Thursday, April 20, 2017

Steps to being Fearless

Dr. Ben Lerner in his book Body by God gives a great set of lessons on being fearless in life today. If you battle stress (like I do) on a constant basis, these tips are instrumental in reducing that stress and living a more peaceful life.

Dr. Lerner reminds us the "The problems ahead of you are never as great as the power behind you." God living in our lives is far greater than any problem we will ever face (1 John 4:4). Does that mean we will always defeat all the problems? No, at least not in this life. However, remembering this truth will help us overcome the many trials that we will face.

God never allows a problem that HE has not developed the solution. Again, that is not a carte-blanche statement that we will never fail in THIS life, but as a believer, the ultimate victory is always there. Our lives come with built-in problems, but we can face life heroically because we know God has our backs. God told Joshua (1:9, NLT), "This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” He made that promise to Joshua, and we see how He kept it. That same promise holds true to believers today. Previous to this promise, God gave Joshua some advice in 1:8 (NLT) - "Study this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do..." The same holds true today, we are to study the Bible, meditate upon it, and then obey it.

Tomorrow we will look at the account of King Jehoshaphat and how he used 5 important steps to being fearless.

Prayer: Lord of Hosts, I come to You today seeking to receive the promise that You gave to Joshua - the promise of Your continued presence wherever I go. I face challenges that are greater than I am, give me the ability to meet these challenges with fearless determination. Amen.

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