I wonder how David felt before facing the giant. Was he afraid? Was he facing a giant inside him before he stood face-to-face with Goliath?
Afraid or not, he stepped out in faith, conquered the giant, and brought glory to God.
Some days I feel like I’m facing a giant–an insurmountable problem that won’t go away. If I face it, I’m taking a risk. If I put myself out there, I might get hurt. If I try I could fail…
And so I’m left with a choice. I could ignore the problem (no, it won’t go away), or I could courageously face it in faith. I can run from the enemy, or I can get into prayer down on my knees before I get up and fight.
Courageous faith is willing to say I might get hurt. They might not accept it, but I’ll try to make peace. I might get rejected but I’m choosing love. I could get shut down, but I’m going to try. This might not be easy, but God’s in control.
Courageous faith tells me that I’m not fighting this battle alone. He goes before me, He’s with me, He’ll never leave or forsake me.
He goes before me to fight the battle before I even arrive. He softens hearts, opens doors, shuts down the enemy, and gives me faith over fear.
Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God. – Corrie Ten Boom
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Tilling the Soil
Read Deuteronomy 31 where Moses is encouraging Joshua to lead the nation of Israel to the Promised Land. Highlight every place in this chapter where it says “Do not be afraid” or “Be strong and courageous.”
Depending on the version of the Bible you are using, the words might be slightly different than what I have listed here.
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, NIV)
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Darlene Schacht and her husband Michael live in Manitoba Canada where the summers are beautiful and the winters are cold. Together they’ve come to learn that relationships aren’t always easy, but that marriage, the way God intended it to be, is a treasure worth fighting for.
She began her publishing journey about twelve years ago when she pioneered one of the first online magazines for Christian women, known at the time as “Christian Women Online Magazine.” After three years, Darlene left CWO to blog as a solo author at Time-Warp Wife Ministries.
It was also during this transition that she worked alongside actress Candace Cameron Bure to write the NYT Best-Selling book, Reshaping it All: Motivation for Spiritual and Physical Fitness. Reshaping it All was the winner of both the 2011 USA Best Book Awards and the 2012 Christian Reading Retailers Choice Awards.
Author of more than 15 books, Darlene continues to write and to minister to her readers through her blog at TimeWarpWife.com.
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