A few weeks ago I began our small group by handing everyone a small blank note card and asking them to write a list of things that they would do if they were bolder. What would you do if you were bolder? One minute. Go!
Take just a minute and list one thing you would do if you were bolder.
As some of you may already know, Breath on Paper began nearly three years ago as a small group. We continue to meet on Sunday afternoons and spend quality time together. God has brought some great gals to our group! The concept behind this blog is to ask God what He wants us to write, be obedient to write it, and get it turned in on time. We are all busy women — wives, moms, friends, and church ladies — and I cannot tell you how much I admire these women and the commitment to keep this blog going.
This summer’s writing has been on a path. We began with salvation. Writing about what salvation means to us from when we committed our life to Jesus and were saved. Isn’t that really where it all starts? Salvation is the first step.
This week we began writing about Fear. What causes you fear? How do you deal with fear? What does God say about fear?
A few weeks ago Kris Vallotton, from Bethel, stated that he believes “fear is the most accepted sin in the church.” Every time I don’t do something because I am afraid of judgment, failure, or letting someone down because of fear, I am sinning. I’m not sure I had ever thought about my fear as a sin. That has caused me some thought.
Thinking back to that list on the note card… What would I do if I were BOLDER? The point being: IF I had one thing on my list, then I have allowed fear to rule over me.
But how do I live with enough boldness to not fear?
I am reminded of the story of Joshua. God says to him:
“Moses my servant is dead. Now therefore arise, go over this Jordan, you and all this people, into the land that I am giving to them, to the people of Israel. Every place that the sole of your foot will tread upon I have given to you, just as I promised to Moses.
Only be strong and very courageous, being careful to do according to all the law that Moses my servant commanded you. Do not turn from it to the right hand or to the left, that you may have good success wherever you go. This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. 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 1:2,3, 7-9
God promised Joshua that He would give them the land He had been promising for the last 430 years (the years since Abraham). BUT He commanded Joshua to be strong and very courageous. He cautioned him: “This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.”God tells Joshua the key to being strong and courageous: Keep God’s Word ever on your heart. Doesn’t that same key apply to us? What if we applied the same truth that God gave to Joshua?
I would like to share a few verses regarding fear that I plan to meditate on:
- 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)
- [Cast] all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you. (1 Peter 5:7)
- [The Lord] will be with you; he will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed. (Deuteronomy 31:8)
- Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. (Proverbs 3:5)
- God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:19)
My prayer is that you will join me in meditating on these. In doing so, we can eliminate that list of things we are afraid to do.
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