Daily Devotion 5-2

Since fear…
disregards God’s plan, 
distorts God’s purposes,
discourages God’s people, 
disbelieves God’s promises, and
disobeys God’s principles…
…how do you slay the giant of fear?
1. Confront Your Fear Honestly
You may long for your fear to simply vanish or wear off, but it isn’t going anywhere—not on its own. If you want to defeat it, you must be like David: Gather up your stones and advance boldly!
 
2. Confess Your Fear As Sin
We’ve already seen that fear boils down to disobedience. God says, “Fear not.” But we fear; we’re therefore in sin. We need to confess it and then take the steps that lead to victory: “I sought the Lord, and He heard me, and delivered me from all my fears” (Psalm 34:4). To walk with God is to walk fearlessly.
 
3. Claim God’s Promises of Protection
Many verses: Deuteronomy 31:6; Psalm 27:1; Psalm 118:6; Proverbs 3:25–26; Proverbs 29:25
My favorite: “Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand” (Isaiah 41:10).
 
4. Cultivate a Closer Relationship with God
Two of the twelve spies did not fear. It is interesting that the Bible says of those two: “For they have wholly followed the Lord” (Numbers 32:12).
Your fear level is ultimately a referendum on the closeness of your friendship with God. It’s a spiritual yardstick. 
“We fear men so much because we fear God so little” —William Gurnall
Walk forward for God BY FAITH in Him, and not in fear!!!!!!!!!!

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