troops don't go into battle without training. they don't march into war without first having learned how to fight. if we are to battle our fears, we must also prepare ourselves. paul urges us in ephesians to be fitted and ready with the armor of God:
take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. [ephesians 6:16-17]
when fear strikes, our faith and salvation will protect us, but we can do more than that. we can fight back. a sword is used to fight, to attack. it's meant to engage the enemy, to harm him. the sword is used to win a battle.
our sword is the very word of God...
the Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. [deuteronomy 31:8]
the Lord is my light and my salvation— whom shall i fear? the Lord is the stronghold of my life— of whom shall i be afraid? [psalm 27:1]
when i am afraid, i will trust in you. in God, whose word i praise, in God i trust; i will not be afraid. [psalm 56:3-4]
'do not be afraid of them, for I am with you and will rescue you,' declares the Lord. [jeremiah 1:8]
so don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows. [matthew 10:31]
spend time in His word. be trained, be ready. His words are not merely suggestions; they are guarantees. He will never leave, He will always rescue. we can face fear with complete confidence in the promises of His word.
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