This week, we opened a new devotional for Praise Thursday, and this is one that I think hits us all pretty hard. Fear is something almost all of us will battle during our lifetime, trying to paralyze you from truly living life. This devotional will lead you through five choices that will strengthen you and help you be victorious over fear.

Week 1! Here we go!

Fear has been around since the earliest of days.  It was one of the first emotions expressed in the Scriptures after the fall of man.  Adam said to God, “I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid’.  We humans lean towards being afraid.  We read throughout the Scriptures of men and women, like you and I, who were worried or fearful.  But, God!  God showed them how to overcome their fears, and He is faithful to do that for you as well.

So, what does fear do? Fear prompts us to cover up what we really feel. Think about it for a moment. Whether you face a fear of failure, fear of rejection, fear of not being enough, fear of losing control, fear of violence, fear of illness or death, or any kind of phobia, you will end up hiding. Fear causes people to hide by disguising who they really are from others (even from themselves at times) or to pretend to be someone else. Fear leads to people hiding from God much like Adam and Eve did in the Garden of Eden.

If you wrestle with any form of fear, be encouraged in the fact that others have gone before you and have defeated this stronghold. It takes courage to face your fears.  Choose today to trust in God to help you by placing your faith in Him. He will empower you with all you need to overcome your fear(s). Faith is something you can choose to exercise as you engage in this battle against fear. Don’t listen to the lie that you cannot defeat. You only need a little amount of faith to move that mountain. Faith will grow as it feeds on the truth of the Word of God. Faith can bring your hope into reality.

Here are the bible verses that we looked at today:
Genesis 3:10
He answered, “I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid.”
Matthew 17:20
He replied, “Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”
Hebrews 11:1
Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.

As we pray today, choose faith over fear.  When fear comes knocking, will it find faith standing at the door? How can you choose faith today?
Here’s our prayer:
“Lord, I pray that I don’t let fear disguise who I really am. I don’t want to pretend to be someone else. I am wrestling with fear, and I feel like it’s a battle that I cannot win. Give me the encouragement and courage to defeat this stronghold. Give me the strength today to choose to trust in You. Empower me with everything that I need to overcome my fears. Give me the strength to block out the lies that I cannot defeat. Give me the faith that I need to move this mountain. Bring your hope of defeating this stronghold of fear into reality. I know You are faithful and will help me overcome these fears. Give me the patience and give me the strength as we fight this battle. I will live in the hope that fear will not defeat me. Amen.”

Thanks for listening!
– Lilly and Hannah