our potential, keeps us from launching out, and from having the type of faith to move forward into God’s will.
“Fear” is a four-letter word that has stopped a whole lot of people dead in their tracks, especially Christians, even though we’ve been told that God has not given us the spirit of fear, but of power, love, and of a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7).
Fear is therefore a part of our everyday lives, and it always has been from the very beginning.
After Adam and Eve ate the forbidden fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, they were afraid and hid themselves when they heard God calling for them.
Adam said, “I was afraid because I was naked; and I hid myself.” (Genesis 3:10)
How sad is that, when we are unwilling to face our fears, like Adam and Eve, we try to hide ourselves from God. Now do you see why I say that fear is a faith killer.
But to this fear, the Lord says to us what He said to Joshua when he and the children of Israel were about entering into the Promised Land.
“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:9)
Through the prophet Isaiah, the Lord said, “Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” (Isaiah 41:10)
And what did Jesus say? He said, “And lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:20b)
And so, it is our faith in Jesus that overcomes the fears of the enemy.
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