These words are said to us from God over and over. Starting with Moses and the Children of Israel:
Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” Deut. 31:6
On and on through the prophets:
Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you and will rescue you,” declares the Lord. Jeremiah 1:18
And to the final completion in Immanuel:
Do not be afraid. I am the First and the Last. I am the Living One; I was dead, and behold I am alive for ever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and Hades. Revelation 1:17-18
So whatever you face today, walk humbly with our risen Lord and “Do not be afraid.”
It’s been almost three weeks since I read this post, and the verse from Deuteronomy has been haunting me ever since (not in a bad way). I keep thinking, ‘who am I, so weak and frail and easily prone to all variety of discouragements in this life, to actually be strong and courageous?’ But there it is in black & white straight from God’s Word, that because of Him I can be strong and courageous. This is a challenge of faith for me. I’m excited to see what happens as I step further toward courage, trusting that the Spirit of Christ who lives in me will always be my strength. Thank you for sharing this devotional Stephen.
I find it interesting that God takes us because of who He is rather than who we are.
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