Fear can paralyze us in many ways. Fear is not only an emotion, but a spirit that will prevent us from moving forward in life.
We need to be reminded not every obstacle that comes our way is the end of the world. God allows these obstacles and trials for a reason and a season. Other times its just outright evil that we face like the invasion of Ukraine 🇺🇦 by Russian leaders. Just like the Israelites who feared an evil Pharoah and Egypt. Israel faced giants in order to get into the promised land which was led by Joshua and Caleb which occurred much later.
This was their report to Moses: “We entered the land you sent us to explore, and it is indeed a bountiful country—a land flowing with milk and honey. Here is the kind of fruit it produces. But the people living there are powerful, and their towns are large and fortified. We even saw giants there, the descendants of Anak! But Caleb tried to quiet the people as they stood before Moses. “Let’s go at once to take the land,” he said. “We can certainly conquer it!” But the other men who had explored the land with him disagreed. “We can’t go up against them! They are stronger than we are!” So they spread this bad report about the land among the Israelites:
“The land we traveled through and explored will devour anyone who goes to live there. All the people we saw were huge. We even saw giants there, the descendants of Anak. Next to them we felt like grasshoppers, and that’s what they thought, too!”
Numbers 13:27-28, 30-33 NLT
The 10 spies lost hope and faith because they were intimidated. Caleb saw a different picture and knew that faith in God would give them the victory.
Well they got the victory doing it God’s way and not their own way! The walls of Jericho fell flat and they captured Canaan. See Joshua 6
When Moses led the Israelites the Red Sea opened on dry ground. Israel was afraid of Pharoah and his cohorts, but God had other plans because Moses instilled faith in them to believe and trust God no matter how alarming the situation was that they were facing. What are you facing now, today?
“Then Moses said to the people, “Do not be afraid! Take your stand [be firm and confident and undismayed] and see the salvation of the Lord which He will accomplish for you today; for those Egyptians whom you have seen today, you will never see again. The Lord will fight for you while you [only need to] keep silent and remain calm.”
Exodus 14:13-14 AMP
God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, of love, and a sound mind (or discipline). 2 Tim. 1:7
Friend face your fears today and allow the Lord to fight for you in your battle in spite of and you will see victory. March to Victory in the month of March.
“You will not have to fight this battle. Take up your positions; stand firm and see the deliverance the Lord will give you, Judah and Jerusalem. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Go out to face them tomorrow, and the Lord will be with you.’ ”
2 Chronicles 20:17 NIV
May we join together to pray for the nation and people of the Ukraine 🇺🇦 and the people of Russia. May the Lord pull down the evil strongholds over Russian leaders that, they would come to repentance in peace and not war. May we pray fervently for the children and families of Ukraine for safety and protection. May the Lord God intervene in this crisis in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.