Facing Fears: A Journey of Faith

Be Strong and Courageous

DAILY DEVOTIONS

9/3/2023

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Facing Fears: A Journey of Faith

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go. Joshua 1:9

In a coastal town, fisherman faced a fierce storm while out at sea. Battling towering waves, he prayed to the Lord, recalling the disciples' ordeal on the Sea of Galilee. His trust in God's promise, "I am with you wherever you go," guided him safely home. His story inspired the townspeople, teaching them to confront fears with faith. The town became a place of unwavering belief, where courage and reliance on God's presence guided them through life's storms.

Fears often arise from the unknown, from situations that seem insurmountable. Just as the Israelites faced the imposing walls of Jericho, we encounter obstacles that fill us with trepidation.

In the Old Testament, Joshua was chosen to lead the Israelites into the Promised Land. God's command to be strong and courageous (Joshua 1:9) echoes through the ages, reminding us that our faith should outweigh our fear. When facing fear, Moses trusted in God's guidance and relied on His strength. Peter called out to Jesus for help when he began to sink, and Jesus rescued him. These actions demonstrate that turning to God in prayer and seeking His guidance are essential in facing our fears.

When Joshua faced the seemingly unconquerable walls of Jericho, he obeyed God's command without wavering. The Israelites followed suit, marching around the city with faith in God's promise.

To conquer fear, we must, trust God's Promises. Just as God promised to deliver Jericho into the hands of the Israelites, He has given us assurances in His Word. Seek His Guidance, prayer and meditation on Scripture provide the compass to navigate through our fears. Act with Faith, like Joshua and the Israelites, we must take action in faith, even when the odds seem against us. We should lean on Christ. Remember that Jesus is always with us, and through Him, we find strength and courage.

Heavenly Father, we stand before our own "Jerichos," the fears and challenges that seem insurmountable. Just as You led Joshua and the Israelites, guide us on this journey of faith. May we trust in Your promises, seek Your guidance, and act with unwavering faith. In the name of Jesus, who conquered all fears, we pray. Amen.

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