Do Not Fear! – Part 2

Devotional for Today, December 5, 2019

“Though an army besiege me, my heart will not fear.” (Psalm 27:3 NIV)

The Bible says that we’re kept by the power of God through faith (1 Peter 1:5).  Faith is what lets the power of God work in us as we fight the battles of life.  God honors faith; but you can’t have faith and fear at the same time.  The Psalmist said, “Though an army besiege me, my heart will not fear.”  He knew:  if you’re afraid, you lose.  The enemy of our souls knows that, too.  So he threatens us, intimidates us, accuses us, and tells us that we’re not going to make it, in order to weaken our faith.   

The fact is that if we’re going to make it, we have to trust God.  That is the challenge the Israelites faced as they were about to go in to fight and possess the land God had promised them. God told them, “Do not fear,” and he gave them three promises that we can have faith in as well.  

First, God said to the Israelites, “When you go to fight the battle, I will be with you.”  We, too, have to count on that promise and confess, “God is with me today.”  It doesn’t matter how we feel.  In fact, going by our feelings instead of what God has said is what brings fear.  But we must have faith in his Word that tells us we are not alone.  

Further, the Lord says, “I’ll not only be with you; I’ll fight for you!”  Brothers and sisters, God is going to fight for us!  Remember that as you begin your day each morning.  As you get on that train, as you are in your school or your workplace, as you raise your children, he’s with you and he’s fighting for you! 

And finally, he has promised to give us the victory.  He has already won the victory for us through Christ; but now, in every battle of life, he has promised that we would be more than conquerors, just as he promised the Israelites as they went into the promised land. 

God is still saying today, “I will be with you, I will fight for you, and I will give you the victory.”  When will he give us the victory?  When we fight!  He won’t fight for us while we’re running or sitting on a sofa feeling bad for ourselves.  We have to stand in faith.  We have to put our trust in Jesus as we fight the good fight of faith.  

Praise the Lord, we don’t have to be afraid!  Let’s trust in the Lord!  And let’s praise him, even before we see the victory.  Anyone can bless God after they have won the battle, but God loves it when we praise him knowing that he will come through for us yet again!  

Read Psalm 27:1-3Deuteronomy 20:1-4.   

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