“Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the LORD your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you.”
Fear is to the Devil what faith is to the Lord. That is, Satan responds to, takes advantage of, and delights in fear the same way our Lord responds to, works through, and delights in faith. When I don’t know how the bills will get paid or if the relationship will be restored, or if the Covid-19 virus will prevail, the Devil will try to get me to become full of anxiety and fear. God, however, “has not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind” (2 Timothy 1:7).
Faith is like a muscle. It doesn’t grow unless it’s exercised. And we need to exercise faith in a most practical way. In the midst of the storm, when it seems as though our boat is sinking, we need to choose to be of good cheer. I have discovered over and over that when I make the decision to be strong, to be of good cheer, to not give into tears and fears, that the Lord is truly near.
Faith that works is not only a matter of having devotions in the morning or going to Bible study in the evening, but it’s a matter of speaking out that which we have taken in.
For he has said, I will never leave you, nor forsake you. So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper and I will not fear what man shall do to me. – Hebrews 13:5–6. Next time you are fearful about the future, boldly speak out what He has already said, and watch your faith grow.
Pastor William Del Casale